Boston rents continue to rise higher than national average

by Liz Hughes

Boston rents rose again last month at a rate higher than national rent increases.

Apartment List’s latest rent report found Boston-area rents rose 1.3% month over month in April, compared to a 0.9% increase nationally, ranking Boston as 37th among the country’s 100 largest cities. 

Boston rents rose sharply over the past month, according to the report, up 15.4% from the same time last year, compared to the national rent growth of 16.3%. April was the fourth straight month rents increased in the city following a decline in December. 

The current median rent for a one-bedroom apartment in Boston is $2,045 and $2,179 for a two-bedroom unit. 

Despite the increase, Boston’s year-over-year rent growth fell below the 15.9% state average, and the 16.3% national average. 

While other large cities across the country saw more modest rent growth, Boston saw sharp increases making it one of the more less affordable areas. 

And it isn’t just Boston, other Bay State cities are experiencing similar if not faster growth and rental increases. Rents in Worcester grew 18.9% from last year compared to Boston’s 15.9% growth. 

Medford had the fastest rent growth in the area, rising 21.7% year over year with a median two-bedroom rent costing $2,588 and one-bedrooms going for $1,736. 

Cambridge had the most expensive rent of the largest cities in the Bay State where the median rent for a two-bedroom unit was $2,850. Rents there increased 2.2% month over month and 16.5% from last year. 

The least expensive rents in the area are in Lowell where the median rent for a two-bedroom unit is $1,793. Rents there grew 2.7% month over month and 11.8% from last year.

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