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Just sharing a thought.
Having lived and rented in cities in several parts of the country (as well as overseas), the rental market can really drive one "crazy". Rental prices sometimes make no sense at all when viewed in terms to the local economy and wages levels.
Here in the Northeast (1-2 hours from NYC), you can find some of the highest rents in the nation, but also some very good values. Old housing stock (some 3 families houses have huge rooms) where you can sometimes get a very good value (If you choose to buy you can use them as income producers charging very reasonable rents). In todays economy, there is still a markets for room rentals in some areas (college students, widowers, veterans). Some people just like to travel through life light.
Look for landlords who are creative and rent older units (at lower prices) and decorate them to suit your "apartment style tastes". Over the years, I've found that "inside" condition is much more important than outside. You can reshape some neighborhoods by paying attention to what is going on outside from the inside (hope you get it). And yes, find a "peaceful" roommate or two and share the expenses (electric/gas/water/oil) if you can. Thrift shops are great places to find nice stuff (I've found one in Bridgeport,CT that sells low cost new furniture). In most case, going it alone these days will always cost you extra money and headaches but you can make it if you use your head.
Renters, keep the faith!
The headline is "10 cities with the steeepest rent hikes", not 10 most expensive cities to rent. Obviously it is more expensive to live in NYC, Boston and Chicago than it is to live in Tacoma, etc.
They are way off in Denver. Not sure where they got their numbers from but I work in the apartment industry and we are dying on the vine all over the metro area. Don't be fooled by the numbers, we need help in the apartments in Metro Denver
Booooo to you for giving false info