- In August, two Manhattan landlords were caught renting out illegal micro-apartments for $600 a month.
- Zillow provided Business Insider with a list of 36 US cities where you can legally rent an actual apartment for that much (or less).
- Of those 36 cities, Business Insider narrowed it down to a list of the largest seven, in terms of population.
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In August, two Manhattan landlords were caught renting out illegal sub-units with no windows, sprinklers, or fire-safety systems. In one of the illegal apartments, the ceilings were reported to be just 4.5 to 6 feet tall.
Gothamist reports that the tiny spaces were being rented out for $600 a month.
Given that New York City is home to one of America’s most expensive rental markets, it’s no surprise that even illegal micro-apartments will cost renters a pretty penny. In fact, one year’s worth of the average legal rent in Manhattan ($2,980 for a one-bedroom, as of June 2019) is more than three-quarters of the country’s average annual salary, which is $47,060.
But not every American city is this outrageously expensive.
With the help of Zillow, Business Insider compiled a list of cities where you can legally rent a real apartment – windows included! – for less than $600 a month. Of the 36 cities Zillow provided, Business Insider has listed the seven largest in terms of population. Population data for each city was collected from Niche, a ranking and review site.
Keep reading for a list of places in the US where the median monthly rent is less than $600, ranked from the most to the least expensive.
Tarboro, North Carolina: The median rent in Tarboro is $598.
Coal Township, Pennsylvania: The median rent in Coal is $593.
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Sharon, Pennsylvania: The median rent in Sharon is $590.
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Danville, Illinois: The median rent in Danville is $574.
Johnstown, Pennsylvania: The median rent in Johnstown is $569.
Bluefield, West Virginia: The median rent in Bluefield is $553.
Charleston, Illinois: The median rent in Charleston is $546.
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