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This Is How Much Apartment Space $1,500 Gets You in 36 Cities in Pennsylvania

  • For $1,500, you can rent 869 square feet of apartment space in Pennsylvania, on average, or 4% more than the national average.
  • Of the 36 Pennsylvania cities included in our research, Carlisle had the largest and Philadelphia had the smallest apartments for $1,500, offering 1,303 and 679 square feet, respectively, for that price.
  • Use the calculator at the end of the article to find out how much space you can rent in Pennsylvania on your budget.

The size of an apartment is one of the most important features when choosing a place to rent. And, as we’ve been spending more time at home in recent years, space has become even more valuable. But, if you’re looking to move and hoping to get as much apartment space as possible for your money, note that the size of rental apartments can vary widely in the state of Pennsylvania.

So, as the busy renting season kicks off, we wanted to make your search a little easier by researching the amount of space you could get for the average monthly rent in Pennsylvania, which is around $1,500.  While $1,500 would get you around 836 square feet in the top 100 most populous cities nationally, the average apartment space in Pennsylvania for this price is a little higher — 869 square feet.

Specifically, of the 36 cities we analyzed, you can get an apartment larger than 900 square feet for $1,500 per month in 19 locations. Granted, the size of apartments you can rent on a $1,500 budget in the Keystone State varies from 679 square feet in Philadelphia to almost twice as much space in Carlisle (1,303 square feet).

Check out the infographic below to compare apartment sizes on a budget of $1,500 in 36 cities in Pennsylvania:

Top 5 Cities with Most Apartment Space for $1,500

The most spacious rentals you can get for $1,500 in Pennsylvania are located in southern Pennsylvania in Carlisle, which offers a generous 1,303 square feet of space. Monroeville apartments — just east of Pittsburgh — are the second-largest with 1,199 square feet, while the third-largest are in Lebanon with 1,186.

Apartments for rent in Allison Park come in fourth, offering 1,182 square feet. The fifth-largest apartments you can rent for $1,500 are in Harrisburg — one of the larger cities in Pennsylvania and the main city in the Harrisburg-Carlisle metro — where you’ll get 1,155 square feet of living space.

Top 5 Cities with Least Apartment Space for $1,500

The places with the least apartment space for $1,500 are located around the main city of Philadelphia. However, the demand is very high and the space is rather limited in Philly, where apartments come with a big-city premium.

For $1,500 in Philadelphia, you’ll be able to rent about 679 square feet of apartment space. Similarly, Wynnewood apartments for $1,500 will be smaller than 700 square feet. King of Prussia has the third-smallest apartments for $1,500, averaging 716 square feet. It’s followed by West Chester with 742 and Elkins Park with 755 square feet.

What You Can Rent for $1,500 in the 2 Largest Pennsylvania Metros

In the Philadelphia metro, the most spacious apartments are found in Upper Darby, where the average of $1,500 can get you 954 square feet. Pottstown and Horsham come next, with 936 and 932 square feet, respectively. Conversely, the smaller apartments are distributed in and around Philly, with the top three by metro mirroring the top three by state: Philadelphia, Wynnewood and King of Prussia.

In the Pittsburgh metro, the most spacious apartments are in Monroeville, where apartment space for $1,500 averages 1,199 square feet. Allison Park apartments come next with 1,182 square feet, and the top three is completed by Whitehall, with an average of 1,100 square feet for $1,500.

At the other end of the list, we find the smaller apartments of Cranberry Township (with 960 square feet for $1,500) in third place; Bethel Park in second (927 square feet); and Pittsburgh apartments averaging 868 square feet for $1,500.

Check out the graphic below to see what you can rent in Pennsylvania for $1,500 by metro:

See How Much Space You Can Get on Your Budget

Want to find out how much space you can rent on your budget in these Pennsylvania cities? Use the calculator below:

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To compile this report,’s research team analyzed Yardi Matrix apartment size data and average rent prices. State average rent and apartment size information is based on multifamily properties of 50 units or more across the entire state of Pennsylvania in cities with a minimum population of 10,000.

The average apartment space per $1,500 of rent was calculated by dividing $1,500 by the average cost of rent per square foot in each of the 36 cities studied, ensuring a statistically relevant sample size of apartments.

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Mihaela Buzec
Mihaela Buzec
Mihaela Buzec is a senior writer and online content developer for RentCafe. She covers topics about everything related to the renting lifestyle, from decorating and interior design to finding the right apartment, frugal living, money saving advice, and more. She dives deep into topics of interest, writing well-researched comprehensive guides on subjects such as renting with pets, saving on utilities, or avoiding rental scams to help renters stay informed and live smart. Mihaela holds a BA in English and German Language and Literature, an MA in Current Linguistics, and she is currently pursuing a PhD in neurolinguistics.

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