San Francisco:
January Rent Report

Welcome to the January 2020 San Francisco Apartment Report. In this assessment of the local rental market, ABODO data scientists and rental experts break down the January 2020 key findings and figures for the San Francisco rental landscape.

Our experts analyze the pricing trends — one-bedroom, two-bedroom, year-over-year and month-over-month — in San Francisco and surrounding areas and provide comparisons to the entire metro area, nearby cities and some of the most desirable and expensive cities in the United States. Take a look at the last 12 months of San Francisco rent prices in the chart below.

Monthly Rent Report

San Francisco Rent Prices Decreased From December to January

San Francisco rent prices decreased over the last month. From December to January, the city experienced a -1.36% decrease for the price of a one-bedroom apartment. The rent price for a San Francisco one-bedroom apartments currently stands at $3,847.

When we take a look at the two-bedroom comparison from December to January, San Francisco experienced a -1.58% decrease for the price of a two-bedroom apartment. The rent price for a San Francisco two-bedroom apartments currently stands at $5,299.

January Prices: San Francisco vs. Surrounding Areas

Rent Prices in San Francisco and Surrounding Areas

Rent prices have decreased in San Francisco over the last month. But how have the surrounding areas fared when it comes to the recent volatility in apartment prices? Rent prices in 5 of the San Francisco suburbs increased last month. On the other hand, 1 local areas experienced a decrease in the price of a one-bedroom apartment.

More key findings include:

  • Rent increased in Oakland, CA, Berkeley, CA, San Mateo, CA, South San Francisco, CA, San Leandro, CA .

  • Rent decreased in Emeryville, CA.

  • 6 suburbs are currently priced lower than the city of San Francisco.

January 2020 Pricing Trends: San Francisco vs. National Comparisons

San Francisco Rent Prices More Affordable Than Major Cities

Rent growth in San Francisco over the past year has been declining. When compared to major cities nearby, along with some of the most expensive cities in the country, San Francisco rent prices appear to be relatively affordable for local residents.

The price for a San Francisco one-bedroom apartment remains vastly more affordable than four of the largest cities in the United States — New York City, Washington, D.C. San Francisco and Los Angeles. And pricing compares quite similarly to nearby Midwest cities.

You can view the full rundown of ABODO's January 2020 National Apartment Report and data set here.

For more information about San Francisco and surrounding area rent prices, take a look at the complete data set below.

Data set for San Francisco and suburbs

1 BR January 1 BR M/M % Change 2 BR January 2 BR M/M % Change
San Francisco, CA $3,900 -0.92% $5,384 -1.12%
Oakland, CA $2,619 5.65% $3,281 7.75%
Berkeley, CA $2,604 2.44% $3,123 -1.14%
San Mateo, CA $3,582 0.76% $4,196 1.33%
South San Francisco, CA $3,433 21.14% $4,275 0.54%
San Leandro, CA $2,113 0.14% $2,304 0.04%
Emeryville, CA $2,633 -2.30% $3,415 2.49%

Methodology

Each month, using over 1 million ABODO listings across the United States, we calculate the median 1-bedroom and 2-bedroom rent prices by city, state, and nation, and track the month-over-month percent change. To avoid small sample sizes, we restrict the analysis for our reports to cities meeting minimum population and property count thresholds.