Personal finance site GO Banking Rates released a study this week on median rental costs for one-bedroom apartments across the country. The study also included the apartments’ average square footage and monthly utility costs. The median for all 50 cities was $1,234.43 — meaning half were higher, and half lower.
Ranking the 50 cities from least expensive to most, No. 1 Wichita, Kan., was the cheapest: $470.
Louisville ranked No. 13, at $750 a month. (That’s close the the median $713 from the authoritative Census Bureau.)
And the most expensive — hang on to your wallet! — was San Francisco, at a whopping $3,600 a month.
Just two other cities in the region made the list: No. 9 Indianapolis: $732, and No. 35 Nashville, $1,395.
Town & Country magazine has the full list of all 50.
Although Louisville didn’t offer the cheapest one-bedrooms, it did score at the top in two other measures. Apartments were the biggest, averaging 806.62 square feet vs. the average 678 for all those surveyed.
And the city ranked No. 1 in pet-friendly landlords; 51% of rental apartments allow pets. That was nearly double the 26% average.
Photo, below: San Francisco’s iconic Golden Gate Bridge, looking northwest to the city in the distance.