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The Most Searched Cities on Apartments.com in the First Half of 2018

Atlanta skyline from Jackson Street Bridge

We’re more than halfway through 2018, and the Apartments.com Team decided to take a look at which cities on our website received the highest total search volume so far this year. Most of the cities our users are searching for are popular and warm—like a cup of hot coffee, or a heater, on a cold day.

Many of our most-searched cities also feature excellent job prospects, awards that warrant bragging rights, and relatively affordable rent prices—so you can stretch your paycheck from your new job further and explore your new city like the Magellan you are.

Here’s the breakdown:

                                    

  1. Chicago, IL


    Overview:
    Chicago is a world-class city in its own right, boasting daring architecture, phenomenal cultural experiences, and exquisite cuisine from all over the world. Convenient access to the majestic Lake Michigan, efficient public transportation, and diverse neighborhoods continues to draw residents to the Windy City.

    Average rent for a one-bedroom apartment:
    $1,479

    Job Opportunities:
    Listed among the Best Cities for Job Seekers in 2018 by Indeed.com and the Best Places for Business and Careers by Forbes.com

    Population in 2018:
    2,687,682

    Population Rank (out of 100):
    3

    Climate:
    Humid continental

    Best Place to Live?:
    Ranked 87 out of 125 Best Places to Live in the USA by U.S. News and World Report as well as 22 out of 228 Best Cities for Millennials in America by Niche.com



  2. Seattle, WA


    Overview:
    Situated on the Puget Sound in the Pacific Northwest, Seattle is famous for its great coffee, technology sector, gorgeous natural landscape, and the iconic Space Needle. Each of Seattle’s vibrant neighborhoods offer something unique to discover, from the delicious and diverse cuisine of the International District to the funky shops and music venues of Capitol Hill.

    Average rent for a one-bedroom apartment:
    $1,786

    Job Opportunities:
    Listed among the Best Cities for Job Seekers in 2018 by Indeed.com and the Best Places for Business and Careers by Forbes.com

    Population in 2018:
    746,046

    Population Rank (out of 100):
    18

    Climate:
    Warm-summer Mediterranean

    Best Place to Live?:
    Ranked 10 out of 125 Best Places to Live in the USA by U.S. News and World Report as well as 4 out of 228 Best Cities for Millennials in America by Niche.com



  3. Atlanta, GA


    Overview:
    Regarded as the Capital of the New South, Atlanta is a dynamic metropolis home to a thriving arts scene, numerous corporations, the world’s busiest airport, a diverse population, exceptional cuisine, and five major sports teams. Known as the City in a Forest, Atlanta touts impressive skylines as well as one of the largest urban tree canopies.

    Average rent for a one-bedroom apartment:
    $1,260

    Job Opportunities:
    Listed among the Best Cities for Job Seekers in 2018 by Indeed.com and the Best Places for Business and Careers by Forbes.com

    Population in 2018:
    491,626

    Population Rank (out of 100):
    38

    Climate:
    Humid subtropical

    Best Place to Live?:
    Ranked 47 out of 125 Best Places to Live in the USA by U.S. News and World Report as well as 21 out of 228 Best Cities for Millennials in America by Niche.com



  4. Charlotte, NC


    Overview:
    Nicknamed the Queen City, Charlotte boasts something for everyone, from museums and plays to sporting events and outdoor adventures. Charlotte is a city on the rise, with a thriving job market, affordable cost of living, convenience to the mountains and the ocean, and a bit of everything.

    Average rent for a one-bedroom apartment:
    $1,057

    Job Opportunities:
    Listed among the Best Places for Business and Careers by Forbes.com

    Population in 2018:
    873,363

    Population Rank (out of 100):
    16

    Climate:
    Humid subtropical

    Best Place to Live?:
    Ranked 22 out of 125 Best Places to Live in the USA by U.S. News and World Report as well as 38 out of 228 Best Cities to Live in America by Niche.com



  5. Austin, TX


    Overview:
    Texas’ state capital is also known as the Live Music Capital of the World for its many music venues, local musicians, and flagship festivals like South by Southwest, Austin City Limits, and Fun Fun Fun Fest. People continue to flock to Austin for its great job market, food scene, and numerous local charms.

