NJ rents are below the national average

Hoboken and Jersey City are the priciest cities
April 09, 2019 05:30PM

New Jersey (Credit: Wikipedia)

New Jersey (Credit: Wikipedia)

Even as its largest cities, like Jersey City, see pricier new development, rents in New Jersey are generally below the national average.

National rent prices climbed 3.2 percent in March, versus a year earlier, according to NJBIZ. That’s the lowest annual growth in more than six months. Average rent for the month rose $44 to $1,430.

In New Jersey, the fastest rental growth was in Trenton, where prices rose 5.6 percent year over year. It remained the cheapest large city to rent in, at an average of $1,118. The biggest decrease was in Edison, where the average rent fell 1.1 percent.

Hoboken and Jersey City are the most expensive area for renters among the Garden State’s largest cities. The priciest apartments are in nearby Hoboken, where units go for an average of $3,463 while Jersey City residents pay $2,909. That’s followed by Union with an average of $1,800.

Jersey City prices have been driven up in part by a flood of development. In the next three years, about 10,000 rentals are poised to come online. With newer, higher end offerings, the Gold Coast is luring Manhattan and Brooklyn residents in search of relatively more affordable housing. [NJBIZ] — Meenal Vamburkar