Kansas City renters looking for the least expensive areas to rent should look for the areas towards the red end of the spectrum on the rent cost map. Those who don't mind paying for high-end and luxury apartments should seek out apartments in the purple and dark green areas.

Kansas City, MO map of rent costs by neighborhood

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On average, the cost of rent in Kansas City is about $1,239 per month. This puts it in the 95th percentile compared to the state average cost of rent, which is $1,047. Households in Kansas City have a median income of $6,407 per month so the average renter in Kansas City is spending roughly 19% of their earnings on housing.

Nationally, and in Kansas City, home values are the data point most closely correlated with the cost of rent. The median price of a home in Kansas City is $265,540 right now, which is higher than cities nearby, meaning that rents in Kansas City also tend to be higher versus these nearby cities.

Higher rent prices are common in the southern parts of Kansas City while lower rent rates are often available in northeastern areas.

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