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Denver Rent Increases in 2017 Were Even Worse Than You Thought

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As we've reported, rent prices have finally started to moderate in Denver. But these shifts follow a long period in which rental costs continued to go up and up and up in the Mile High City's red-hot housing market. Even with recent improvements, rents for one-bedroom apartments during the course of 2017 have increased by well over 15 percent, a rate that's the third highest out of 100 large and mid-sized cities across the country.

The figures come from Zumper, whose December rent report crunches numbers from coast to coast.

The average one-bedroom rent in Denver for this month — $1,410 — lands in a tie for fifteenth-highest in the United States. That total isn't especially laudable, but it's not nearly as bad as those in the top seven cities, all of which suffer from median one-bedroom rents in excess of $2,000 per month. Indeed, San Francisco one-bedrooms go for a jaw-slackening $3,390 per month.

Then again, rents in SF have only gone up by 1.8 percent on a year-to-year basis, or less than one-eighth the pace in Denver. Indeed, there are only two cities tracked by Zumper where year-to-year rent for a one-bedroom have gone up more quickly than in Denver, and only by .1 percent and .2 percent, respectively. Moreover, the cost of rent in Denver is higher than in either of those places, or any other entrant in the top ten.

Gulp.

Continue to count down the one-bedroom costs and year-to-year changes for all 100 cities included in the latest roundup, from the places with the greatest decreases in cost to the ones with the largest price boosts.

Number 100: Chicago, Illinois
Current price for a one-bedroom: $1,530
Year-to-year rent increase for a one-bedroom: -15.9 percent


Number 99: Lincoln, Nebraska
Current price for a one-bedroom: $610
Year-to-year rent increase for a one-bedroom: -15.3 percent


Number 98: Minneapolis, Minnesota
Current price for a one-bedroom: $1,210
Year-to-year rent increase for a one-bedroom: -12.3 percent


Number 97: Chesapeake, Virginia
Current price for a one-bedroom: $860
Year-to-year rent increase for a one-bedroom: -11.3 percent


Number 96: Laredo, Texas
Current price for a one-bedroom: $720
Year-to-year rent increase for a one-bedroom: -10.0 percent


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Des Moines, Iowa.
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Number 95: Des Moines, Iowa

Current price for a one-bedroom: $750
Year-to-year rent increase for a one-bedroom: -8.5 percent


Number 94: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Current price for a one-bedroom: $1,170
Year-to-year rent increase for a one-bedroom: -7.9 percent


Number 93. Buffalo, New York
Current price for a one-bedroom: $880
Year-to-year rent increase for a one-bedroom: -7.4 percent


Number 92: Augusta, Georgia
Current price for a one-bedroom: $650
Year-to-year rent increase for a one-bedroom: -7.1 percent


Number 91: Oakland, California
Current price for a one-bedroom: $2,060
Year-to-year rent increase for a one-bedroom: -6.4 percent


Number 90: St. Louis, Missouri
Current price for a one-bedroom: $690
Year-to-year rent increase for a one-bedroom: -5.5 percent


Number 89: New Orleans, Louisiana
Current price for a one-bedroom: $1,380
Year-to-year rent increase for a one-bedroom: -4.2 percent


Number 88: Austin, Texas
Current price for a one-bedroom: $1,150
Year-to-year rent increase for a one-bedroom: -3.4 percent


Number 87: New York, New York
Current price for a one-bedroom: $2,900
Year-to-year rent increase for a one-bedroom: -3.3 percent

Number 86: Tallahassee, Florida
Current price for a one-bedroom: $650
Year-to-year rent increase for a one-bedroom: -3.0 percent


Number 85: Miami, Florida
Current price for a one-bedroom: $1,750
Year-to-year rent increase for a one-bedroom: -2.8 percent


Number 84: San Antonio, Texas
Current price for a one-bedroom: $850
Year-to-year rent increase for a one-bedroom: -2.3 percent


Number 83: Lubbock, Texas
Current price for a one-bedroom: $550
Year-to-year rent increase for a one-bedroom: -1.8 percent


