California rents among the nation’s highest

No matter how you look at it: rent charged, price per square foot, or average size unit, California renters don’t have it easy.

First, the rents themselves. Californians are paying their landlords $2,521, the 4th highest in the U.S. and 47% above the nationwide average of $$1,713. California trails only Massachusetts, New York, and Hawaii in average monthly rate.

While the prices are high, the units are small, coming in at the 11th-tiniest in the country at 851 square feet.

When these two metrics are combined, the price per square foot is $2.96, the fifth-highest among all the states and 55% higher than the nationwide charge of $1.91 per square foot.

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