The median apartment rent in Arlington has grown at more than twice the national total in the past year, although the five-year trend has seen the county lagging the national rate of growth.
The median rent for a one-bedroom apartment was $1,840 and for a two-bedroom apartment was $2,130 in Arlington, based on the latest data from Apartment List. The growth rate of 3.7 percent from 12 months before compares to a national increase of 1.7 percent during the same period.
(Since 2014, however, Arlington rents have trailed the national rate of growth – increasing by 9.2 percent compared to 11.1 percent.)
Nationally, the highest rate of growth among mid-sized and larger communities was 1.7 percent for the year ending in February. Mesa, Ariz., led the pack with a growth rate of more than 5 percent. Henderson, Nev. (adjacent to Las Vegas), Nashville, Phoenix and Austin rounded out the top five highest growth rates.
Among jurisdictions in the Washington metropolitan area:
• The median rent in Bethesda (one-bedroom and two-bedroom units) was $2,090 and $2,410, down 1.1 percent year-over-year.
• The median rent in Rockville was $1,750/$2,030, down 0.8 percent.
• The median rent in Germantown was $1,740/$2,010, up 2.8 percent.
• The median rent in Centreville was $1,690/$1,940, up 2.6 percent.
• The median rent in Alexandria was $1,630/$1,880, up 2.5 percent.
• The median rent in Silver Spring was $1,530/$1,770, down 0.3 percent.
• The median rent in the District of Columbia was $1,360/$1,580, up 2.1 percent.
Looking for something cheaper? Norfolk reports a median two-bedroom rent of $959, less half that of Arlington’s rate.
For more data, see the Website at www.apartmentlist.com.