Renting? 10 Cities Where You Get the Biggest Bang for Your Buck

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Kansas City isn’t just topping charts for its barbecue this summer — it’s also where renters can get the most for their money.

According to Zillow’s latest analysis, Kansas City is one of 10 big cities offering the best combination of:

  • Current rental prices
  • Price per square foot
  • Low year-over-year changes in cost of rent
  • Low cost of rent compared with the cost of buying a home

If you’re looking to rent, this could mean the difference between a 2-bedroom with a private patio and a 500-square-foot studio.

And for prospective buyers facing the current rise in home values and low for-sale inventory, renting in one of these cities may present an attractive alternative.

Here’s a look at homes for rent in the top 10 places where you can get the biggest bang for your buck.

10. Milwaukee, WI

1922 N 52nd St, Milwaukee, WI

  • For rent: $1,500 per month
  • Specs: 1,145 square feet, 2 bedrooms, 1.25 baths
  • Extras: Professional landscaping, outdoor living space, laundry, 2-car detached garage

9. New Orleans, LA

3109 General Taylor St, New Orleans, LA

  • For rent: $1,100 per month
  • Specs: 1,094 square feet, 3 bedrooms, 1 bath
  • Extras: Front porch, off-street parking, pets on case-by-case basis, tenant-maintained yard

8. Columbus, OH

136 Columbian Ave, Columbus, OH

  • For rent: $800 per month
  • Specs: 1,232 square feet, 3 bedrooms, 1 bath
  • Extras: 2-car detached garage, proximity to parks and schools

7. Fresno, CA

4265 W Princeton Ave, Fresno, CA 

  • For rent: $945 per month
  • Specs: 972 square feet, 2 bedrooms, 1 bath
  • Extras: Covered patio, 2-car garage, cats allowed

6. Tucson, AZ

750 E Irvington Rd, Tucson, AZ 

  • For rent: $715+ per month
  • Specs: 875 square feet, 2 bedrooms, 2 baths
  • Extras: Pets allowed, shared pool and spa, fitness center

5. Virginia Beach, VA

Virginia Beach
921 Sedley Rd, Virginia Beach, VA 

  • For rent: $1,500 per month
  • Specs: 1,710 square feet, 3 bedrooms, 3 baths
  • Extras: Fenced backyard, 1-car garage

4. Las Vegas, NV

Las Vegas
5904 Briar Rose Ln, Las Vegas, NV

  • For rent: $1,050 per month
  • Specs: 1,500 square feet, 3 bedrooms, 2 baths
  • Extras: 2-car garage, laundry, backyard patio

3. El Paso, TX

El Paso
3712 Trina, El Paso, TX

  • For rent: $950 per month
  • Specs: 1,390 square feet, 3 bedrooms, 2 baths
  • Extras: Fireplace

2. Wichita, KS

13115 E Laguna St, Wichita, KS 

  • For rent: $950 per month
  • Specs: 900 square feet, 1 bedroom, 1 bath
  • Extras: Utilities included, garage, neighborhood pool access

1. Kansas City, MO

Kansas City

1909 NW 82nd Ter, Kansas City, MO

  • For rent: $1,100 per month
  • Specs: 1,371 square feet, 2 bedrooms, 2.5 baths
  • Extras: Partially finished basement, cedar deck, professionally landscaped yard

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