Asheville rents up 4.3% since start of pandemic

From Apartment List:

Asheville rents have increased 1.1% over the past month, and have increased significantly by 5.4% in comparison to the same time last year. Currently, median rents in Asheville stand at $1,050 for a one-bedroom apartment and $1,392 for a two-bedroom. This is the fifth straight month that the city has seen rent increases after a decline in July. Asheville’s year-over-year rent growth leads the state average of 1.3%, as well as the national average of -1.5%.

Asheville rent growth, courtesy of Apartment List

Rents rising across cities in North Carolina

Throughout the past year, rent increases have been occurring not just in the city of Asheville, but across the entire state. Of the largest 10 cities that we have data for in North Carolina, 7 of them have seen prices rise. The state as a whole logged rent growth of 1.3% over the past year. Here’s a look at how rents compare across some of the largest cities in the state.

  • Looking throughout the state, Asheville is the most expensive of all North Carolina’s major cities, with a median two-bedroom rent of $1,392; of the 10 largest cities in North Carolina that we have data for, Durham, Cary, and Charlotte, where two-bedrooms go for $1,153, $1,325, and $1,195, respectively, are the three major cities in the state to see rents fall year-over-year (-1.8%, -1.8%, and -1.3%).
  • Fayetteville, Greensboro, and Asheville have all experienced year-over-year growth above the state average (10.2%, 6.5%, and 5.4%, respectively).

Many large cities nationwide show more affordable rents compared to Asheville

As rents have increased significantly in Asheville, other large cities nationwide have seen rents grow more modestly, or in some cases, even decline. Compared to most large cities across the country, Asheville is less affordable for renters.

  • Asheville’s median two-bedroom rent of $1,392 is above the national average of $1,090. Nationwide, rents have fallen by 1.5% over the past year compared to the 5.4% increase in Asheville.
  • While Asheville’s rents rose significantly over the past year, some cities nationwide saw increases as well, including Phoenix (+4.2%) and Detroit (+1.4%).
  • Renters will generally find more expensive prices in Asheville than most large cities. For example, Detroit has a median 2BR rent of $876, where Asheville is more than one-and-a-half times that price.

For more information check out our national report. You can also access our full data for cities and counties across the U.S.

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One thought on “Asheville rents up 4.3% since start of pandemic

  1. Lou

    THIS is one of the reasons I am leaving this dead-eyed, dirty little town asap. So sad but I have to say I was right…this place is done. On track to become just another vacuous, uninspiring tourist trap lousy with arrogant and entitled white people who have largely make their fortune on the backs of those much like the very residents pushed out by gentrification.

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