Anyone who's ever started on an apartment search knows the basic math of renting, delivered here à la Biggie Smalls: Mo' money, mo' square footage. If you have more dollars to spend, you can get yourself into a bigger apartment. Much bigger, in some places.
From the deep South to deep in Manhattan, here is what it costs to rent five 1200-ish-square-foot apartments across the U.S.
In Birmingham, AL: $1,475
This historic downtown loft in Alabama fits two bedrooms in exactly 1200 square feet, plus massive windows and 15-foot-tall ceilings.
In Cincinnati, OH: $1,890
This walkable 2-bedroom, 3-story city condo for rent in Cincinnati is 1,198 square feet of natural lighting and upgraded finishes, plus a private patio.
In Chicago, IL: $2,800
This 2-bedroom, 2-bathroom spot on the river in Chicago features granite counters, a gas fireplace, in-unit laundry, a private patio and—drumroll please—included covered parking. Huzzah!
In Los Angeles, CA: $4,350
Here's a duplex-style, 1,195-square-foot loft near Hollywood & Vine in L.A. It comes with 1 bedroom, 1.5 baths, 11-foot ceilings and a 24-hour doorman.
In Manhattan, NYC: $5,150
This much space in Manhattan does not come cheap. If you can afford $5K per month, you'll be blessed with living in a 2-bedroom, 2-bath apartment in Harlem. Though it does come with lots of polish and in-unit laundry machines.