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Seattle median rent jumps back into national top ten

Zumper says Seattle’s 1BR median rent is now $1,800

In recent months, Seattle has risen to No. 9 as well as dropped out altogether in Zumper’s monthly rent reports. Now their October Rent Report is out and Seattle has reclaimed the spot it sat in for almost a year: No. 10 in the nation.

The Seattle median prices of both one and two bedrooms both rose last month. 1-BRs grew four percent to a new median price of $1,800/month while 2-BRs were boosted 4.8 percent to $2,410/month.

That actually bucks the national trend where rent prices for both one and two bedrooms continued to fall. Nationally, 1-BRs were down 0.9 percent to $1,136 and 2-BRs were down 0.6 percent to $1,350.

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.