Number 82: El Paso, Texas
Current price for a one-bedroom: $630
Year-to-year rent increase for a one-bedroom: -1.6 percent


Number 81: Madison, Wisconsin
Current price for a one-bedroom: $1,210
Year-to-year rent increase for a one-bedroom: -1.6 percent


Number 80: Portland, Oregon
Current price for a one-bedroom: $1,330
Year-to-year rent increase for a one-bedroom: -1.5 percent


Number 79: Winston-Salem, North Carolina
Current price for a one-bedroom: $680
Year-to-year rent increase for a one-bedroom: -1.4 percent


Number 78: Providence, Rhode Island

Current price for a one-bedroom: $1,360
Year-to-year rent increase for a one-bedroom: -1.4 percent


Number 77: Fort Wayne, Indiana
Current price for a one-bedroom: $490
Year-to-year rent increase for a one-bedroom: 0 percent


Number 76: Wichita, Kansas
Current price for a one-bedroom: $510
Year-to-year rent increase for a one-bedroom: 0 percent


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Albuquerque, New Mexico.
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Number 75: Albuquerque, New Mexico

Current price for a one-bedroom: $630
Year-to-year rent increase for a one-bedroom: 0 percent


Number 74: Greensboro, North Carolina
Current price for a one-bedroom: $660
Year-to-year rent increase for a one-bedroom: 0 percent


Number 73: Fort Lauderdale, Florida
Current price for a one-bedroom: $1,500
Year-to-year rent increase for a one-bedroom: 0 percent


Number 72: Honolulu, Hawaii
Current price for a one-bedroom: $1,700
Year-to-year rent increase for a one-bedroom: 0 percent


Number 71: Boston, Massachusetts
Current price for a one-bedroom: $2,250
Year-to-year rent increase for a one-bedroom: +0.4 percent


Number 70: Philadelphia, Pennsyvania
Current price for a one-bedroom: $1,410
Year-to-year rent increase for a one-bedroom: +0.7 percent


Number 69: Baton Rouge, Louisiana
Current price for a one-bedroom: $850
Year-to-year rent increase for a one-bedroom: +1.2 percent


Number 68: Glendale, Arizona
Current price for a one-bedroom: $700
Year-to-year rent increase for a one-bedroom: +1.4 percent


Number 67: Cincinnati, Ohio
Current price for a one-bedroom: $680
Year-to-year rent increase for a one-bedroom: +1.5 percent


Number 66: Norfolk, Virginia
Current price for a one-bedroom: $690
Year-to-year rent increase for a one-bedroom: +1.5 percent


Number 65: San Francisco, California
Current price for a one-bedroom: $3,390
Year-to-year rent increase for a one-bedroom: +1.8 percent

Number 64: Anchorage, Alaska
Current price for a one-bedroom: $940
Year-to-year rent increase for a one-bedroom: +2.2 percent


Number 63: Colorado Springs, Colorado
Current price for a one-bedroom: $840
Year-to-year rent increase for a one-bedroom: +2.4 percent


Number 62: Fresno, California
Current price for a one-bedroom: $870
Year-to-year rent increase for a one-bedroom: +2.4 percent


Number 61: Lexington, Kentucky
Current price for a one-bedroom: $750
Year-to-year rent increase for a one-bedroom: +2.7 percent


Number 60: Rochester, New York
Current price for a one-bedroom: $730
Year-to-year rent increase for a one-bedroom: +2.8 percent


Number 59: Atlanta, Georgia
Current price for a one-bedroom: $1,370
Year-to-year rent increase for a one-bedroom: +3.0 percent


Number 58: Tucson, Arizona
Current price for a one-bedroom: $660
Year-to-year rent increase for a one-bedroom: +3.1 percent


Number 57: Shreveport, Louisiana
Current price for a one-bedroom: $580
Year-to-year rent increase for a one-bedroom: +3.6 percent


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Chattanooga, Tennessee.
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Number 56: Chattanooga, Tennessee

Current price for a one-bedroom: $730
Year-to-year rent increase for a one-bedroom: +4.1 percent


