Rentals in the Cities Where Renters Most Wish They Lived

The beauty of renting is the flexibility it affords renters to relocate – and they know exactly which cities they would like to call home.

Nashville and Raleigh both offer a low cost of living and temperate climate, which may account for their leading the list of cities renters most want to relocate to, according to Zillow Research data. Less affordable metros that offer booming job markets also make the list.

Here’s a look at rentals in the top 10 cities in the U.S. where surveyed renters want to move.

Nashville, TN

45 Vantage Way, Nashville, TN
For rent: $1,295/mo

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This modern 1-bedroom has all of the basics that renters want: updated appliances, granite countertops, charming hardwoods, and large walk-in closets. With its location just one mile from downtown Nashville, you might even be able to hear some of the city’s famous live music from your private balcony. Nashville is where 42.2 percent of surveyed renters most want to move.

See more rentals in Nashville.

Raleigh, NC

104 Dartmouth Rd, Raleigh, NC
For rent: $1,325/mo

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With a mid-century modern vibe, this 1-bedroom luxury apartment in Raleigh would be a perfect home for a renter – and 38.1 percent of those surveyed want to move here. The apartment features hardwood floors throughout, updated appliances, a subway tile backsplash in the kitchen, and an open-concept living area.

See more rental listings in Raleigh.

San Jose, CA

500 Race St, San Jose, CA
For rent: $2,430/mo

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There’s something charming about a traditional-style apartment right in the middle of one of the biggest tech cities in the country – the desired destination for 34 percent of surveyed renters. This 1-bedroom apartment features fluffy carpet and a kitchen with dark wood cabinets and granite countertops.

Find more rentals in San Jose.

San Francisco, CA

1390 Market St, San Francisco, CA
For rent: $2,617/mo

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This studio apartment in the heart of San Francisco offers sweeping views of the city without having to get out of bed. Though the apartment may be small, it contains high-end fixtures, floors, and appliances to make up for its lack of space. San Francisco is the destination of choice for 30.9 percent of surveyed renters.

Check out more rentals in San Francisco.

Denver, CO

1251 S Bellaire St, Denver, CO
For rent: $1,075/mo

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Cozy up to this hip Denver 1-bedroom apartment that features a white brick fireplace, hardwood floors, a ton of natural light, and an updated kitchen. Oh, and did we mention the apartment is pet-friendly – complete with a dog park? Of surveyed renters, 29.8 percent named Denver as the city they’d most like to move to.

See more rentals in Denver.

Portland, OR

555 NW Park Ave, Portland, OR
For rent: $1,395/mo

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This Portland studio is the industrial loft of your renter dreams, with exposed beams and pipes, a completely updated kitchen, and a large open space that you can organize as you see fit. Twenty-nine percent of surveyed renters would grab the chance to move to Portland.

Find a rental in Portland.

Austin, TX

300 West Ave, Austin, TX
For rent: $1,500/mo

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Modern Texas glamour is the best way to describe this apartment, which offers tall ceilings, a shimmering kitchen backsplash, granite countertops, concrete floors, and an open-concept living area. Austin is the destination of choice for 28.9 percent of surveyed renters.

Discover a new rental in Austin.

Salt Lake City, UT

2120 S Highland Dr, Salt Lake City, UT
For rent: $1,675/mo

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Classic yet modern, this 1-bedroom apartment checks all the boxes, with hardwood floors, a state-of-the-art kitchen, and a location in one of the oldest and most cherished neighborhoods in the city. Salt Lake City was 27.2 percent of surveyed renters’ top pick for their new home.

Check out more rentals in Salt Lake City.

New Orleans, LA

1315 S Jefferson Davis Pkwy, New Orleans, LA
For rent: $1,125/mo

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This 1-bedroom apartment is located in a former factory, but now it’s the perfect spot for a renter who loves industrial-style interiors and enjoys a cozy nook for a bedroom. For 27.1 percent of surveyed renters, New Orleans is the top spot they’d want to move.

Look for a rental in New Orleans.

Charlotte, NC

205 S Kings Dr, Charlotte, NC
For rent: $1,100/mo

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Located just steps from shopping and nightlife, this studio apartment provides loads of charm, with its hardwood floors, soaring ceilings, and a luxurious kitchen. And the building is oozing with amenities (including a dog spa). Charlotte is the destination of choice for 25.6 percent of surveyed renters.

Find a new rental in Charlotte.

Have questions about rentals? Check out our Renters Guide!

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