Upper West Side 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.

New York, NY map (which includes Upper West Side) of rent costs by neighborhood

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On average, the cost of rent in Upper West Side is about $2,349 per month. This puts it in the 91st percentile compared to the city average cost of rent, which is $1,818. Households in Upper West Side have a median income of $11,067 per month so the average renter in Upper West Side is spending roughly 21% of their earnings on housing.

Nationally, and in Upper West Side, home values are the data point most closely correlated with the cost of rent. The median price of a home in Upper West Side is $1,772,740 right now, which is higher than neighborhoods nearby, meaning that rents in Upper West Side also tend to be higher versus these nearby neighborhoods.

Higher rent prices are common in the southwestern parts of Upper West Side while lower rent rates are often available in northeastern areas.

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