New York is one of the most expensive cities. Source: USA Today
New York is one of the most expensive cities. Source: USA Today

The major cities in the US have always been some of the most expensive places to live in. For example, finding an affordable apartment in a place like New York is practically impossible in 2022. It is seen as financially untenable to rent an apartment on your own in these cities without a roommate to share the costs. 

There are of course some cities where a one-bedroom apartment is cheaper and more accessible compared to New York. But make no mistake, no matter where you live, you don't want to be a single renter. 

While you can find a nice one-bedroom apartment in many cities, the rent will be almost too much to handle on your own. 

In case you are looking for the ultimate bargain, we have analyzed the average rent for apartments in various cities and came up with the most expensive places to live in.

1.New York, NY 

As you’d expect, New York is the most expensive place to live in the US and the world in general. The cost of apartments in the city has been shooting up every single year with rents going up as well. 

The average cost to rent an apartment in the big apple is around $3,260. In some cases, you may notice that single one-bedroom apartments are more expensive than two-bedroom ones.

2.San Francisco, CA

San Francisco is the tech capital of the world. It also has some of the highest incomes of any city in the US. 

As such, you would expect the cost of living here to be quite high. Well, apartments in the city average about $2,850 per month. 

But over the years, home prices and rental costs in the city have been going up quite rapidly. Soon, the cost to rent here will likely be closer or even higher than in New York City.

3.Boston, MA 

Boston is a major coastal city in the state of Massachusetts. The city is known as the R and D center for the United States and is home to some of the leading universities in the world. 

The cost of renting in Boston does not fall far compared to San Francisco. On average, expect to pay around $2,720 a month.

4.San Jose, CA 

Located on the sunny coast of California, San Jose is also one of the biggest cities in the US. It is home to several major US companies and ranks as one of the fastest-growing urban areas in the country. 

Apartments here are not cheap. On average, you will pay around $2,390 per month in rent.

5.Miami, FL

Miami comes in to wrap up the top 5 list with an average rental fee of around $2,340. As with San Francisco, rents are also rising in the city and could become higher in the future. 

Miami is one of the largest cities in Florida and the US as well.