DC is one of the worst cities for affordable, decently sized apartments

Buildings in downtown DC. Photography by amedved via iStock/Getty Images Plus.

News that probably won’t surprise anyone currently looking for an apartment: DC is one of the worst places in the country to find a decent-sized unit on a budget of $1,500 a month.

This conclusion comes from a new analysis by apartment search site RentCafe, which ranked the district 86th out of the 100 largest US cities based on space rented at $1,500 per month. In DC, the study found that sum gives you an average of 500 square feet. In Arlington, $1,500 goes a little further, resulting in a luxurious 548 square feet. (Nevertheless, younger tenants are apparently not deterred—a different study by RentCafe found that Arlington is one of the hottest places for Gen Z renters.)

The DC suburbs where you’ll get the most bang for your buck are District Heights (where $1,500 rents an average of 945 square feet); Suitland (902 square feet); and Takoma Park (894 square feet).

In Baltimore, an increasingly popular DC alternative, you’ll get 822 square feet of living space on a budget of $1,500. But nowhere will your money go further than Wichita—there, $1,500 can rent a whopping 1,600 square feet.

Of course, things could be worse. In San Francisco, $1,500 is 345 square feet; in Boston, you will have 340 square feet; and in New York, it will have to cram in 262 square feet.

Take a look below at some DC-area apartments available now for around $1,500 per month.

Tivoli Gardens, 1445 Ogden Street, NW

Where: Columbia Heights
Price: $1,328-$1,657
Area: 540 square feet, studio
Notable Details: The apartment complex includes a gym and laundry facilities.

Park Greene Apartments, 2641 Shadyside Ave, Suitland

Where: Suitland
Price: $1,479-$1,695
Area: 992 square feet, two bedrooms
Notable details: Apartments have washers and dryers and balconies.

2008 13th St., NW

Where: U Street Corridor
Price: $1,500
Area: 420 square feet, one bedroom
Notable Details: You’ll have to sacrifice some sun in this basement apartment, but all utilities are included (!) and there’s a washer and dryer in the unit.

Carillon House, 2500 Wisconsin Ave. NW

Where: Glover Park
Price: $1,480
Area: 376 square feet, studio
Notable details: The building has a rooftop terrace and a fitness center.

1616 17th Place SE

Where: Anacostia
Price: $1,453
Area: 960 square feet, two bedrooms
Notable details: It has a washer and dryer and a dishwasher, and it is a short distance from the Anacostia metro station.

River Square, 1021 Arlington Blvd, Unit 537, Arlington

Where: Arlington
Price: $1,497
Area: 400 square feet, studio
Notable Details: The apartment complex has many amenities, including a swimming pool, sauna, fitness center, and convenience store.

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