    Average rent for a one-bedroom apartment:
    $1,143

    Job Opportunities:
    Listed among the Best Cities for Job Seekers in 2018 by Indeed.com and the Best Places for Business and Careers by Forbes.com

    Population in 2018:
    983,366

    Population Rank (out of 100):
    11

    Climate:
    Humid subtropical

    Best Place to Live?:
    Ranked 1 out of 125 Best Places to Live in the USA by U.S. News and World Report as well as 20 out of 228 Best Cities for Millennials in America by Niche.com



  6. Tempe, AZ


    Overview:
    Part of the Greater Phoenix Area, Tempe is home to Arizona State University’s main campus, resulting in a lively college-town atmosphere. Tempe also touts phenomenal shopping at Arizona Mills and Tempe Marketplace along with convenience to some of the region’s best parks, including Papago Park, Kiwanis Park, Tempe Beach Park, and South Mountain Park.

    Average rent for a one-bedroom apartment:
    $1,027

    Job Opportunities:
    Tempe’s big-city neighbor to the west, Phoenix, is listed among the Best Places for Business and Careers by Forbes.com

    Population in
    2017: 185,038

    Population Rank (out of 100):
    N/A

    Climate:
    Hot desert

    Best Place to Live?:
    Tempe is ranked 4 out of 34 Best Suburbs to Live in Arizona and 35 out of 228 Best Cities to Live in America by Niche.com. Phoenix is ranked 19 out of 125 Best Places to Live in the USA by U.S. News and World Report.



  7. Jacksonville, FL


    Overview:
    Located where the Saint John’s River meets the Atlantic Ocean in northeastern Florida, Jacksonville is the largest city in the state. Jacksonville continues to grow, attracting people for its beautiful beaches, outdoor recreation, burgeoning art and music scene, and growing restaurant scene.

    Average rent for a one-bedroom apartment:
    $905

    Job Opportunities:
    Listed among the Best Places for Business and Careers by Forbes.com

    Population in 2018:
    907,529

    Population Rank (out of 100):
    12

    Climate:
    Humid subtropical

    Best Place to Live?:
    Ranked 44 out of 125 Best Places to Live in the USA by U.S. News and World Report as well as 62 out of 228 Cities with the Lowest Cost of Living in America by Niche.com



  8. Columbus, OH


    Overview:
    Home to the Ohio State University, Columbus is famous for its fierce love of college football. However, the city is much more than a college town, functioning as Ohio’s state capital with fascinating metropolitan museums, historic architecture, and plenty of scenic parks for outdoor recreation.

    Average rent for a one-bedroom apartment:
    $805

    Job Opportunities:
    Listed among the Best Cities for Job Seekers in 2018 by Indeed.com and the Best Places for Business and Careers by Forbes.com

    Population in 2018:
    880,182

    Population Rank (out of 100):
    15

    Climate:
    Humid continental

    Best Place to Live?:
    Ranked 36 out of 125 Best Places to Live in the USA by U.S. News and World Report as well as 41 out of 228 Cities with the Lowest Cost of Living in America by Niche.com



  9. Raleigh, NC


    Overview:
    North Carolina’s state capital is known for being a part of the Research Triangle and housing North Carolina State University. Exciting job opportunities, world-class museums, artistic amenities, great shopping, beautiful parks, and a central locale continue to draw people to Raleigh.

    Average rent for a one-bedroom apartment:
    $990

    Job Opportunities:
    Listed among the Best Places for Business and Careers by Forbes.com

    Population in 2018:
    476,746

    Population Rank (out of 100): 41

    Climate:
    Humid subtropical

    Best Place to Live?:
    Ranked 13 out of 125 Best Places to Live in the USA by U.S. News and World Report as well as 18 out of 228 Best Cities to Live in America by Niche.com



  10. Nashville, TN


    Overview:
    The Music City is famous for housing the Grand Ole Opry, Ryman Auditorium, Bridgestone Arena, and legendary honky-tonk bars. Also Tennessee’s capital city, Nashville offers a broad range of big-city amenities, prestigious universities, an exciting food scene, and an innovative spirit.

