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Charlottesville rents decline in past month, but still significantly higher than last year

Crystal Graham
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Charlottesville rents have declined 0.7 percent over the past month but are up 9 percent in comparison to the same time last year, according to Apartment List.

Currently, median rents in Charlottesville are at $1,165 for a one-bedroom apartment or $1,536 for a two-bedroom, according to the August 2022 Charlottesville Rent Report.

Throughout the past year, rent increases have been occurring not just in the city of Charlottesville, but across the entire state. The state as a whole logged rental growth of 11 percent over the past year.

Here’s a look at how rents compare across some of the largest cities in the state:

  • Arlington is the most expensive of all Virginia’s major cities, with a median two-bedroom rent of $2,538
  • Roanoke experiencing the fastest growth (+24.9 percent)
  • Centreville, Alexandria, and Richmond have all experienced year-over-year growth above the state average (12.4, 12.2, and 12.0 percent, respectively)

While rising rental rates aren’t good news, Charlottesville apartments do appear to be more affordable that many large cities nationwide.

Here’s how Charlottesville compares to the national averages:

  • Charlottesville’s median two-bedroom rent of $1,536 is above the national average of $1,358.
  • Nationwide, rents have grown by 12.3 percent over the past year compared to the 9 percent rise in Charlottesville
  • While Charlottesville’s rents rose sharply over the past year, many cities nationwide also saw increases, including Miami (+23 percent), New York City (+21.2 percent), and Dallas (+16 percent).

Apartment List publishes monthly reports on rental trends for hundreds of cities across the U.S. For more information, check out the national report.

Crystal Graham

Crystal Graham

Crystal Abbe Graham is the regional editor of Augusta Free Press. A 1999 graduate of Virginia Tech, she has worked for nearly 25 years as a reporter and editor for several Virginia publications, written a book, and garnered more than a dozen Virginia Press Association awards for writing and graphic design. She was the co-host of "Viewpoints," a weekly TV news show, and co-host of Virginia Tonight, a nightly TV news show. Her work on "Virginia Tonight" earned her a national Telly award for excellence in television.