The amount you pay for rent in Arizona fluctuates almost as much as the temperature in different parts of the State.
Rent prices range from an average price of $680/month in Tucson to an average price of $1,244 in Gilbert.
Here’s a list of the 19 largest cities in Arizona along with their populations and average monthly rent rates:
- Gilbert – $1,244
- Surprise – $1,208
- Peoria – $1,187
- Goodyear – $1,183
- Avondale – $1,170
- Sun City – $1,159
- Scottsdale – $1,099
- Buckeye – $1,085
- Chandler – $1,049
- Flagstaff – $940
- Casas Adobes – $908
- Catalina Foothills – $890
- Tempe – $888
- Lake Havasu City – $858
- Mesa – $858
- Glendale – $847
- Phoenix – $843
- Yuma – $777
- Tucson – $680
Let’s take a look at a couple of cities from the top and the bottom of the list:
With over 222,000 people and as part of the Phoenix metropolitan area, it’s surprising that Gilbert is able to maintain such high average rent rates. Usually larger cities see a drop in rent as they grow and start to adopt urban characteristics.
Gilbert still maintains its small-town charm and high property values. It also has not been hit as much in the recent recession as other cities in the State.
The population in Surprise is nearly at 100,000 residents, and retirees from all across the world are still flocking to this beautiful Phoenix metropolitan community.
The town recently announced that it has approved the development of what will be the region’s largest shopping center. This new mall will create 20,000 new jobs for the area.
Warm in the winter and hot in the summer, Yuma has just over 90,000 residents. Rent rates are low here primarily due to the city’s distance from the rest of civilization (about 200 miles from Phoenix) and because of continuing problems with unemployment.
Just over 100 miles south of Phoenix, Tucson boasts over 540,000 residents and also the cheapest average rent rates in the entire State. The area is beautiful and its high altitude keeps it immune from some of the extreme weather in the rest of the State.
Rent in Arizona fluctuates from city to city, offering renters their choice of high or low-priced options. It’s important to carefully research each area you’re considering. Don’t jump into a place just because it’s more affordable than everywhere else. Make sure you like where you’re going to live and good luck in your search for a great apartment.
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