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

Updated on October 21, 2018
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Affordable Housing in Boston, Massachusetts is Available, but Long Waiting Lists are Common.
Affordable Housing in Boston, Massachusetts is Available, but Long Waiting Lists are Common.

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 information:

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.

I know its tough out there to find a decent place to live that's both safe and affordable, so I wish you the very best of luck. If there is anything I can do for you, please don't hesitate to put the request in the comments.

Take Care :)

This article is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge. Content is for informational or entertainment purposes only and does not substitute for personal counsel or professional advice in business, financial, legal, or technical matters.


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      Mike Gotti 

      3 months ago

      Boston & Affordable housing?? Are you serious??? How could you even use that picture up top. It's like saying the Red Sox & Yankees are allies! Yeah the waiting list is a long one alright, I've been waiting 13 years also I know a woman who has been waiting since she was pregnant with her now adult daughter. Come on now at least get these facts in the ballpark somewhere. You want affordable housing in Massachusetts you literally need a 30k/yr salary, A side hustle to supplement your starvation then you need another side hustle if you want to have lights & heat in your place.

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      4 months ago

      I need a place To live in the Boston north shore area. I am currently homeless and don’t know where to turn.

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      5 months ago

      Looking for temp motels bi weekly or by month for maybe 1 or 2 I'm in the brandy wine, waldof maryland need to be out in the next week or 2 please send any sugestions or locations .

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      10 months ago

      Hello I need to move as soon as possible in a biweekly or monthly hotel in the Memphis,Tn area

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      10 months ago

      Hi! I need to move quickly into a weekly or monthly hotel thats least expensive in the DMV area

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      Rachelle Williams 

      10 months ago from Tempe, AZ

      Where do you live in New Jersey?

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      10 months ago

      I would like to find aweekly hotel in new jersey.

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      Rachelle Williams 

      10 months ago from Tempe, AZ

      Hi Kathy,

      There is an Intown Suites in Tamarac, I'm not sure if they've tried that one, but those hotels tend to be on the cheaper side of the weekly hotels, but they aren't the most luxurious, if you know what I mean: Address: 8191 W Commercial Blvd, Tamarac, FL 33351 - Phone: (844) 209-0446. Also, they might try reaching out to HOPE of S. Florida @ 954.563.4357 to see if they have resources that might be of help, I wish you all the best.

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      Kathy Williams 

      10 months ago

      I am trying to help find a place for my son and his girlfriend and two little boys. They have been staying in hotels since Feb of this year. It's been hard for them so I am trying to help. If they could find a place with a good weekly rate they could save and work on getting a apt. I thank you ahead of time for your help. We live in North Lauderdale Florida so I would like to keep them somewhat close.

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      Rachelle Williams 

      13 months ago from Tempe, AZ

      You're most welcome! I hope it helps!

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      Sabana Siddique 

      14 months ago from India

      Nice info, thanks

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      Rachelle Williams 

      16 months ago from Tempe, AZ

      Thanks for your support, Dora!

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      Dora Weithers 

      16 months ago from The Caribbean

      Useful information. Thanks.


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