Renting ‘Round the U.S.

September 24, 2012 | 0 Comments

Renting 'Round the U.S. - ForRent.com & Homes.comRenting ‘Round the US

People are constantly moving for one reason or another and it’s hard to know if there’s an apartment or home available in the city they’re moving to.

If you’re planning to relocate for your career or simply eyeballing your dream location, it is helpful to know there’s a rentable place with your name on it.

To help you decide on a spot, here’s a sampling of rental attributes across the U.S.

Location: (indicating the a ‘Average hourly wage to afford a two bedroom’, and ‘Average cost per month for a two bedroom’ [19])

Greensboro, NC[12]

  • Average hourly wage for a 2 bed: $12.56
  • Average Cost Per Month for a 2 bed: $653.00
  • Greensboro’s cost of living is 3.1% lower than the national average.
  • Ranked as one of the best cities to spend the holidays.
  • This city is considered one of the most financially sound areas in the nation. Greensboro is ranked 12 out of 50

Cincinnati, OH [8]

  • Average hourly wage for a 2 bed: $13.90
  • Average Cost Per Month for a 2 bed: $723.00
  • The median commute for residents is only 20 minutes.
  • At least 54% of the population has completed some college.
  • Only 12% of the population has divorced. the national divorce rate for first marriages is 41%[24]

Lansing, MI [17, 20]

  • Average hourly wage for a 2 bed: $14.23
  • Average Cost Per Month for a 2 bed: $740.00
  • Lansing’s cost of living is 18.3% lower than the national average.
  • Lansing’s Potter Park Zoo, which first opened in 1915, is a historic landmark encompassing over 100 acres and a 58 acre zoo that hosts over 500 animals
  • This town is revered as one of the most environmentally friendly locations in the U.S. – Lansing is ranked 33 out of 100

Grand Rapids, MI [14, 18]

  • Average hourly wage for a 2 bed: $14.31
  • Average Cost Per Month for a 2 bed: $744.00
  • Grand Rapids’ cost of living is over 16% less than the national average.
  • The city rates among the top 25 manliest places to live.
  • This bustling metropolis has been proclaimed as one of the “Cities on the Edge of Greatness.”

Spokane, WA [16]

  • Average hourly wage for a 2 bed: $14.52
  • Average Cost Per Month for a 2 bed: $755.00
  • If you’re a worry wart, this is one of the best states to avoid natural disasters.
  • Spokane has been voted one of the most secure places to live.
  • Of the greenest areas, this city is one of the cleanest.

Raleigh, NC [11, 22]

  • Average hourly wage for a 2 bed: $16.33
  • Average Cost Per Month for a 2 bed: $849.00
  • Between 2000 and 2011, Raleigh’s population grew by 37.69%.
  • Unemployment rates are below the national average at 6.7%.
  • The average household makes $56,150 annually.

Tucson, AZ [4]

  • Average hourly wage for a 2 bed: $16.54
  • Average Cost Per Month for a 2 bed: $860.00
  • 1,511 restaurants to choose from.
  • The city has clear skies for 53% of the year.
  • On average, only 7.6% of people have a 45 minute or longer commute.

Phoenix, AZ [3]

  • Average hourly wage for a 2 bed: $16.73
  • Average Cost Per Month for a 2 bed: $870.00
  • High summertime temperatures but very mild winters.
  • Many museums and tours available.
  • The area is centrally located to Las Vegas, Mexico, The Grand Canyon, and Southern California.

Portland, OR [21]

  • Average hourly wage for a 2 bed: $17.13
  • Average Cost Per Month for a 2 bed: $891.00
  • The average income in Portland is $50,203.
  • The median resident age is 35 years old.
  • Most livable city, according to Forbes.[2]

New Orleans, LA [13]

  • Average hourly wage for a 2 bed: $18.23
  • Average Cost Per Month for a 2 bed: $948.00
  • New Orleans is one of the top five best places for block parties.
  • This famous city is also ranked as one of the most sleepless cities in the U.S.
  • The city is also known for being extremely popular with single people.

Austin, TX [5]

  • Average hourly wage for a 2 bed: $19.02
  • Average Cost Per Month for a 2 bed: $989.00
  • Top city for food.
  • Best city for health and fitness.
  • Rated the best location for small businesses.

