San Diego 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.

San Diego, CA map of rent costs by neighborhood

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On average, the cost of rent in San Diego is about $2,047 per month. This puts it in the 81st percentile compared to the state average cost of rent, which is $1,931. Households in San Diego have a median income of $7,210 per month so the average renter in San Diego is spending roughly 28% of their earnings on housing.

Nationally, and in San Diego, home values are the data point most closely correlated with the cost of rent. The median price of a home in San Diego is $740,485 right now, which is lower than cities nearby, meaning that rents in San Diego also tend to be lower versus these nearby cities.

Higher rent prices are common in the western parts of San Diego while lower rent rates are often available in southern areas.

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