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Need More Space: Where Are the Largest Apartments in Your Metro Area?

While location and budget are extremely important in your search for the perfect apartment, the size of your living space is as relevant as ever. And, oftentimes, it’s not just about the number of bedrooms an apartment has, but how many square feet of space it offers. Fortunately, finding a larger apartment is easier now for those who are working remotely and finally have the option to move further away from the city.

So, where can you find a larger apartment? We looked at the 30 most populous U.S. metropolitan areas to determine where the largest apartments were in each metro. Using data from Yardi Matrix, we analyzed the average size of apartments in large buildings of 50 or more units.

Of all the cities, towns, and villages analyzed in the top 30 most populous metro areas in the nation, Johns Creek in the Atlanta metro area has the largest apartments, with an average apartment size of 1,225 sq. ft. The second-largest apartments are in Wellington in the Miami metro area and the third-most spacious are in Lake Wylie in the Charlotte metro area , being the only other cities with average apartment sizes larger than 1,200 sq. ft. Here are the largest apartments in every metro:

1. Johns Creek, GA (Atlanta Metro)

  • Average apartment size: 1,225 sq. ft.
  • Population: 84,000
  • Located North of Atlanta
  • City of Atlanta Average Apartment Size: 978 sq. ft.

2. Wellington, FL (Miami Metro)

  • Average apartment size: 1,208 sq. ft.
  • Population: 64,000
  • Located North of Miami in Palm Beach County
  • City of Miami Average Apartment Size: 890 sq. ft.

3. Lake Wylie, SC (Charlotte Metro)

  • Average apartment size: 1,205 sq. ft.
  • Population: 13,000
  • Located Southwest of Charlotte
  • City of Charlotte Average Apartment Size: 941 sq. ft.

4. Pikesville, MD (Baltimore Metro)

  • Average apartment size: 1,185 sq. ft.
  • Population: 33,000
  • Located Northwest of Baltimore
  • City of Baltimore Average Apartment Size: 825 sq. ft.

5. Longwood, FL (Orlando Metro)

  • Average apartment size: 1,178 sq. ft.
  • Population: 15,000
  • Located North of Orlando
  • City of Orlando Average Apartment Size: 958 sq. ft.

6. Avenel, NJ (New York Metro)

  • Average apartment size: 1,176 sq. ft.
  • Population: 19,000
  • Located Southwest of New York City
  • City of New York Average Apartment Size: 748 sq. ft.

7. Park Forest, IL (Chicago Metro)

  • Average apartment size: 1,168 sq. ft.
  • Population: 22,000
  • Located South of Chicago
  • City of Chicago Average Apartment Size: 742 sq. ft.

8. Bear, DE (Philadelphia Metro)

  • Average apartment size: 1,141 sq. ft.
  • Population: 21,000
  • Located Southwest of Philadelphia
  • City of Philadelphia Average Apartment Size: 808 sq. ft.

9. Rancho Palos Verdes, CA (Los Angeles Metro)

  • Average apartment size: 1,133 sq. ft.
  • Population: 42,000
  • Located South of Los Angeles
  • City of Los Angeles Average Apartment Size: 791 sq. ft.

10. Woodbury, MN (Minneapolis Metro)

  • Average apartment size: 1,123 sq. ft.
  • Population: 69,000
  • Located East of Minneapolis
  • City of Minneapolis Average Apartment Size: 786 sq. ft.

11. Edwardsville, IL (St. Louis Metro)

  • Average apartment size: 1,119 sq. ft.
  • Population: 25,000
  • Located Northeast of St. Louis
  • City of St. Louis Average Apartment Size: 845 sq. ft.

12. Oxford, OH (Cincinnati Metro)

  • Average apartment size: 1,112 sq. ft.
  • Population: 23,000
  • Located North of Cincinnati
  • City of Cincinnati Average Apartment Size: 870 sq. ft.

13. Wildomar, CA (Riverside Metro)

  • Average apartment size: 1,103 sq. ft.
  • Population: 36,000
  • Located South of Riverside
  • City of Riverside Average Apartment Size: 851 sq. ft.

14. Southfield, MI (Detroit Metro)

  • Average apartment size: 1,103 sq. ft.
  • Population: 73,000
  • Located Northwest of Detroit
  • City of Detroit Average Apartment Size: 780 sq. ft.

15. Issaquah, WA (Seattle Metro)

  • Average apartment size: 1,088 sq. ft.
  • Population: 37,000
  • Located East of Seattle
  • City of Seattle Average Apartment Size: 702 sq. ft.

16. Trinity, FL (Tampa Metro)

  • Average apartment size: 1,073 sq. ft.
  • Population: 11,000
  • Located Northwest of Tampa
  • City of Tampa Average Apartment Size: 930 sq. ft.

17. Camp Springs, MD (Washington DC Metro)

  • Average apartment size: 1,055 sq. ft.
  • Population: 22,000
  • Located Southeast of Washington DC
  • City of Washington DC Average Apartment Size: 741 sq. ft.

18. Prosper, TX (Dallas Metro)

  • Average apartment size: 1,051 sq. ft.
  • Population: 19,000
  • Located North of Dallas
  • City of Dallas Average Apartment Size: 847 sq. ft.

19. West Linn, OR (Portland Metro)

  • Average apartment size: 1,050 sq. ft.
  • Population: 27,000
  • Located South of Portland
  • City of Portland Average Apartment Size: 765 sq. ft.

20. Greenwood Village, CO (Denver Metro)

  • Average apartment size: 1,029 sq. ft.
  • Population: 16,000
  • Located South of Denver
  • City of Denver Average Apartment Size: 844 sq. ft.

Take a look at the table below for the complete list of cities with the largest apartments in the top 30 U.S. metro areas:

Here are the top 5 cities with the most spacious apartments in every large metro:

Methodology

  • To compile this report, RENTCafe’s research team analyzed average apartment size data in each city from the 30 most populous U.S. Metropolitan Statistical Areas.
  • The study is exclusively based on apartment data related to buildings containing 50 or more units.
  • Apartment data was provided by our sister company, Yardi Matrix, 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.
  • To ensure a relevant sample size, we excluded cities where the stock of rental apartments is below 500 units and 3 properties.
  • Population data comes from the U.S. Census Bureau. Cities, towns, or villages with a population of below 10,000 residents are not included.
  • For simplification, the term “city” may refer to city, town, or village.

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About the author

Sanziana Bona

Sanziana Bona is a creative writer and researcher for RENTCafé, with a strong passion for the dynamic real estate market, covering topics from lifestyle to market trends. She has a B.A. in International Relations and Spanish from Michigan State University, a LL.M. in International Business Law, Contracting and International Relations from Instituto Superior de Derecho y Economía. You can connect with Sanziana via email.

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