Kelly Garrity – Boston.com correspondent
December 1, 2021 5:28 P.M.
Being single in the city can be taxing. Family harassment aside at family gatherings, finding an affordable apartment for one person can seem impossible, especially in Boston, which was ranked the fifth least affordable city in the east for singles. RentHop Singles Index 2021, released last week.
According to the report, the median cost of a studio in the city is $ 2,250, a whopping 21.6% increase from last year and the biggest jump of any city analyzed in the report.
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The report looked at the cost of renting a studio apartment in the 50 most populous cities in the United States, as well as the average income of a single employee in each to determine the ranking.
Although rents in Boston are the third highest in the country (behind New York and San Francisco), the city has the fifth highest average singles income, $ 87,656 per year.
The report named these cities the least affordable for singles and noted the median price of a studio:
- Miami: $ 1,800
- New York: $ 2,450
- New Orleans: $ 1,269
- Raleigh, North Carolina: $ 1,691
And here are the five most affordable:
- Wichita, Kan. : $ 500
- Columbus, Ohio: $ 625
- Albuquerque: $ 700
- Oklahoma City: $ 723
- Tulsa, Oklahoma: $ 695
The report looked at census data to determine average income, as well as information from its own database to calculate the median cost of a studio in each city.