The Worst Places to Rent in America

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Renting an apartment takes a lot of time and research. One of the worst things that can happen is falling in love with a new place and renting it, only to find out it was a nightmare in disguise. Fortunately, WalletHub came out with a list of some of the best and worst places to rent in the country. We’ve analyzed their results to bring you a list of the places you might want to avoid. Here are the 10 worst places to rent in America according to WalletHub and research from around the web.

10. Jackson, Mississippi

  • Overall rank: 173 (on a scale of 1 to 182; 182 is worst)

The average rent for a two-bedroom apartment in Jackson is $799, and the average price for a one-bedroom apartment is $701, according to Rent Café. When it comes to the rental market and affordability, WalletHub gave Jackson a rank of 147. The city’s quality of life has a ranking of 165.

9. Hialeah, Florida

  • Overall rank: 174 (on a scale of 1 to 182; 182 is worst)

Hialeah, Florida is among the cities with the least affordable rentals. When it comes to the rental market and affordability, Hialeah received a rank of 182. The city’s quality of life has a ranking of 80.

8. Providence, Rhode Island

  • Overall rank: 175 (on a scale of 1 to 182; 182 is worst)

The average rent for a two-bedroom apartment on Rhode Island is $2,057, and the average price for all rentals is $1,784, according to Rent Café. When it comes to the rental market and affordability, Providence received a rank of 132. The city’s quality of life has a ranking of 178.

7. Baltimore, Maryland

  • Overall rank: 176 (on a scale of 1 to 182; 182 is worst)

The average rent for a two-bedroom apartment in Baltimore is $1,247, and the average price for all rentals is $1,228, according to Rent Café. When it comes to the rental market and affordability, Baltimore received a rank of 108. The city’s quality of life has a ranking of 181.

6. Bridgeport, Connecticut

  • Overall rank: 177 (on a scale of 1 to 182; 182 is worst)

Bridgeport had one of the highest rent-to-price ratios. The average rent for a two-bedroom apartment in this city is $1,280, and the average price for all rentals is $1,050, according to Rent Café. When it comes to the rental market and affordability, Bridgeport received a rank of 180. The city’s quality of life has a ranking of 128.

5. Huntington, West Virginia

  • Overall rank: 178 (on a scale of 1 to 182; 182 is worst)

When it comes to the rental market and affordability, Huntington received a rank of 153. The city’s quality of life has a ranking of 180.

4. New Haven, Connecticut

  • Overall rank: 179 (on a scale of 1 to 182; 182 is worst)

If you’re looking for an inexpensive place to rent, New Haven is not for you. According to WalletHub, New Haven is among the cities with the least affordable rentals. The average price to rent a two-bedroom apartment in New Haven is $1,762 and the average price for all rentals is $1,560, according to Rent Café. When it comes to the rental market and affordability, New Haven received a rank of 173. The city’s quality of life has a ranking of 174.

3. Cleveland, Ohio

  • Overall rank: 180 (on a scale of 1 to 182; 182 is worst)

Cleveland had one of the highest rent-to-price ratios. The average price to rent a two-bedroom apartment in Cleveland is $1,067 and the average price for all rentals is $957, according to Rent Café. When it comes to the rental market and affordability, Cleveland received a rank of 170. The city’s quality of life got a ranking of 175.

2. Memphis, Tennessee

  • Overall rank: 181 (on a scale of 1 to 182; 182 is worst)

One negative aspect of living in Memphis is that it scored low on the safety scale. According to WalletHub’s analysis, it is one of the least safe cities on the list. FBI crime statistics revealed among cities with 100,000 people or more, Memphis, Tennessee has some of the highest reported crime, with 6,391 violent crimes, 87 murders, 271 rapes, 1,556 robberies, 4,477 aggravated assault cases, and 1,888 property crimes in 2017.

When it comes to the rental market and affordability, Memphis received a rank of 134. Quality of life is pretty bad, with a ranking of 182.

1. Detroit, Michigan

  • Overall rank: 182 (on a scale of 1 to 182; 182 is worst)

Detroit, Michigan is the worst city for rentals in America, according to WalletHub’s research. Detroit has some of the least affordable rentals. The average price to rent a two-bedroom apartment in Detroit is $1,135 and the average price for all rentals is $998, according to Rent Café. When it comes to the rental market and affordability, this city received a rank of 162. Quality of life is even worse, with a ranking of 177.

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