The average rent in Boston is high and growing.

We're one step away from helping you choose where to live in Boston. Before we dive in, let's check out an infographic we put together on average rent prices in Boston, sorted by individual neighborhood — we wanted to make sure you were armed to the teeth with insight before you figure out where to look for apartments. Check it out below!

Rent prices in Boston haven't seen a decrease since 2009. Dang.

According to the most recent Greater Boston Housing Report Cardrents in Boston have risen in every single year since 2009 and in every single quarter since at least the beginning of 2012.

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Explore average rents by neighborhood and apartment size.

Jumpshell also put together this infographic to clearly show information about rent prices by neighborhood, by unit size and rent costs per person.Data provided by RentMetrics and RentRange:

Average Rents in Boston | Create Infographics

Heads up! What you pay this year won't be what you pay next year.

Zillow also crunched the numbers on neighborhoods in Boston where rents have fluctuated the most — both up and down. This is really important to consider before you rent somewhere.

Imagine, you've found a great apartment in a neighborhood you love and it's right on budget — but if you're living in West Cambridge (for example), you could potentially be facing a 12% increase in your rent the next year.

If you're not emotionally prepared to make another move in a year, you may want to think about another neighborhood. 

Check out the biggest movers (according to Zillow) below:

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Source: Zillow Real Estate Research

Before you rent an apartment, ask the landlord how much the rent will go up.

Before you sign a lease, it's always a good idea to ask the landlord how much the rent increased from last year and how much they anticipate raising the rent the next year. It's hard for landlords to know exactly, but even getting a ballpark is helpful. 

Landlords can pretty much raise their rents as much as they want — to whatever "the market" (i.e. a renter) is willing to pay. Take what they raised the rent by the previous year and apply that to what you can expect to pay next year as well and make sure it's still in your budget.


Curious about rent prices in Cambridge, MA? Check out:

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What's next?

The Best Neighborhoods in Boston For You.

This is it! All the prep work is done and now you can sink your teeth into figuring out where exactly you'll want to live in Boston. You're doing a phenomenal job so far and we're pumped to continue supporting you on this exciting journey. Let's go!


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