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Studio Apartments for Rent in Des Moines, IA - 47 Rentals available


Des Moines’s average rent reached $927 in January

Des Moines’s average rent reached $927 in January, after a 2.4% increase since last year. One of Iowa’s largest job hubs, with a 38% renter share, Des Moines is a desirable place to live and work in, with apartment prices well below the national average of $1,392. [View Full Report]

Des Moines City apartment rent report

Des Moines’s average rent was $927 in January

Des Moines’s average rent reached $927 in January, after a 2.4% increase since last year. One of Iowa’s largest job hubs, with a 38% renter share, Des Moines is a desirable place to live and work in, with apartment prices well below the national average of $1,392.

The average rent for an apartment in Des Moines saw an increase, while in West Des Moines ($1,005) and Ankeny ($1,090), rent went up by 0.6% in both cities.

Des Moines apartment rent report

What it costs to rent in the Des Moines metro area

Despite a 2.3% increase, Urbandale rentals are the most budget-friendly option in the Des Moines area, with an average price of $860. At $950 a month, following a 0.1% decrease, renting in Altoona is the third best option, following Des Moines, which comes in second. In Johnston, apartments go for $1,185 after a 4.6% yearly increase.

Des Moines apartment 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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Frequently Asked Questions

What is the price of a studio apartment in Des Moines, IA?

The price range of a studio apartment is between $753 and $1,204. Search our studio apartments in Des Moines, IA.

How many studio apartments for rent are available in Des Moines, IA on RENTCafé?

There are 24 studio rentals available on RENTCafé. Prices and availability in Des Moines, IA were last updated on 27 Feb 2021.

What is the average size of a studio apartment in Des Moines, IA?

The average Des Moines, IA studio apartment size is 473 sq. ft.

What are the advantages of renting a studio apartment in Des Moines, IA?

Studio apartments in Des Moines, IA tend to be more affordable than other apartments and they have lower utility costs.

What are the downsides of renting a studio apartment in Des Moines, IA?

One of the downsides of living in a studio apartment is the limited storage space. You might be interested in 1 bedroom apartments, 2 bedroom apartments or 3 bedroom apartments, or browse all RENTCafé apartments for rent in Des Moines, IA.

Des Moines, IA Demographics

  • Total Population215,636
  • Female 106,316
    Male 109,320
  • Median Age34.2

Average Rent in Des Moines, IA

  • Des Moines, IA Average Rental Price, December 2020 $914 /mo

    Des Moines, IA Apartment Rent Ranges

    • < $5001%
    • $501-$70024%
    • $701-$1,00048%
    • $1,001-$1,50020%
    • $1,501-$2,0006%
    • > $2,0001%

    Des Moines, IA Rent Trends

    Average Rent Jul / 2017 Nov / 2017 Mar / 2018 Jul / 2018 Nov / 2018 Mar / 2019 Jul / 2019 Nov / 2019 Mar / 2020 Jul / 2020 Dec / 2020
    Des Moines, IA $880 $886 $887 $892 $895 $897 $901 $894 $905 $902 $914
    National $1,373 $1,378 $1,381 $1,418 $1,428 $1,432 $1,468 $1,475 $1,477 $1,464 $1,462
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    Des Moines, IA Households

    • Total Number of Households85,833
    • Family 48,393
      Non-family 37,440
    • Children 26,235
      No Children 59,598
    • Average People Per Household2.45
    • Median Household Income$53,525
    • Median Housing Costs Per Month$942

    Des Moines, IA Education Statistics

    • No High School6%
    • Some High School37%
    • Some College25%
    • Associate Degree8%
    • Bachelor Degree17%
    • Graduate Degree7%
    • Most Expensive Studios for Rent

      Flux $823 - $2,320
    • Cheapest Studios for Rent

      Wakonda $635 - $933

    Renting a studio apartment in Des Moines, IA

    The bad news is that the hip neighborhoods are typically not the places to look for truly affordable homes for rent, and Des Moines, IA is no exception. That is unless you are willing to give up the (real or imagined) benefits of multiple rooms and experience the minimalist simplicity of a small apartment located smack dab in the middle of the action. Leaf through 15 listings with a total of 47 units, and you’ll be sure to find at least a couple of cheap studios that will make you wonder whether having one or two extra rooms is really worth the difference in price and commute time. Already a fan of living small? Why don’t you check out our selection of one room apartments—there’s always a better deal out there, you just have to know where to look for it (Southwestern Hills is the cheapest neighborhood in town—wink wink).

    They are called efficiency apartments for a reason

    In case you’re still wondering, the time and effort put into finding an efficiency apartment does pay off. Literally, and pretty fast too. The Des Moines, IA average rent is currently at $851, but a single-bedroom apartment in Des Moines, IA can be yours for as low as $635 per month. While the cheapest bachelor units normally have a small bath and one bigger, multifunctional space (meaning that the hall and the kitchen in the main room, basically), you don’t need to have that if it’s not your thing. You can find plenty of one-room apartments in Des Moines, IA with a separate kitchen. These are still well under the price of an apartment with multiple rooms, but slightly more expensive than your average studio, so it’s a good idea to aim for the higher end of the price range. The currently the most expensive studio apartment in Des Moines, IA costs a monthly $1,204.

    Finding a home nearby is easier than you think. Check out our Apartments Near Me page and take your pick!