Sacramento, CA [7]

  • Average hourly wage for a 2 bed: $19.63
  • Average Cost Per Month for a 2 bed: $1,021.00
  • Downtown re-development has resulted in, among other things, 30 new restaurants.
  • Further construction will result in 12,000 new housing units.
  • Boating, fishing, and waterskiing are commonplace.

Philadelphia, PA [9]

  • Average hourly wage for a 2 bed: $20.67
  • Average Cost Per Month for a 2 bed: $1,075.00
  • The lowest tax bracket for state income tax in Philly is a mere 3.07%.
  • Philly is host to over 9,500 restaurants.
  • The racial diversity index is 353.7 making this an extremely diverse city (the national average is 100).

Seattle, WA [1]

  • Average hourly wage for a 2 bed: $21.12
  • Average Cost Per Month for a 2 bed: $1,098.00
  • 13th largest metropolitan area.
  • Home to 3.3 million people.
  • Free bus transport, a monorail system, and a waterfront trolley.

Newark, NJ [23]

  • Average hourly wage for a 2 bed: $24.79
  • Average Cost Per Month for a 2 bed: $1,289.00
  • Newark spends $6,941 more on each public school student than the national average.
  • Cost of living is 18.5% higher than the national average.
  • 32.3% of the population is single.[26]

Somerset, NJ [10,25]

  • The unemployment rate is 2.1% under the national average
  • The median age for the Somerset resident is 39.8 years old.
  • Somerset’s cost of living is 31% higher than the national average

Washington, DC [15]

  • Average hourly wage for a 2 bed: $28.96
  • Average Cost Per Month for a 2 bed: $1.506.00
  • This historical location has 31 museums, which are all accredited by the American Association of Museums.
  • 66% of the population has completed at least some college.
  • Washington is extremely diverse in culture and race.

Orange County, CA [6]

  • Average hourly wage for a 2 bed: $31.77
  • Average Cost Per Month for a 2 bed: $1,652.00
  • 7,802 restaurants in the area.
  • The median age is 28 years old.
  • Orange County has a household marriage rate of 42.2%.

Conclusion

Though it is natural to have concerns about any new move, you can’t help but to look forward to the unique qualities and new experiences each city has to offer.

Considering the reputation of these few great cities, there are quite a number of promising points of interest on the horizon. Exciting adventures and expanding career options await you.

 
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Sources
[1] http://www.seattletimescompany.com/working/seattle.htm
[2] http://www.liveworkportland.org/live-in-portland/why-live-in-portland/
[3] http://www.streetdirectory.com/travel_guide/73257/america_properties/ten_great_reasons_to_live_in_phoenix.html
[4] http://money.cnn.com/magazines/moneymag/bplive/2011/snapshots/PL0477000.html
[5] http://www.realtyaustin.com/relocation/austin-rankings-2012.php
[6] http://money.cnn.com/magazines/moneymag/bplive/2011/snapshots/PL0669000.html
[7] http://www.kiplinger.com/features/archives/2008/05/2008-best-cities-sacramento.html?si=1
[8] http://money.cnn.com/magazines/moneymag/bplive/2011/snapshots/PL3915000.html
[9] http://money.cnn.com/magazines/moneymag/bplive/2011/snapshots/PL4260000.html
[10] http://www.bestplaces.net/city/new_jersey/somerset
[11] http://www.bestplaces.net/city/nc/raleigh
[12] http://www.bestplaces.net/city/nc/greensboro
[13] http://www.bestplaces.net/city/louisiana/new%20orleans
[14] http://www.bestplaces.net/city/michigan/grand_rapids
[15] http://money.cnn.com/magazines/moneymag/bplive/2011/snapshots/PL1150000.html
[16] http://www.bestplaces.net/rankings/city/washington/spokane
[17] http://www.bestplaces.net/city/michigan/lansing
[18] http://www.bestplaces.net/rankings/city/michigan/grand_rapids
[19] http://nlihc.org/sites/default/files/oor/2012-OOR.pdf
[20] http://www.potterparkzoo.org/about-zoo/history
[21] http://www.city-data.com/city/Portland-Oregon.html
[22] http://www.kiplinger.com/features/archives/2008/05/2008-best-city-raleigh.html?si=1
[23] http://www.bestplaces.net/city/new_jersey/newark
[24] http://www.divorcerate.org/
[25] http://www.city-data.com/city/Somerset-New-Jersey.html
[26] http://www.bestplaces.net/docs/studies/solocities_list1.aspx
[27] http://www.phoenixasap.com/arts-museums.html

 
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