Top 20 Cities With Affordable Rent in the U.S.

Updated on October 4, 2018
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Affordable rent is hard to find in many cities across the United States. Now, we’re not talking about dirt cheso housing, but rather, we mean decent, clean affordable housing in safe neighborhood.

We all know that there are some cities that traditionally have exceedingly high rent, like Los Angeles, the San Francisco Bay area, Seattle and New York City.

However there are many other cities across the United States where the rent is so high that it's forcing middle and lower middle income people to try to find alternative housing solutions.

Some people are forced to live in substandard housing, and some others are even forced to live in their cars. Van dwelling is becoming a way of life for many Americans.

This issue with not having enough affordable housing for average people is really getting out of hand. But, fortunately there are some cities across the United States that still offer affordable rental rates.

If you earn or can earn between $12 and $20 an hour, and you need to find permanent, affordable housing, keep reading.

We all know that housing is our biggest expense, so relocating to a different city for low rental rates or affordable housing in general, might be a smart idea for some people.

Each of the cities on the list below is a hyperlink. When you click the link, you will be taken to a dedicated page for each city.

Each city’s page will highlight helpful information, in case you might want to plan to relocate, and take advantage of the affordable housing opportunities.

Would you consider relocating for affordable rental rates?

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Okay folks, so here we go! Below is a list of the top 20 cities with affordable rent. This list was sourced from a study conducted by CNBC. Don’t forget to click the links to be taken to a city page for helpful relocation informatio:

Toledo, Ohio - Average Rent = $550

Memphis, Tennessee - Average Rent = $728

Glendale, Arizona - Average Rent = $758

Kansas City, Missouri - Average Rent = $885

Lincoln, Nebraska - Average Rent = $907

Indianapolis, Indiana - Average Rent = $937

Tulsa, Oklahoma - Avenrage Rent = $950

Detroit, Michigan - Average Rent = $954

Milwaukee, Wisconsin - Average Rent = $967

Tucson, Arizona - Average Rent = $970

Aurora, Colorado - Average Rent = $971

Columbus, Ohio - Average Rent = $981

Omaha, Nebraska - Average Rent = $1,022

Fresno, California - Average Rent = $1,079

Albuquerque, New Mexico - Average Rent = $1,109

Cincinnati, Ohio - Average Rent = $1,119

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania - Average Rent = $1,137

Tacoma, Washington - Average Rent = $1,138

Mesa, Arizona - Average Rent = $1,153

Phoenix, Arizona - Average Rent = $1,155.

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        Rachelle Williams 

        10 days ago from Tempe, AZ

        Thanks for your support, Dora!

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        Dora Weithers 

        13 days ago from The Caribbean

        Useful information. Thanks.

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