- For $1,400, you’ll get about 7% more apartment space in Pennsylvania than the 829 square foot average in the 100 most populous U.S. cities.
- Of the 57 Pennsylvania cities included in our research, Greensburg and Philadelphia had the largest and smallest apartments, respectively, for $1,400.
- Use the calculator at the end of the article to find out how much space you can rent in Pennsylvania, whatever your budget.
Undeniably, space is something that we all came to appreciate in the past year during the pandemic, as it became increasingly more important for everyone, especially apartment dwellers.
So, RENTCafé analysts reviewed how much space you could rent across Pennsylvania for $1,400, which is close to the state’s average monthly rent of $1,396. Based on Yardi Matrix data — and a bit of research — we’ve highlighted the cities where apartments offer the most and least bang for your buck.
It turns out that Pennsylvania is a great place to call home, as most cities here offer rather spacious apartments. On average, you can get 890 sq. ft. of living space for $1,400 in the state, more than the 829 sq. ft. you can rent for the same amount in the top 100 most populous cities. This means that Pennsylvania apartments offer 7% more space for the same price.
We put together the following infographic, which compares apartment sizes in the 57 Pennsylvania cities included in our study. The size of the tiles represents the actual proportion of apartment space available for $1,400.
Throughout the state, the size of apartments you can rent on a $1,400 budget varies from 676 sq. ft. in Philly to more than twice as much space in Greensburg (1,540). Falling on opposite ends of our ranking, these two Pennsylvania cities are also located in opposite parts of the state at a 270 miles distance from one another, with Philly in the East and Greensburg in the West.
Top 5 Cities with Most Apartment Space for $1,400
Greensburg, located in the Pittsburgh metro, is where you can find the most apartment space in the state, of 1,540 sq. ft., for that fixed amount. The city has an average rent of $770 — one of the lowest in Pennsylvania — making this community of almost 14,000 people an affordable and desirable place to live in.
Meanwhile, $1,400 can also pay for generous amounts of square footage in other cities, like Oakdale (1,364) — which is just outside of Pittsburgh —, as well as Carlisle (1,294), a city 120 miles West of Philly. Lebanon and Camp Hill also made the top 5, with 1,219 sq. ft. and 1,214 sq. ft., respectively.
All of these cities boast local average rents between $770 and $1,221 — below the state’s average — making them great choices for those looking for ample apartment space and lower rents.
Top 5 Cities with Least Apartment Space for $1,400
Conversely, the least space you can get for the same money in Pennsylvania is usually in cities where rents are higher, but overall the quality of apartments is better and they are generally considered to be more desirable locations. For example, Philadelphia apartments — where rents go for an average of $1,661 a month — offer around 676 sq. ft. for $1,400.
Next up are Wynnewood and Bryn Mawr, both in the Philadelphia Metro and among the cities in the state where you get less space for that money, but you’ll live in some of the most sought-after locations. Specifically, in Wynnewood you get only 685 sq. ft. and in Bryn Mawr apartments, only 742 sq. ft. for the monthly rent of $1,400.
The top 5 is closed by Conshohocken and Media apartments where the same amount will get you smaller apartments of 759 sq. ft. and 764 sq. ft., respectively. So, if you do decide to choose one of these cities, know that you’ll need to shell out between $1,552 and $1,988 for the monthly rent. On the plus side, you’ll be enjoying better locations, so that’s definitely something worth considering.
What You Can Rent for $1,400 in the Top Largest Pennsylvania Metros
Here’s how much space you can get for $1,400 in Pennsylvania’s top two largest metros:
In the Philadelphia metro, Pottstown apartments tend to offer more living space for that money. Here, you can get 992 sq. ft. for the monthly rent of $1,400. Warminster and Horsham also prove to be great cities to live in because the space you could get here would also be substantially large of 967 sq. ft. and 957 sq. ft., respectively.
Meanwhile, the cities that offer the least space in the Philadelphia metro are Philadelphia (676 sq. ft.), Wynnewood (685) and Bryn Mawr (742).
In the Pittsburgh metro, the top cities that offer the largest space for $1,400 are Greensburg (1,540 sq. ft.), Oakdale (1,364 sq. ft.) and Monroeville (1,202).
On the flipside, Pittsburgh is where you’ll find the least space in the metro, of 911 sq. ft. However, its great infrastructure and low cost of living make this city more than ideal.
See How Much Space You Can Get on Your Budget
Want to find out how much space you can afford based on your budget in these 57 Pennsylvania cities? Use the calculator below.
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- This report was prepared by RENTCafé, a nationwide apartment search website that enables renters to easily find apartments and houses for rent throughout the United States.
- To compile this report, we analyzed average rent price and apartment size data provided by Yardi Matrix, RENTCafé’s sister company that researches and reports on large-scale multifamily properties of 50+ units. Yardi Matrix is a business development and asset management tool for brokers, sponsors, banks and equity sources underwriting investments in the multifamily, office, industrial and self-storage sectors.
- State average rent and apartment size information is based on data for 296,000 market rate units and 1,700 multifamily properties across the entire state of Pennsylvania.
- The average apartment space per $1,400 of rent was calculated by dividing $1,400 by the average cost of rent per square foot in 57 Pennsylvania cities with a statistically relevant sample size of apartments.