The fair market rent value of two-bedroom apartments varies considerably by state, with Hawaii having the most expensive rent at nearly 1,900 U.S. dollars on average, and Arkansas having the most affordable at around 720 U.S. dollars, not including Puerto Rico. However, the most expensive U.S. region in terms of housing costs is the San Francisco Bay Area. In 2018, the U.S. city with the highest average rent for a one bedroom apartment was San Francisco, CA at 3,535 U.S. dollars, more than twice the national average. In order to afford a two-bedroom apartment in Marin, San Francisco, or San Mateo counties, an hourly wage of at least 60 U.S. dollars is required.
Some of the nicest benefits of living in an apartment building are the amenities that would not come with a typical single family house. These could include laundry facilities, pools, parking garages, fitness centers, and so on. In New York City, an apartment building with a doorman typically raises the monthly rent by over 250 dollars. Some of the most common amenities across different U.S. cities are dishwashers, washer-dryer units, and swimming pools.