Special Report

Most Expensive Cities to Rent a Home

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10. Santa Maria-Santa Barbara, CA
> Median monthly rental cost: $1,697
> Share of income typically spent on rent: 32.8% — 36th highest of 384 metros (tied)
> Rental occupied housing units: 47.7% — 9th highest of 384 metros
> Median home value: $610,300 — 9th highest of 384 metros

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9. Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV
> Median monthly rental cost: $1,718
> Share of income typically spent on rent: 28.7% — 155th lowest of 384 metros (tied)
> Rental occupied housing units: 36.1% — 119th highest of 384 metros
> Median home value: $436,600 — 19th highest of 384 metros

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8. San Diego-Chula Vista-Carlsbad, CA
> Median monthly rental cost: $1,732
> Share of income typically spent on rent: 33.3% — 27th highest of 384 metros (tied)
> Rental occupied housing units: 46.1% — 13th highest of 384 metros
> Median home value: $595,600 — 12th highest of 384 metros

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7. Santa Rosa-Petaluma, CA
> Median monthly rental cost: $1,743
> Share of income typically spent on rent: 32.3% — 47th highest of 384 metros (tied)
> Rental occupied housing units: 38.7% — 71st highest of 384 metros
> Median home value: $640,000 — 8th highest of 384 metros

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6. Napa, CA
> Median monthly rental cost: $1,775
> Share of income typically spent on rent: 31.4% — 78th highest of 384 metros (tied)
> Rental occupied housing units: 35.2% — 137th highest of 384 metros
> Median home value: $666,900 — 5th highest of 384 metros

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