Zumper recently released their August National Rent Study and following a one-month drop to 10th overall, Seattle has reclaimed it’s spot at the ninth-most expensive major city to rent in the nation. Take that, Honolulu.
Seattle’s one-bedroom median rent comes in at $1,810/month, a big 2.3 percent jump from July. That’s the second-biggest gain in the top ten behind only Oakland (2.6 percent). That number is also now 13.1 percent higher than it was a year ago.
Meanwhile, two-bedroom median rent came down slightly to $2,380/month, an 0.8 percent drop from July. Still, that number is 8.2 percent higher than August 2015.
Seattle’s trend matches what Zumper is seeing nationally as well. The national median price of one bedrooms grew 0.8 percent in July while two bedroom rents only rose 0.1 percent.
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.