10 U.S. Cities Where the Median Rent Is $1,300 or Under

published Mar 1, 2023
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All across the country, people are grappling with the rapidly rising costs of living, particularly when it comes to making rent. According to a recent Zillow survey, workers making minimum wage can only afford a two-bedroom apartment in 10 out of the 50 biggest U.S. cities.

Coupled with widespread American debt and lingering inflation, simply finding a place to call home seems far more insurmountable than it should in 2023. Now more than ever, cities that stretch their residents’ wallets less than others are in high demand.

But according to Realtor.com’s January Rentals Report, there are still a few metropolitan areas where you can find apartments with a (fairly affordable) monthly rent that’s under $1,300.

Oklahoma City, Oklahoma takes first place with a median rent of $982, making the only city of the 50 largest U.S. cities to make this list. Additionally, none of the 10 cities listed are located on the West Coast, and only one city listed is located on the East Coast.

Following closely behind Oklahoma City are Louisville, Kentucky in second place with a median rent of $1,167, and Birmingham, Alabama in third place with a median rent of $1,178.

Here’s the full list of the 10 U.S. cities where rent is still somewhat affordable… for now.

  1. Oklahoma City, Oklahoma (median rent: $982)
  2. Louisville, Kentucky (median rent: $1,176)
  3. Birmingham, Alabama (median rent: $1,178)
  4. Rochester, New York (median rent: $1,235)
  5. Columbus, Ohio (median rent: $1,242)
  6. Indianapolis, Indiana (median rent: $1,266)
  7. Memphis, Tennessee (median rent: $1,274)
  8. St. Louis, Missouri/Illinois (median rent: $1,279)
  9. Cleveland, Ohio (median rent: $1,290)
  10. Kansas City, Missouri/Kansas (median rent: $1,298)