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October Rent Report

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

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

Monthly Rent Report

Milwaukee Rent Prices Increase From September to October

Milwaukee rent prices increased over the last month. From September to October, the city experienced a 1.09% increase for the price of a one-bedroom apartment. The rent price for a Milwaukee one-bedroom apartments currently stands at $1,298.0.

When we take a look at the two-bedroom comparison from September to October, Milwaukee experienced a 2.01% increase for the price of a two-bedroom apartment. The rent price for a Milwaukee two-bedroom apartments currently stands at $1,373.0.

October Prices: Milwaukee vs. Surrounding Areas

Rent Prices in Milwaukee and Surrounding Areas

Rent prices have increased in Milwaukee over the last month. But how have the surrounding areas fared when it comes to the recent volatility in apartment prices? Rent prices in 3 of the Milwaukee suburbs increased last month. On the other hand, 4 local areas experienced a decrease in the price of a one-bedroom apartment.

More key findings include:

  • Rent increased in Wauwatosa, WI, Brookfield, WI, Mequon, WI .

  • Rent decreased in Waukesha, WI, Menomonee Falls, WI, West Allis, WI, Shorewood, WI.

  • 3 suburbs are currently priced higher than the city of Milwaukee.

  • 4 suburbs are currently priced lower than the city of Milwaukee.

October 2020 Pricing Trends: Milwaukee vs. National Comparisons

Milwaukee Rent Prices More Affordable Than Major Cities

Rent growth in Milwaukee 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, Milwaukee rent prices appear to be relatively affordable for local residents.

The price for a Milwaukee 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 October 2020 National Apartment Report and data set here.

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

Data set for Milwaukee and suburbs

1 BR October 1 BR M/M % Change 2 BR October 2 BR M/M % Change
Milwaukee, WI $1,284.0 1.02% $1,346.0 -0.96%
Wauwatosa, WI $1,453.0 0.76% $1,870.0 0.70%
Brookfield, WI $1,480.0 0.07% $1,833.0 -0.11%
Waukesha, WI $1,032.0 -0.29% $1,178.0 0.68%
Menomonee Falls, WI $1,271.0 -0.08% $1,531.0 0.00%
West Allis, WI $1,139.0 -1.98% $1,553.0 -0.13%
Mequon, WI $1,425.0 0.07% $1,779.0 -3.42%
Shorewood, WI $815.0 -0.49% $1,544.0 -9.12%


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.