How Much Will an Extra Bedroom Cost You in Rent?

A study reveals the U.S. cities where you’ll pay the most in additional rent when sizing up to an apartment with an extra bedroom.

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It’s become increasingly clear over the past year that remote work is not going to fade away when the pandemic does. A survey of 20,000 renters conducted by RentCafe this May found that a third of respondents were working from home and expected to continue, either fully or partially.

Among respondents expecting to continue remote work, 75 percent said they didn’t have a separate room to work from, instead making use of bedrooms, living rooms, kitchens and even closets. A third said they were looking to upgrade to a place with an extra room.

But how much will that cost? Among the 100 largest U.S. cities, the additional rent needed for another room ranged from 11 percent (or $131) in Stockton, Calif., to a whopping 43 percent (or $1,532) in Manhattan. (To prevent skewing the data in New York City, where rents vary widely, each borough was considered independently.) The national average increase was 24 percent, no matter the size of the current apartment.

One note of encouragement to those concerned about the extra cost of a rental with more rooms: The money saved on commuting when working from home, it was found, could cover much of the cost of sizing up. (On average, $417 was spent on commuting, while an extra room increased costs by $337.)

This week’s chart, based on the RentCafe data, shows which of the largest 100 U.S. cities had the smallest and greatest percentage increases in rent when sizing up to an place with an additional bedroom.

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The cities with the largest and smallest percentage increases in rent when sizing up to a unit with an additional bedroom.

Smallest Increase

Greatest Increase

PERCENT

INCREASE

PERCENT

INCREASE

DOLLAR

INCREASE

DOLLAR

INCREASE

CITY

CITY

43%

$1,592

11%

Manhattan*

$131

Stockton, Calif.

39%

$923

11%

$148

Los Angeles

Modesto, Calif.

38%

$706

12%

$104

Seattle

Memphis

38%

$646

15%

$191

Chicago

Baltimore

37%

$1,033

15%

$193

San Francisco

Charlotte, N.C.

35%

$603

15%

$224

Philadelphia

Atlanta

35%

$292

16%

$152

Lubbock, Texas

Indianapolis

34%

$496

16%

$167

Minneapolis

Birmingham, Ala.

33%

$872

16%

$211

Oakland, Calif.

Boise, Idaho

33%

$305

16%

$219

Nashville

Tucson, Ariz.

Smallest Increase

PERCENT

INCREASE

DOLLAR

INCREASE

CITY

11%

$131

Stockton, Calif.

11%

$148

Modesto, Calif.

12%

$104

Memphis

15%

$191

Baltimore

15%

$193

Charlotte, N.C.

15%

$224

Atlanta

16%

$152

Indianapolis

16%

$167

Birmingham, Ala.

16%

$211

Boise, Idaho

16%

$219

Nashville

Greatest Increase

PERCENT

INCREASE

DOLLAR

INCREASE

CITY

43%

$1,592

Manhattan*

39%

$923

Los Angeles

38%

$706

Seattle

38%

$646

Chicago

37%

$1,033

San Francisco

35%

$603

Philadelphia

35%

$292

Lubbock, Texas

34%

$496

Minneapolis

33%

$872

Oakland, Calif.

33%

$305

Tucson, Ariz.

*For the purposes of this study, Manhattan was treated as a separate city.

Source: RentCafe

By The New York Times

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