May Rent Report

Welcome to the May 2019 Pittsburgh Apartment Report. In this assessment of the local rental market, ABODO data scientists and rental experts break down the May 2019 key findings and figures for the Pittsburgh rental landscape.

Our experts analyze the pricing trends — one-bedroom, two-bedroom, year-over-year and month-over-month — in Pittsburgh 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 Pittsburgh rent prices in the chart below.

Monthly Rent Report

Pittsburgh Rent Prices Decreased From April to May

Pittsburgh rent prices increased over the last month. From April to May, the city experienced a 3.29% increase for the price of a one-bedroom apartment. The rent price for a Pittsburgh one-bedroom apartments currently stands at $1,131.

When we take a look at the two-bedroom comparison from April to May, Pittsburgh experienced a 2.6% increase for the price of a two-bedroom apartment. The rent price for a Pittsburgh two-bedroom apartments currently stands at $1,304.

May Prices: Pittsburgh vs. Surrounding Areas

Rent Prices in Pittsburgh and Surrounding Areas

Rent prices have increased in Pittsburgh 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 Pittsburgh 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 Bethel Park, PA, Bellevue, PA, Osborne, PA, Washington, PA, Slippery Rock, PA .

  • Rent decreased in Moon Township, PA.

  • 1 suburb is currently priced higher than the city of Pittsburgh.

  • 5 suburbs are currently priced lower than the city of Pittsburgh.

May 2019 Pricing Trends: Pittsburgh vs. National Comparisons

Pittsburgh Rent Prices More Affordable Than Major Cities

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

The price for a Pittsburgh 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 May 2019 National Apartment Report and data set here.

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

Data set for Pittsburgh and suburbs

1 BR May 1 BR M/M % Change 2 BR May 2 BR M/M % Change
Pittsburgh, PA $1,095 2.72% $1,271 2.67%
Bethel Park, PA $1,003 7.16% $1,536 1.19%
Moon Township, PA $724 -4.99% $928 4.62%
Bellevue, PA $668 1.67% $773 -0.39%
Osborne, PA $761 1.20% $1,349 0.15%
Washington, PA $1,227 9.16% $748 2.47%
Slippery Rock, PA $547 1.30% $640 -0.16%


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.