Orange County 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.

Orange County, CA map of rent costs by neighborhood

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On average, the cost of rent in Orange County is about $2,304 per month. This puts it in the 95th percentile compared to the state average cost of rent, which is $1,931. Households in Orange County have a median income of $8,135 per month so the average renter in Orange County is spending roughly 28% of their earnings on housing.

Nationally, and in Orange County, home values are the data point most closely correlated with the cost of rent. The median price of a home in Orange County is $883,799 right now, which is higher than counties nearby, meaning that rents in Orange County also tend to be higher versus these nearby counties.

Higher rent prices are common in the northeastern parts of Orange County while lower rent rates are often available in central areas.

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