    Average rent for a one-bedroom apartment:
    $1,269

    Job Opportunities:
    Listed among the Best Places for Business and Careers by Forbes.com

    Population in 2018:
    673,008

    Population Rank (out of 100):
    23

    Climate:
    Humid subtropical

    Best Place to Live?:
    Ranked 11 out of 125 Best Places to Live in the USA by U.S. News and World Report as well as 60 out of 228 Best Cities for Millennials in America by Niche.com



  11. Dallas, TX


    Overview:
    Dallas is a cosmopolitan city in north Texas, offering plenty of exciting attractions, beautiful parks, sprawling shopping malls, extensive museums, and endless options for entertainment. Dallas continues to draw new residents in with its great job market, affordable cost of living, and diverse amenities.

    Average rent for a one-bedroom apartment:
    $1,262

    Job Opportunities:
    Listed among the Best Places for Business and Careers by Forbes.com

    Population in 2018:
    1,359,133

    Population Rank (out of 100):
    9

    Climate:
    Humid subtropical

    Best Place to Live?:
    Ranked 18 out of 125 Best Places to Live in the USA by U.S. News and World Report as well as 63 out of 228 Best Cities for Millennials in America by Niche.com



  12. Houston, TX


    Overview:
    A city of many nicknames, Houston’s only official nickname is Space City for its extensive history in space exploration, and housing NASA’s Johnson Space Center. Houston is a growing metropolis, attracting people for its great job market, low cost of living, rich diversity, and many cosmopolitan attractions.

    Average rent for a one-bedroom apartment:
    $979

    Job Opportunities:
    Listed among the Best Cities for Job Seekers in 2018 by Indeed.com and the Best Places for Business and Careers by Forbes.com

    Population in 2018:
    2,340,814

    Population Rank (out of 100):
    4

    Climate:
    Humid subtropical

    Best Place to Live?:
    Ranked 26 out of 125 Best Places to Live in the USA by U.S. News and World Report as well as 17 out of 225 Most Diverse Cities in America by Niche.com



  13. Arlington, TX


    Overview:
    Nestled between Dallas and Fort Worth, Arlington is a part of the sprawling Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex. Arlington contains numerous job opportunities as well as many of its own exciting attractions and amenities, including AT&T Stadium (home of the Dallas Cowboys), Globe Life Park (home of the Texas Rangers), Six Flags Over Texas, Hurricane Harbor, and plenty of peaceful parks to escape the big-city bustle.

    Average rent for a one-bedroom apartment:
    $839

    Job Opportunities:
    Listed among the Best Places for Business and Careers by Forbes.com

    Population in 2018:
    401,248

    Population Rank (out of 100):
    48

    Climate:
    Humid subtropical

    Best Place to Live?:
    Ranked 14 out of 225 Most Diverse Cities in America by Niche.com



  14. Washington, DC


    Overview:
    Our nation’s capital is a vibrant metropolis home to an array of world-class museums, exceptional dining experiences, major sports teams, historic monuments, and beautiful cherry blossoms. Washington, DC continues to draw new residents with its fantastic job market, central locale, extensive public transit system, and endless options for exploration.

    Average rent for a one-bedroom apartment:
    $1,973

    Job Opportunities:
    Listed among the Best Cities for Job Seekers in 2018 by Indeed.com and the Best Places for Business and Careers by Forbes.com

    Population in 2018:
    702,756

    Population Rank (out of 100):
    20

    Climate:
    Humid subtropical

    Best Place to Live?:
    Ranked 8 out of 125 Best Places to Live in the USA by U.S. News and World Report as well as 5 out of 228 Best Cities for Millennials in America by Niche.com



  15. Columbia, SC


    Overview:
    South Carolina’s capital city is a growing industrial hub home to a wide variety of scenic parks, interesting museums, a burgeoning food scene, and the University of South Carolina. Columbia is famous for its welcoming atmosphere, earning the nickname The Capital of Southern Hospitality.

    Average rent for a one-bedroom apartment:
    $796

    Job Opportunities:
    Listed among the Best Places for Business and Careers on Forbes.com

    Population in
    2017: 133,114

    Population Rank (out of 100):
    N/A

    Climate:
    Humid subtropical

    Best Place to Live?:
    Ranked 56 out of 125 Best Places to Live in the USA by U.S. News and World Report as well as 56 out of 228 Best Cities to Live in America by Niche.com



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