Number 55: Henderson, Nevada
Current price for a one-bedroom: $990
Year-to-year rent increase for a one-bedroom: +4.2 percent


Number 54: Durham, North Carolina
Current price for a one-bedroom: $960
Year-to-year rent increase for a one-bedroom: +4.3 percent


Number 53: Raleigh, North Carolina
Current price for a one-bedroom: $980
Year-to-year rent increase for a one-bedroom: +4.3 percent


Number 52 (tie): Knoxville, Tennessee
Current price for a one-bedroom: $710
Year-to-year rent increase for a one-bedroom: +4.4 percent


Number 52 (tie): Arlington, Texas
Current price for a one-bedroom: $710
Year-to-year rent increase for a one-bedroom: +4.4 percent

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Long Beach, California.
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Number 50: Long Beach, California

Current price for a one-bedroom: $1,430
Year-to-year rent increase for a one-bedroom: +5.1 percent


Number 49: Charlotte, North Carolina
Current price for a one-bedroom: $1,170
Year-to-year rent increase for a one-bedroom: +5.4 percent


Number 48: Detroit, Michigan

Current price for a one-bedroom: $580
Year-to-year rent increase for a one-bedroom: +5.5 percent


Number 47: Akron, Ohio
Current price for a one-bedroom: $540
Year-to-year rent increase for a one-bedroom: +5.9 percent


Number 46: Corpus Christi, Texas
Current price for a one-bedroom: $900
Year-to-year rent increase for a one-bedroom: +5.9 percent


Number 45: Phoenix, Arizona
Current price for a one-bedroom: $890
Year-to-year rent increase for a one-bedroom: +6.0 percent


Number 44: Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Current price for a one-bedroom: $840
Year-to-year rent increase for a one-bedroom: +6.3 percent


Number 43: Newark, New Jersey
Current price for a one-bedroom: $1,000
Year-to-year rent increase for a one-bedroom: +6.4 percent


Number 42: Plano, Texas
Current price for a one-bedroom: $1,550
Year-to-year rent increase for a one-bedroom: +6.5 percent


Number 41: Dallas, Texas
Current price for a one-bedroom: $1,320
Year-to-year rent increase for a one-bedroom: +6.5 percent


Number 40: Omaha, Nebraska
Current price for a one-bedroom: $790
Year-to-year rent increase for a one-bedroom: +6.8 percent


Number 39: Aurora, Colorado
Current price for a one-bedroom: $1,100
Year-to-year rent increase for a one-bedroom: +7.1 percent


Number 38 Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
Current price for a one-bedroom: $680
Year-to-year rent increase for a one-bedroom: +7.9 percent


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Columbus, Ohio.
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Number 37 (tie): Columbus, Ohio

Current price for a one-bedroom: $650
Year-to-year rent increase for a one-bedroom: +8.3 percent


Number 37 (tie): Memphis, Tennessee
Current price for a one-bedroom: $650
Year-to-year rent increase for a one-bedroom: +8.3 percent


Number 35: San Diego, California
Current price for a one-bedroom: $1,890
Year-to-year rent increase for a one-bedroom: +8.3 percent


Number 34: Los Angeles, California
Current price for a one-bedroom: $2,200
Year-to-year rent increase for a one-bedroom: +8.4 percent


Number 33: Seattle, Washington
Current price for a one-bedroom: $1,840
Year-to-year rent increase for a one-bedroom: +8.5 percent


Number 32: Kansas City, Missouri
Current price for a one-bedroom: $870
Year-to-year rent increase for a one-bedroom: +8.7 percent


Number 31: Tulsa, Oklahoma
Current price for a one-bedroom: $620
Year-to-year rent increase for a one-bedroom: +8.8 percent


Number 30: San Jose, California
Current price for a one-bedroom: $2,400
Year-to-year rent increase for a one-bedroom: +9.1 percent


Number 29: Jacksonville, Florida
Current price for a one-bedroom: $940
Year-to-year rent increase for a one-bedroom: +9.3 percent


Number 28: Irving, Texas
Current price for a one-bedroom: $1,120
Year-to-year rent increase for a one-bedroom: +9.8 percent


