Has your roommate finally driven you to the very brink of sanity, leaving you no choice but to lurk on Zillow all day and night searching for the perfect studio apartment? Me neither, it's fine, love my roomie! But, um, if the idea of not having to wait for someone to take forever doing their 27-step skincare routine every morning sounds kinda tempting, we have some info you might be interested in.
While the bummer news is that housing prices are "dramatically rising" across the country (help), there are still some pretty affordable cities to live in solo. But the average cost of renting a studio apartment varies a ton from place to place—meaning you're going to be spending wayyyyy more of your poor, long-suffering paycheck living in a New York City "apartment" (read: closet masquerading as a studio) than you might in, let's say, Washington D.C. Meanwhile, Los Angeles is actually surprisingly affordable if you're in the mood to exchange your roommate's inability to do the dishes for some palm trees and beaches.
So, ready to find out exactly where you can afford to live? Check out the most (and least!) expensive places for single people to rent a studio in the United States—based on intel from RentHop. And note: this list goes from least to most affordable—with the final five cities being places that are relatively cheap to live in. Emphasis on "relatively," because $700 for a studio apartment is still a lot of money!
Bad news everyone hoping to move to Miami and live cheaply. It's the most expensive city in the country for single-income earners, and you gotta be willing to spend 37.24% of your gross monthly on that $1,800 studio you've been eyeing. Womp, but maybe worth it for the vibes.
Shocked that NYC isn't more expensive than Miami? Truly, same. But while a studio is more pricey at $2,450, rent ends up being "just" 36.99% of the average single person’s gross monthly income. I! Am! Not! Well!
New Orleans is technically the third most expensive city for single people to live but, compared to NYC and Miami it's not that bad. Studios go for about $1,269, which ends up being 32.82% of the average person's gross monthly income. Catch me eating beignets in 2022!
Slightly unexpected, but here we are! Guess being single in Raleigh isn't cheap, 'cause housing prices are $$$ relative to income—with an average-priced ($1,691) studio accounting for 31.86% of gross income. Rude.
The average cost of a studio in Boston is almost as expensive as in New York at $2,250. 😳 But guess people there make more money because this ends up being just 30.8% of gross income. Bummer, though: the average studio price went up by 21% this past year.
Rents are falling in Detroit, but you still have to spend a pretty big chunk of your monthly paycheck to live there. The average studio costs $880, which is 29.7% of a $35,555 income.
Thinking of moving to Philly? Honestly same because this photo is gorgeous. If you're making an average salary for the city ($52,176), you can expect to spend about 28.4% of your monthly income on a studio that costs around $1,235. Honestly, not bad for that foliage.
Slightly confused as to why Mesa is so expensive, but the median studio cost is $1,207 a month, which is a lot of money for the average person making $51,524. Ahem, 28.11% of their income, to be exact.
Moving to Houston seems worth it just to have something in common with Beyonce, but it's not cheap. The city is in the top 10 most expensive places for single income renters to live in the country, with a studio averaging around $1,449, or 28.04% percent of a person's annual income.
Anyone else shocked that North Carolina has two cities in the top ten and California has zero? ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ Anyway, please be advised that if you wanna get a studio in Charlotte, you should expect to spend around $1,450 (27.88% of an average income in the city).
The good: Studios in Memphis are averaging under $1k. The bad: That's still 27.24% of your income there.
While studios in Baltimore are kinda pricey at $1,250, that's just 27.14% of the average gross income so...decent!
You're gonna have to fork over about 27.11% of your income to rent if you make what the average single person does in San Antonio ($48,136). But on the plus side a studio is just $1,088, so yay!
Single people in Atlanta make a pretty dece salary of ~$72,830, and only have to spend a little over 27% of that on rent. Which seems great, but get in while you can because prices increased by over 13% this year alone.
Anyone spending over $2k on a studio in Fort Worth? You're getting ripped off because the average price is $1,264, aka 27.01% percent of the typical Fort Worther's (is that a thing?) income.
Finally California bothers to show up on this list. And surprisingly, San Diego is more expensive than its neighbor Los Angeles, with studios costing around $1,750, or 26.87% of the average single earner's salary.
Thinking of moving to Dallas? A studio will set you back ~$1,427 a month, which will be around 26.45% of your income if you're earning $64.7k a year.
Nashville's gotta be one of the coolest places a person can live, and it's not even thatttt expensive. Rent for a studio is about $1,350 give or take (in other words, 26.35% of an average person's income!).
Want to move to Florida, but Miami is slightly too unaffordable as, you know, it's the most expensive city to live in this country? Try Jacksonville. A studio there is $1,100, which is 26.22% of the average person's income instead of a whopping ~37%.
Well well well, look who decided to show up as number 21 on this list. But don't get too excited, Los Angeles is still plenty expensive depending on where you live. You can expect to spend $1,550, or about 25.75% of a $72,241 average income.
Prefer to live directly on the shore? Long Beach studios cost $1,395, or about 25.46% of a person's income if they're making around $65,739.
Or you could move to Virginia Beach, where the studio rent is just slightly cheaper than Long Beach at $1,350 (25.03% of the average monthly income).
How much does it cost to live in our nation's capital, you ask? The typical studio is pretty expensive at $1,958, but that's just 24.52% of the average single's income, which is a whopping $95,817. The wealth!
Benefits of living in Oakland? It's near some of the most gorgeous parts of the Bay Area, but more affordable than places like Palo Alto and Menlo Park. Studios cost ~$1,700, which is 24.13% of the average single resident's salary. Doable!
Of course, you could always live in, um, Fresno—where you can pay $950 for a studio, which ends up being 23.82% of the average monthly income.
To everyone wondering how expensive Chicago is compared to other big cities in America, it's ends up being right in the middle. The median rent costs $1,350 a month, which is 23.58% of the average income.
Kinda surprised Austin isn't higher up on this list considering the fact that all my friends keep moving there, but you can still snag a studio for $1,452 (23.34% of the average income).
Anyone dream of moving to Phoenix? It's pretty affordable! The median studio price to enjoy gorge sunsets like this is $1,080, or 23.15% of the average income.
A studio in Denver will set you back a little more at $1,384, but thanks to people earning a bit more there, this ends up being just 22.79% of an average annual income of $72,880.