Now Playing
On Air
No Program
Now Playing

Posted: March 04, 2016

Top 20 most expensive ZIP codes for renters

A view of the Golden Gate Brdige from the Marin Headlands on May 27, 2012 in San Francisco, California.   (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
Ezra Shaw
A view of the Golden Gate Brdige from the Marin Headlands on May 27, 2012 in San Francisco, California.   (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

By Christine DiGangi

Trending on Facebook

More popular and trending stories

You’ve heard it before: It’s really expensive to live in New York or San Francisco. The amount some people in those cities spend on rent in one year would be enough for a down payment on a home in much of the country.

>> Read more trending stories

To figure out which areas of these pricey locales have the most outrageous rents, RENTCafé, an apartment-search website, analyzed the rents charged in apartment buildings with 50 or more rental units in ZIP codes containing at least 200 rental units.

The data comes from Yardi Matrix, a rental market data service, and includes rents for units of all sizes from 2015. It was a nationwide analysis, but the 20 most expensive ZIP codes for renters were all in two states: New York and California. The list is overwhelmed by New York City ZIP codes — actually, even that’s too broad a category. They’re all in one part of New York: Manhattan.

It would take a pretty hefty income to be able to afford these areas. On top of the cost, there’s the fact that these are highly competitive rental markets, so even if you could pay thousands of dollars in rent each month, getting a place wouldn’t be easy. 

So if you feel like your building charges a ton in rent, looking at this list of high-end ZIP codes might make you feel a little better. Unless, of course, you live in any of these places.

ZIP codes are in New York City unless otherwise noted.

20. 90405

Includes Ocean Park and Sunset Park neighborhoods in Santa Monica, California
Median monthly rent in 2015: $3,832

19. 94107

Includes Potrero Hill and Dogpatch in San Francisco
Median rent: $3,851

17. 10038 (tie) 

Includes Lower Manhattan
Median rent: $3,855

17. 10069 (tie)

Includes Upper West Side
Median rent: $3,855

16. 10023

Includes Upper West Side
Median rent: $3,890

15. 10016

Includes Murray Hill and Kips Bay
Median rent: $3,895

14. 94105

Includes Yerba Buena and South Beach in San Francisco
Median rent: $3,911

13. 94158

Mission Bay in San Francisco
Median rent: $3,931

12. 10019

Includes Hell’s Kitchen, Midtown West
Median rent: $3,960

11. 10026

Includes Morningside Heights and Harlem
Median rent: $3,990

10. 10002

Includes Lower East Side
Median rent: $4,032

9. 10003

Includes Union Square and Gramercy
Median rent: $4,095

8. 10001

Includes Midtown West and Chelsea
Median rent: $4,150

7. 10025

Includes Upper West Side
Median rent: $4,185

6. 94920

Belvedere Tiburon, California
Median rent: $4,195

4. 10065 (tie)

Includes Lenox Hill
Median rent: $4,200

4. 10010 (tie)

Includes Gramercy and Flatiron
Median rent: $4,200

3. 10282

Includes Tribeca
Median rent: $4,615

2. 10014

Includes the West Village
Median rent: $4,650

1. 10036

Includes Hell’s Kitchen, Midtown West, Times Square and Theater District
Median rent: $4,720

There are no comments yet. Be the first to post your thoughts. or Register.


The #1 Free Home Show in the Miami Valley is almost here

The event formerly known as Home World has a new name and new location. Get totally inspired for spring as you find hundreds of ways to improve your home. Make your home the one you really want. Show open daily during mall hours.  Admission is free! 

  • Landscaping and Outdoors

Get ready for Spring and Summer and transform your outdoor space into something that feels like you’re on vacation

  • Demonstration Stage

Make sure to visit our demonstration stage during the entire show. There will be exciting demonstrations on how to re-purpose and design thanks to Monarch Market Affair

  • Meet Barry Williams from The Brady Bunch 
  • Join us as we welcome Me-TV superstar Barry Williams who played the iconic Greg Brady from The Brady Bunch TV Show. Meet him and get an autograph on February 10th stage side at center court in front of Macy’s. 
  • The line will start forming when the Mall Opens, and Barry’s First appearance will be at 11 a.m.
  • Come prepared with your camera or cell phone for the Meet and Greet. 
  • There will be a Q&A session with Barry at 1 p.m. 
  • Enter to win a Me-TV Prize Pack and be the first to meet Barry Williams

For more information on this year’s big event and how your business can participate visit 

Play the Checkered Flag Challenge

This is THE Game for NASCAR Fans. Pick who you think will finish in the top 10 each race and compete for weekly prizes and a trip to the 2019 Daytona 500.