Number 27: Nashville, Tennessee
Current price for a one-bedroom: $1,230
Year-to-year rent increase for a one-bedroom: +9.8 percent


Number 26: Fort Worth, Texas
Current price for a one-bedroom: $990
Year-to-year rent increase for a one-bedroom: +10 percent


Number 25: Indianapolis, Indiana
Current price for a one-bedroom: $630
Year-to-year rent increase for a one-bedroom: +10.5 percent


Number 24: Mesa, Arizona
Current price for a one-bedroom: $840
Year-to-year rent increase for a one-bedroom: +10.5 percent


Number 23: St. Petersburg, Florida
Current price for a one-bedroom: $940
Year-to-year rent increase for a one-bedroom: +10.6 percent


Number 22: Salt Lake City, Utah
Current price for a one-bedroom: $930
Year-to-year rent increase for a one-bedroom: +10.7 percent


Number 21: Bakersfield, California
Current price for a one-bedroom: $720
Year-to-year rent increase for a one-bedroom: +10.8 percent


Number 20: Virginia Beach, Virginia
Current price for a one-bedroom: $1,030
Year-to-year rent increase for a one-bedroom: +10.8 percent


Number 19: Washington, D.C.
Current price for a one-bedroom: $2,330
Year-to-year rent increase for a one-bedroom: +11.5 percent


Number 18: Las Vegas, Nevada
Current price for a one-bedroom: $840
Year-to-year rent increase for a one-bedroom: +12.0 percent


Number 17: Boise, Idaho
Current price for a one-bedroom: $830
Year-to-year rent increase for a one-bedroom: +12.2 percent


Number 16: Scottsdale, Arizona
Current price for a one-bedroom: $1,320
Year-to-year rent increase for a one-bedroom: +12.8 percent


Number 15: Richmond, Virginia
Current price for a one-bedroom: $1,040
Year-to-year rent increase for a one-bedroom: +13.0 percent


Number 14: Gilbert, Arizona
Current price for a one-bedroom: $1,100
Year-to-year rent increase for a one-bedroom: +13.4 percent


Number 13: Spokane, Washington
Current price for a one-bedroom: $730
Year-to-year rent increase for a one-bedroom: +14.1 percent


Number 12: Chandler, Arizona
Current price for a one-bedroom: $1,050
Year-to-year rent increase for a one-bedroom: +14.1 percent


Number 11: Toledo, Ohio
Current price for a one-bedroom: $550
Year-to-year rent increase for a one-bedroom: +14.6 percent


Number 10: Cleveland, Ohio
Current price for a one-bedroom: $700
Year-to-year rent increase for a one-bedroom: +14.8 percent


Number 9 (tie): Louisville, Kentucky
Current price for a one-bedroom: $930
Year-to-year rent increase for a one-bedroom: +14.8 percent


Number 9 (tie): Syracuse, New York
Current price for a one-bedroom: $930
Year-to-year rent increase for a one-bedroom: +14.8 percent


Number 7 (tie): Orlando, Florida
Current price for a one-bedroom: $1,150
Year-to-year rent increase for a one-bedroom: +15.0 percent


Number 7 (tie): Sacramento, California
Current price for a one-bedroom: $1,150
Year-to-year rent increase for a one-bedroom: +15.0 percent


Number 5: Reno, Nevada
Current price for a one-bedroom: $820
Year-to-year rent increase for a one-bedroom: +15.5 percent


Number 4: Houston, Texas
Current price for a one-bedroom: $1,260
Year-to-year rent increase for a one-bedroom: +15.6 percent


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Number 3: Denver, Colorado

Current price for a one-bedroom: $1,410
Year-to-year rent increase for a one-bedroom: +15.6 percent


Number 2: Baltimore, Maryland
Current price for a one-bedroom: $1,180
Year-to-year rent increase for a one-bedroom: +15.7 percent

Number 1: Tampa, Florida
Current price for a one-bedroom: $1,100
Year-to-year rent increase for a one-bedroom: +15.8 percent

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