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Pennsylvania Rent Report – September 2019

  • 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.
  • Greensburg, PA renters saw the highest monthly rent increase in September, with the average rate reaching $763 per month. 
  • King of Prussia apartments are the most expensive, while apartments in Greensburg 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 and around Pittsburgh

The average rent in the Pittsburgh area is lower than the national average rent. The fastest growing rents in September were in Greensburg, where rental apartment prices increased by 2.4% month-over-month, or $18. Allison Park apartments saw the second highest monthly increase, jumping by 0.4%, making them $4 more expensive than last month and reaching an average monthly rent of $1,023. In Cranberry Township, meanwhile, prices decreased by 1.2% ($15) compared to August. Cranberry Township also has the highest average rent in the area at $1,270, while Greensburg has the lowest, $763.

Renting in and around Philadelphia

The average rent in the Philadelphia area is generally lower than the national average rent. The fastest growing rents in September were in Horsham, where rental apartment prices increased by 1.8% month-over-month, making them $23 more expensive per month. Warminster apartment prices, meanwhile, decreased by 1.2% ($16) compared to August.

King of Prussia apartments are the state’s and the area’s most expensive for renters, with an average rent of $1,681, followed by apartments in Philadelphia, where the average monthly rent is $1,628. On the other hand, the cheapest city to rent an apartment of the cities analyzed is Upper Darby, with an average apartment rent of $892.

To compare the rental market in Pennsylvania 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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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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