The Average Cost of One Bedroom Apartments in 50 Major U.S. Cities
Before planning a big move, it’s important to have a clear picture of what your new city will cost you. TIME Money recently shared the results of a study conducted by GoBankingRates that reveals what the average person pays in rent for a one-bedroom apartment in 50 cities across the country.
To create its thorough overview of the current national rental market, GoBankingRates used information from Zillow’s rental index for March 2016, including median rent prices and square footage. It also used the cost of living database Numbeo to find the average cost of utilities and WalkScore.com and Apartmentguide.com to help calculate walkability and the percentage of apartments with such desirable amenities as dishwashers, washer-dryers, fitness center access, and parking.
The data reveals what many renters and apartment hunters may already know: There is often a sizable difference in apartment prices within the same state. Renters who live in one bedroom apartments in San Francisco, for example, pay $3600 each month, more than three times what residents of Sacramento pay. Similarly, renters in Newark, New Jersey pay $850 for 650 square feet, while nearby New Yorkers pay $2200 (and get an additional 100 square feet).
Check out the average rent prices in our chart below, and head over to GoBankingRates for a more detailed breakdown of its findings.
Hate housecleaning but love Star Wars? Samsung’s got the solution. In anticipation of December’s Star Wars: The Last Jedi, the newest film in the Star Wars saga, Samsung has transformed a limited number of its VR7000 POWERbot robot vacuum cleaners into two familiar faces from George Lucas’s legendary space opera: a Stormtrooper and Darth Vader (which comes with Wi-Fi connectivity and a remote control).
In order to create a unique device that would truly thrill Star Wars aficionados, Samsung consulted with fans of the film throughout each stage of the process. The result is a pair of custom-crafted robo-vacuums that fill your home with the sounds of a galaxy far, far away as they clean (when you turn Darth Vader on, for example, you’ll hear his iconic breathing).
“We are very pleased to be part of the excitement leading up to the release of The Last Jedi and to be launching our limited edition POWERbot in partnership with Star Wars fans,” B.S. Suh, Samsung’s executive vice president, said in a press statement. “From its industry-leading suction power, slim design, and smart features, to the wonderful character-themed voice feedback and sound effects, we are confident the Star Wars limited edition of the VR7000 will be a big hit.”
Be warned that this kind of power suction doesn’t come cheap: while the Stormtrooper POWERbot will set you back $696, the Darth Vader vacuum retails for $798. Who knew the Dark Side was so sparkling clean?