You looked at the calendar and realized that your lease is coming to an end soon, and you're thinking of moving somewhere cheaper. While most headlines talk about the most expensive cities to live in, the opposite is also true.
There are many options where rent is affordable and less than the national average of $1,711 per month for a one-bedroom apartment. Maryland, Alabama and Michigan have seen significant decreases in average rents in the past year.
Keep on reading to check out the top 50 cities with the cheapest apartments in the country.
Finding a cheap apartment often feels like winning the lottery. Luckily for you, some of the most affordable apartments are found near or in city centers, so your commute isn't too bad. Save on rent in Tulsa, OK, Little Rock, AR, Athens, GA, Huntsville, AL, and Chattanooga, TN.
Grove City, PA, located about 60 miles from Pittsburgh, offers the cheapest rent for a one-bedroom apartment at $383 a month on average. It has remained this low with no real change over the past year. The small city is home to less than 10,000 people per the 2019 U.S. Census.
When comparing year-over-year rents across the country for a one-bedroom apartment, Westminster, MD, experienced the most significant decrease in cost as of July 2021. One-bedroom units have decreased 50 percent over the past year, now $846 per month on average.
That's still outside of our top 50 cheapest, though.
Both Conway, AR and Texarkana, AR, are in the top 10 for cheapest places to rent in the U.S. Arkansas is the only state with more than one city in the top 10. You can rent a one-bedroom apartment in either town for less than $700 a month on average.
Thinking of relocating? Check out the complete list of cheapest places to rent in the country, start downsizing and make your plan to move.
|Rank||City||Average 1BR Rent||YoY % Change|
|1||Grove City, PA||$383||NULL|
|9||Bowling Green, OH||$648||10.77%|
|10||Devils Lake, ND||$650||0.00%|
|11||State College, PA||$650||-1.36%|
|21||Oklahoma City, OK||$693||-7.86%|
|28||Sioux Falls, SD||$710||-0.08%|
|32||Granite City, IL||$725||NULL|
|35||Little Rock, AR||$733||-13.10%|
|37||New Albany, IN||$741||-35.24%|
|39||Grand Forks, ND||$748||-1.27%|
|42||Grand Blanc, MI||$757||0.43%|
Rent prices are based on a rolling weighted average from Apartment Guide and Rent.com's one-bedroom multifamily rental property inventory as of August 2021. Our team uses a weighted average formula that more accurately represents price availability for each unit type and reduces the influence of seasonality on rent prices in specific markets.
We eliminated markets with insufficient inventory.
The rent information included in this article is used for illustrative purposes only. The data contained herein do not constitute financial advice or a pricing guarantee for any apartment.