How Much People Across The Country REALLY Pay In Rent

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If you know anyone from San Francisco or New York, you've probably heard them complain about the cost of their rent. And if you live in one of those cities, you're probably used to friends from home visiting — and boasting about how much more living space they have for half the cost of your apartment.

Of course, for many people who live in urban areas, the quality of life outweighs having a small living space. (Hey, the city is your playground, right?) Still, it does sting to look at how much more affordable other places are.

But whether or not you live in an expensive city, it's always interesting to look at what others pay in rent. We decided to look at Apartment List's December report on which cities are the most expensive to rent an apartment in the United States. The rankings are based on the median price of a two-bedroom rental in each city.

Unsurprisingly, urban areas like San Francisco, New York, and Boston topped the list. And if you're looking for an affordable rental, you might not want to move to California — six of its cities made the list of the top 15 most-expensive rentals.

Click through to see the median price for what people across the country are really paying in rent each month.
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15. Denver, CO
Median rent for a two-bedroom apartment: $1,790
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This Denver two-bedroom rental might seem a little pricey, but the building is LEED Gold Certified.
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14. Santa Ana, CA
Median rent for a two-bedroom apartment: $1,800
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This Santa Ana listing clocks in right at $1,800 a month.
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13. Minneapolis, MN
Median rent for a two-bedroom apartment: $1,840
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At $1,875, this home falls slightly above Minneapolis' median rent, but there is a sauna in the building.
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12. Long Beach, CA
Median rent for a two-bedroom apartment: $2,000
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This two-bedroom apartment has two bathrooms, as well as its own washer and dryer.
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11. San Diego, CA
Median rent for a two-bedroom apartment: $2,000
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This apartment building includes rooftop access, complete with lawn chairs.
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10. Seattle, WA
Median rent for a two-bedroom apartment: $2,210
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Listings for the Cascade Terrace apartments start at $2,243 a month for a two-bedroom — just above Seattle's median rent.
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9. Miami, FL
Median rent for a two-bedroom apartment: $2,400
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In addition to access to that incredible pool, this two-bedroom listing features a walk-in closet.
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8. Stamford, CT
Median rent for a two-bedroom apartment: $2,450
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This Stamford two-bedroom listing has a private terrace and a washing machine in the unit.
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7. San Jose, CA
Median rent for a two-bedroom apartment: $2,580
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Living in San Jose won't come cheap, but you'll have a lot of space in this two-bedroom spot.
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6. Los Angeles, CA
Median rent for a two-bedroom apartment: $2,600
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This two-bedroom listing is going for L.A.'s median rent of $2,600 a month.
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5. Washington, D.C.
Median rent for a two-bedroom apartment: $3,000
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If you don't mind paying D.C.'s median price — $3,000 a month for a two-bedroom — you can live in a luxury apartment like this one.
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4. Jersey City, NJ
Median rent for a two-bedroom apartment: $3,200
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This Jersey City apartment is spacious — and it even has 1.5 bathrooms.
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3. Boston, MA
Median rent for a two-bedroom apartment: $3,200
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This Boston Common apartment has huge windows, plenty of cabinet space, and an unbeatable location.
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2. New York, NY
Median rent for a two-bedroom apartment: $4,310
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An abundance of luxury buildings skews New York's median rent a bit. But if you have $4,300 to spend on a two-bedroom, you could have your own backyard on the Upper West Side.
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1. San Francisco, CA
Median rent for a two-bedroom apartment: $4,570
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Like New York's, San Francisco's median rent is affected by a high number of luxury buildings. This two-bedroom unit features two bathrooms, as well as a private balcony and pool access.
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