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Telegraph Hill district, San Francisco
Telegraph Hill district, San Francisco

If you want to call the rolling hills of San Francisco home, or indeed anywhere close to them, get ready to shell out big bucks on your lodgings.

Median rent prices for one-bedroom flats as of March 2016 were higher here than anywhere else in the nation, topping $3,500 a month, according to a monthly report of over 1 million active listings across the United States complied by Zumper, a startup in the rental listings market.

Keeping it in good company were two neighboring cities: Oakland and San Jose, who rank as the fourth and fifth most expensive place to rent respectively.

Rounding out the top five were two East Coast offenders: New York and Boston.

Below is the full list of the top ten most expensive cities, as well as the median cost of a one bed rental.

  1. San Francisco, CA $3,590
  2. New York, NY $3,340
  3. Boston, MA $2,310
  4. Oakland, CA $2,280
  5. San Jose, CA $2,270
  6. Washington, DC $2,200
  7. Los Angeles, CA $1,970
  8. Miami, FL $1,900
  9. Chicago, IL $1,790
  10. Seattle, WA $1,750

To see the full list, which includes info for 50 cities, visit