Zumper is back again with their monthly national rent report for March and for the umpteenth-month in a row Seattle in the 10th spot on their list of highest median rents among major cities. The median price of a 1-BR according to them is $1,700/month, which is a three percent jump from the previous month. The median 2-BR will run you $2,360/month, a 1.3 percent jump which is also the 10th-highest in the nation.
Seattle's Central Business District (a.k.a. Downtown) continues to be the most expensive area in the city to rent with a median 1-BR cost of $2,680/month, which is a fairly significant rise from previous months.
When Zumper expands their numbers to include all cities, Bellevue's median 1-BR rent continues to lead the local pack at $1,870/month. That puts it well ahead of Seattle, Redmond (1,650/mo.) and Kirkland ($1,630/mo.).
This is the part where we mention that Zumper's data is drawn solely from the asking rents for the listings on its site, not all available rentals in Seattle and surrounding cities. Therefore, it isn't a measure of what all Puget Sounders are paying, but it does offer one look at prices that prospective renters in the market are seeing.
· Zumper National Rent Report: March 2016 [Zumper]