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Central Raleigh

A Raleigh Neighborhood


Central Raleigh is the heart of the city, so if you want to live here, you have to be ready to participate in the action! A favorite activity among locals is the Raleigh Farmers Market, where you can come to purchase fresh produce and many other local goods. Walk along the beautiful streets and visit one of the numerous bars and restaurants In the area. Some of this area’s active nightlife comes from St. Augustine’s College, located in the Oakwood neighborhood within Central Raleigh. If you’re looking for something a little quieter, there are a number of museums as well, including the North Carolina Museum of History and the Marbles Kids Museum. This area is characterized by the collision of the old and the new. It’s not unusual to see high-rise lofts standing in harmony beside early 19th century buildings. Central Raleigh is also incredibly walkable and ideal for someone without a vehicle.

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May Rent Report

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

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

Monthly Rent Report

Raleigh Rent Prices Increase From April to May

Raleigh rent prices increased over the last month. From April to May, the city experienced a 2.23% increase for the price of a one-bedroom apartment. The rent price for a Raleigh one-bedroom apartments currently stands at $1,101.0.

When we take a look at the two-bedroom comparison from April to May, Raleigh experienced a 0.84% increase for the price of a two-bedroom apartment. The rent price for a Raleigh two-bedroom apartments currently stands at $1,320.0.

May Prices: Raleigh vs. Surrounding Areas

Rent Prices in Raleigh and Surrounding Areas

Rent prices have increased in Raleigh over the last month. But how have the surrounding areas fared when it comes to the recent volatility in apartment prices? Rent prices in 0 of the Raleigh suburbs increased last month. On the other hand, 7 local areas experienced a decrease in the price of a one-bedroom apartment.

More key findings include:

  • Rents did not increase in any of the Raleigh suburbs

  • Rent decreased in Cary, NC, Morrisville, NC, Apex, NC, Garner, NC, Wake Forest, NC, Clayton, NC, Fuquay-Varina, NC.

  • 2 suburbs are currently priced higher than the city of Raleigh.

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

May 2020 Pricing Trends: Raleigh vs. National Comparisons

Raleigh Rent Prices More Affordable Than Major Cities

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

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

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

Data set for Raleigh and suburbs

1 BR May 1 BR M/M % Change 2 BR May 2 BR M/M % Change
Raleigh, NC $1,077.0 3.36% $1,309.0 2.19%
Cary, NC $1,079.0 -0.19% $1,272.0 0.32%
Morrisville, NC $1,026.0 -0.39% $1,281.0 0.47%
Apex, NC $1,213.0 -0.08% $1,470.0 -0.20%
Garner, NC $1,057.0 -2.31% $1,223.0 0.33%
Wake Forest, NC $1,221.0 -1.21% $1,390.0 0.94%
Clayton, NC $1,004.0 -0.40% $1,192.0 -0.08%
Fuquay-Varina, NC $1,088.0 -0.64% $1,366.0 1.04%


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.