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Wisconsin Rent Report – February 2020

  • The average monthly rent in Milwaukee was $1,193 in February, $21 more than one year prior.
  • Brookfield apartments are the most expensive in the state, renting for $1,499, while apartments in Racine have the cheapest rents, $835 per month. 
  • The national average rent in February 2020 was $1,468, up 3.2% compared to the same time last year according to data from Yardi Matrix.

Renting in the largest city in Wisconsin

Apartments in Milwaukee rented for $1,193 on average in February. Rents in the largest Wisconsin city saw a year-over-year increase of 1.8%, or $21, compared to this time last year and an increase of 0.1% ($1) compared to January.

Renting in Wisconsin in February 2020

The average rent in Wisconsin cities is lower than the national average rent. The fastest-growing rents in February were in West Allis, where rental apartment prices increased by 9.2% year over year, $88 more since last year. Middleton apartments saw the second highest annual increase, jumping by 5.6%, making them $62 more expensive than last year. In Greenfield, prices increased by 0.1% ($1) compared to last February.

Brookfield apartments are the state’s most expensive for renters, with an average rent of $1,499, followed by apartments in Wauwatosa, where the average monthly rent is $1,344. On the other hand, the cheapest city to rent an apartment of the cities analyzed is Racine, with an average apartment rent of $835, being the only one under $1,000.

The February national average rent went up by 3.2% year-over-year

The average apartment rent was $1,468 in February, up $46 since last year, according to apartment data from Yardi Matrix. February apartment rents maintained the same pace as in January, rising by 3.2% year-over-year. Overall, rents are growing a bit slower than the same time last year, when they were rising at a 3.5% yearly rate.

To compare the rental market in Wisconsin with other cities in the U.S., you can also check our national February rent report.

Methodology

RentCafe.com is a nationwide apartment search website that enables renters to easily find apartments and houses for rent throughout the United States.

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 Bonahttps://www.rentcafe.com
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. Sanziana’s work has been featured in CNBC, CBS News, NBC New York, The Press Democrat, Wolf Street and The Registry San Francisco, among others. Prior to joining the RENTCafé team, she wrote extensive analysis papers on world topics such as human rights violations, international laws, and world conflicts, as well as arts literature, in both English and Spanish.

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