Changes in Rent: Philadelphia 2019

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Philadelphia is a city like no other. It’s the birthplace of the United States, where the founding fathers wrote and signed both The Declaration of Independence and The Constitution. It’s known as The City of Brotherly Love. It’s home to The Liberty Bell, the Philly Cheesesteak, and has the most murals of any city in the United States. There’s plenty of beautiful buildings, natural plants, and a whole lot of local culture.

This city also has a huge population of over 1.584 million residents, as of 2018. This population is constantly growing and has been for as long as the city has existed. In 2017, the city’s population was measured to be 1.562 million. This comes out to population growth of 22,000 people in just one calendar year.

To any populous city dweller’s dismay, as the population grows, rent prices are also bound to increase. It’s supply and demand!  To help you figure out your move, we decided to do some research on rents trends in Philadelphia and put together our findings. Here, we detail these trends, compare them to the rent trends of other cities in Pennsylvania, and compare them to the United States’ rent trends as a whole.

 

Average Rent in Philadelphia

Rent Jungle determined the average rent in Philadelphia to be $1,790 per month in April 2019. Rent Café determined the average rent for an apartment in Philadelphia to be $1,576 per month in May 2019. How could these two websites have come to different conclusions? Most likely, this difference is caused by Rent Jungles choice to not include studio apartments in their measurements. Rent Café, on the other hand, does use them.

The most recent yearly measurement of the average rent increase in Philadelphia was found to be 9.89%, according to Rent Jungle. According to Rent Café, though, the average rent increase in Philadelphia was found to be 5%. If we calculate an average monthly rent increase in Philadelphia; we find 0.82% for Rent Jungle and 0.42% for Rent Café.

 

Philadelphia Rental Prices by Neighborhood

Best neighborhoods map in Philadelphia

When choosing where you want to live, one of the first determinations you make is about the area. This is because we know location is as important as the home itself. As such, rental prices are also based heavily on location. Whether or not you already have a specific location in mind, it’s a smart idea to be aware of the average rent cost of specific Philadelphia neighborhoods.

 

Here Rent Jungle’s five most expensive neighborhoods in Philadelphia:

  • Fairmount-Spring Garden: $2,534 per month
  • Wharton-Hawthorne-Bella Vista: $2,298 per month
  • City Center West: $2,227 per month
  • Cobbs Creek: $1,974 per month
  • Poplar-Ludlow-Yorktowne: $1,970 per month

 

So, if you’re looking to live in the cream of the crop neighborhoods in Philadelphia, be prepared to spend a decent amount of money. Of course, these prices only apply to one and two-bedroom apartments. With studios, if they’re available, you can afford to spend a little less.

If you’re looking for apartments on a budget, these next lists will be more to your liking.

 

Here are the five least expensive neighborhoods in Philadelphia, according to Rent Jungle:

  • Rhawnhurst: $1,000 per month
  • Cedar Brook: $972 per month
  • Morris Park: $951 per month
  • Tioga-Nicetown: $910 per month
  • Fox Chase: $909 per month

 

If you’re considering a studio, then these averages will be more beneficial. Here are the three least expensive neighborhoods in Philadelphia, according to Rent Café:

  • West Fairhill: $741 per month
  • Tioga: $741 per month
  • Forgotten Blocks: $741 per month

 

The next five least expensive neighborhoods in Philadelphia are all tied at $755 per month and include the neighborhoods of Whitaker, Northwood, Kensington, Frankford Valley, and Frankford.

 

Philadelphia Rent by Apartment Size

Downtown Philadelphia with skyscrapers

We all know location is important, but deep down, we all dream of an apartment big enough to house all of our favorite furniture, decorations, and paintings, with enough room leftover to feel comfortable hosting the occasional dinner party if we feel like it. The bottom line is square footage is important, regardless of how experienced we are at stretching our space.

Rent Café measured the average apartment size in Philadelphia to be 789 sq. ft., which isn’t half-bad if you factor in the inclusion of studios. In a city of over 1.5 million people, the better part of 1,000 sq. ft. of home is a sizable average. If you know you want a bedroom or two, you’re probably in for an even better average square footage.

 

Speaking of which, here are Rent Jungle’s average rent prices in Philadelphia for one- and two-bedroom apartments:

  • One Bedroom: $1,623 per month
  • Two Bedroom: $2,004 per month

 

And here are Rent Jungle’s yearly average rent increases in Philadelphia by bedroom number:

  • One Bedroom: 10.23%
  • Two Bedrooms: 10.23%

Apartments in Philadelphia and the State of Pennsylvania

Curious how Philadelphia’s rent prices compare to similar cities in Pennsylvania? Here are the average rent prices in Pittsburgh, Allentown, Erie, and Reading (according to Rent Jungle)

  • Pittsburgh: $1,335 per month (Less than Philadelphia’s $1,790)
  • Allentown: $1,176 per month (Less than Philadelphia’s $1,790)
  • Erie: $695 per month (Less than Philadelphia’s $1,790)
  • Reading $859 per month (Less than Philadelphia’s $1,790)

So, in addition to your personal budget, how much you’re willing to spend should really depend on what you’re looking for from the city you live in.

Philadelphia city

Prices in Philadelphia and the U.S.

Here is how Philadelphia’s rent trends compare to the rest of the United States (according to apartmentlist.com):

  • Annual Rent Increase of 1.5% (Philadelphia: 5%)
  • One-Bedroom Apartment: $951 Monthly Rent (Philadelphia: $1,623)
  • Two-Bedroom Apartment: $1,180 Monthly Rent (Philadelphia: $2,004)

 

Now that you’re up to date on rent trends in Philadelphia see what else is trending in Philadelphia, and find out helpful tips about moving in Philadelphia while you’re at it.

Also, if you’re interested; check out these Philadelphia Moving Out Tips, as well as Philadelphia’s Best Neighborhoods for Millennials.

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