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Denver One-Bedroom Rent Up by Higher Percentage Than Any Other U.S. City

Denver One-Bedroom Rent Up by Higher Percentage Than Any Other U.S. City
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In recent weeks, we reported that metro Denver rents had hit new heights, with no end in sight. But the scale of these increases remains surprising, and worrisome, too. Indeed, a new report reveals that the price of renting a one-bedroom apartment in Denver went up by a higher percentage from month to month than in any other city in the country.

This bad news is contained in the August rent report from Zumper, which notes that the Denver rate hike is an outlier from a national perspective.

Across the country, one-bedroom rents actually decreased by 0.1 percent from June to July, the most recent month for which data is available — although U.S. rent for both one- and two-bedrooms remains up year over year by about 3 percent.

The story's different in Denver, where one-bedroom rent costs climbed, and climbed a lot, over the same period of time. The June-to-July increase was 4.9 percent.


That's not to say that the price tag in the Mile High tops that of every other community included in the analysis. The average price for a one-bedroom landed at $1,500, which moved Denver up six spots, to the sixteenth position.

That sum is less than half of the $3,500 per month the average one-bedroom is currently going for in San Francisco. Other ultra-steep one-bedroom rents can be found in San Jose ($2,550), Boston ($2,340) and Los Angeles ($2,330).

But if the bottom line is a little less daunting than it seems at first blush, the speed with which one-bedroom rents are rising in Denver suggests that the market correction so many folks have been eagerly anticipating is still a ways off.

Continue to count down the top 25 cities in the Zumper survey, ranked according to the percentage change in one-bedroom rents on a month-to-month basis. As you'll see, more than half of the communities — thirteen, to be precise — showed no rent increase from June to July or saw costs actually go down.

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Michael Roberts has written for Westword since October 1990, serving stints as music editor and media columnist. He currently covers everything from breaking news and politics to sports and stories that defy categorization.
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