How much rental square footage can you get for $1,500 each month?

  • Rent Café broke down Yardi Matrix data to determine where $1,500 takes renters the farthest.
  • The average $1,500 apartment in Manhattan is just 271 square feet, or $5.54 per square foot.
  • Houston is one of the best big cities for a $1,500 rental budget, which buys around 1,271 square feet.

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