- The national average rent went up by 3.2% in the past year but dipped by 0.1% month-over-month, reaching $1,471 in September according to data from Yardi Matrix.
- Glenview, IL renters saw the highest monthly rent increase in September, with the average rate reaching $1,932 per month.
- Evanston apartments are the most expensive, while apartments in Elgin have the cheapest rents.
The first monthly decline in over two years brings the U.S. average rent down to $1,471
As part of a seasonal respite, the national average rent decreased for the first time since February 2017, dipping by -0.1% ($1) from last month to $1,471. The decrease might seem insignificant, but coupled with the slowest year-over-year hike in the past 13 months, 3.2% ($45), it points to a slight wind-down in rent prices in the context of a more volatile financial climate, according to Yardi Matrix.
Renting in Cook County in September 2019
The average rent in Cook County cities is split, with half of its cities having rents higher than the national average, and the other half lower. The fastest growing rents in September were in Glenview, where rental apartment prices increased by 0.3% month over month, or $5. Mount Prospect and Buffalo Grove saw the second highest monthly increases, jumping by 0.1%, making them $1 more expensive than last month. In Palatine, meanwhile, prices dropped by 1.5% ($21) compared to August.
Evanston apartments are the county’s most expensive for renters, with an average rent of $2,026, followed by apartments in Chicago, where the average monthly rent is $1,998. On the other hand, the cheapest city to rent an apartment of the cities analyzed is Elgin, with an average apartment rent of $1,119.
To compare the rental market in Cook County with other cities in the U.S., you can also check our national September rent report.
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The data on average rents included in our reports comes directly from competitively-rented (market-rate) large-scale multifamily properties (50+ units in size), via telephone survey. The data is compiled and reported 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. Fully-affordable properties are not included in the survey and are not reported in rental rate averages. Local rent reports include only cities with a statistically-relevant stock of large-scale multifamily properties of 50+ units.
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