Tuscaloosa + Montgomery among the cities in the US with the most affordable rent

Tuscaloosa + Montgomery
Alabama State Capitol in Montgomery taken on May 30, 2022. (Pat Byington / The Bama Buzz)

Thinking of moving to a new city? According to a study by Rent.com, Tuscaloosa + Montgomery are among some of the best cities with affordable rent in the United States. Here are the details and where each city ranked.

Where Tuscaloosa + Montgomery ranked

Rent may be on the rise all over the nation, but you can still find affordable housing. There are many livable cities, mainly found in the Midwest and South, where rent is more affordable. Many of these livable cities where rent is decreasing include edge cities and big school college towns like Tuscaloosa and Montgomery.

To determine which cities are the cheapest, Rent.com looked at the average rent, dollar increase and year-over-year percent change in every US city with a population over 50,000 for a combination of apartments layouts that include:

  • Studios
  • One-bedrooms
  • Two- bedrooms

The researchers broke down their data into several lists, but Alabama cities Tuscaloosa and Montgomery ranked highly overall. Tuscaloosa came in at #12 for the cheapest places to rent starting at $872, while Montgomery ranked #21 with $999 a month.

A peek at the list

Several Alabama cities also made the list including Mobile and Birmingham. Here are the rankings:

  • Mobile, AL – ranked #26
  • Birmingham, AL – ranked #35
  • Huntsville, AL – ranked #45
  • Madison, AL – ranked #82

Birmingham also came in at #33 of 50 on the cheapest places to rent list and claimed the 16th spot on the cheapest places to rent a two-bedroom apartment list. According to the researchers, The Magic City has the best value for a two-bedroom.

See what other cities have the most affordable rent here.

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Tira Davis
Tira Davis
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