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The Median Rent in These 50 Cities Hit Hardest by Coronavirus

Cameron Huddleston
·7 min read
Mission Inn, Riverside, CA.
Mission Inn, Riverside, CA.

There’s no question that the coronavirus pandemic has threatened not only the physical health of Americans, but also their financial well-being. Since mid-March, more than 30 million Americans have lost jobs, leaving them without steady paychecks to pay bills.

One of the biggest bills many Americans have to pay each month is rent. Some renters got a little relief from the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act that was passed by Congress in late March. The CARES Act prevented property owners with federally backed mortgage loans from evicting tenants through July 25, 2020. Now that the deadline has passed, renters are dependent on individual state laws; some of which have suspended evictions.

But plenty of renters aren’t protected by temporary bans on evictions. And even those who are protected still are expected to pay rent.

Unfortunately, renters in cities hardest hit by the coronavirus could be struggling most to make monthly payments. The median monthly rent in the U.S. is $1,058, according to Census Bureau data. However, the median rent in 37 of the 50 hardest-hit cities is higher than the national median, a new GOBankingRates study found.

GOBankingRates used the Johns Hopkins Coronavirus Resource Center to find the 50 counties with the most confirmed cases of COVID-19 as of May 1, 2020. Then GOBankingRates identified the largest city in each of those counties and used Census Bureau data to find the median gross rent in those cities.

Find out what the median rent comes out to in the 50 places hit hardest by the coronavirus. The data will give you an idea of how much residents might struggle should they no longer have enough income to afford rent.

Last updated: Nov. 13, 2020

Aerial of Trenton New Jersey.
Aerial of Trenton New Jersey.

Mercer, New Jersey

  • Confirmed cases: 3,937

  • Largest city: Trenton

  • Population: 83,734

  • Median gross rent: $1,029

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Maricopa, Arizona
Maricopa, Arizona

Maricopa, Arizona

  • Confirmed cases: 3,972

  • Largest city: Phoenix

  • Population: 1,610,071

  • Median gross rent: $999

view of Nevada homes
view of Nevada homes

Clark, Nevada

  • Confirmed cases: 3,979

  • Largest city: Las Vegas

  • Population: 626,637

  • Median gross rent: $1,057

View of Riverside, California.
View of Riverside, California.

Riverside, California

  • Confirmed cases: 4,031

  • Largest city: Riverside

  • Population: 323,935

  • Median gross rent: $1,308

Gaithersburg, Maryland, USA - November 2, 2016: Daytime view of the Gaithersburg skyline reflecting on a pond along the Washingtonian waterfront.
Gaithersburg, Maryland, USA - November 2, 2016: Daytime view of the Gaithersburg skyline reflecting on a pond along the Washingtonian waterfront.

Montgomery, Maryland

  • Confirmed cases: 4,300

  • Largest city: Gaithersburg

  • Population: 67,529

  • Median gross rent: $1,697

Montgomery, Pennsylvania
Montgomery, Pennsylvania

Montgomery, Pennsylvania

  • Confirmed cases: 4,307

  • Largest city: Norristown

  • Population: 34,490

  • Median gross rent: $1,078

Washington's city street and post office tower at sunrise, Washington, DC, USA.
Washington's city street and post office tower at sunrise, Washington, DC, USA.

District of Columbia

  • Confirmed cases: 4,323

  • Largest city: Washington

  • Population: 684,498

  • Median gross rent: $1,487

FORT LAUDERDALE, FL - MAY: Tall life-sized bronze statue titled "Florida, a Seminole Girl" located at Stranahan Landing, directly across the New River from the Stranahan House as seen May 10, 2018.
FORT LAUDERDALE, FL - MAY: Tall life-sized bronze statue titled "Florida, a Seminole Girl" located at Stranahan Landing, directly across the New River from the Stranahan House as seen May 10, 2018.

Broward, Florida

  • Confirmed cases: 4,953

  • Largest city: Fort Lauderdale

  • Population: 178,783

  • Median gross rent: $1,224

Brockton is a city in Plymouth County, Massachusetts, United States; the population was 93,810 in the 2010 Census.
Brockton is a city in Plymouth County, Massachusetts, United States; the population was 93,810 in the 2010 Census.

Plymouth, Massachusetts

  • Confirmed cases: 5,083

  • Largest city: Brockton

  • Population: 95,426

  • Median gross rent: $1,088

Morristown is a town and county seat of Morris County, New Jersey, United States.
Morristown is a town and county seat of Morris County, New Jersey, United States.

Morris, New Jersey

  • Confirmed cases: 5,287

  • Largest city: Morristown

  • Population: 18,769

  • Median gross rent: $1,770

Aerial view of a boat dock at Metro Beach during the early spring in Macomb Michigan.
Aerial view of a boat dock at Metro Beach during the early spring in Macomb Michigan.

Macomb, Michigan

  • Confirmed cases: 5,513

  • Largest city: Warren

  • Population: 135,192

  • Median gross rent: $920

Downtown of Indianapolis by Indiana Central Canal.
Downtown of Indianapolis by Indiana Central Canal.

Marion, Indiana

  • Confirmed cases: 5,530

  • Largest city: Indianapolis

  • Population: 857,637

  • Median gross rent: $865

Massachusetts-Worcester
Massachusetts-Worcester

Worcester, Massachusetts

  • Confirmed cases: 5,550

  • Largest city: Worcester

  • Population: 185,195

  • Median gross rent: $1,064

Hartford Connecticut
Hartford Connecticut

Hartford, Connecticut

  • Confirmed cases: 5,601

  • Largest city: Hartford

  • Population: 123,628

  • Median gross rent: $959

Quincy is the largest city in Norfolk County, Massachusetts, United States.
Quincy is the largest city in Norfolk County, Massachusetts, United States.

Norfolk, Massachusetts

  • Confirmed cases: 5,896

  • Largest city: Quincy

  • Population: 94,121

  • Median gross rent: $1,447

Aerial View of Pier Village Long Branch.
Aerial View of Pier Village Long Branch.

Monmouth, New Jersey

  • Confirmed cases: 6,033

  • Largest city: Long Branch

  • Population: 30,611

  • Median gross rent: $1,290

An overhead view of the National Harbor development along the Potomac River in Oxon Hill, Prince George's County, Maryland taken during the development of the area in March 2013.
An overhead view of the National Harbor development along the Potomac River in Oxon Hill, Prince George's County, Maryland taken during the development of the area in March 2013.

Prince George's, Maryland

  • Confirmed cases: 6,043

  • Largest city: Bowie

  • Population: 58,368

  • Median gross rent: $1,885

Metairie Louisiana best weather
Metairie Louisiana best weather

Jefferson, Louisiana

  • Confirmed cases: 6,197

  • Largest city: Metairie

  • Population: 143,481

  • Median gross rent: $935

Seattle-Washington
Seattle-Washington

King, Washington

  • Confirmed cases: 6,207

  • Largest city: Seattle

  • Population: 708,823

  • Median gross rent: $1,496

Luxury apartment buildings in downtown Providence, Rhode Island, USA.
Luxury apartment buildings in downtown Providence, Rhode Island, USA.

Providence, Rhode Island

  • Confirmed cases: 6,290

  • Largest city: Providence

  • Population: 179,435

  • Median gross rent: $972

Aerial view of a residential subdivision in the suburbs of Houston, Texas consisting of water front homes and manicured landscaping.
Aerial view of a residential subdivision in the suburbs of Houston, Texas consisting of water front homes and manicured landscaping.

Harris, Texas

  • Confirmed cases: 6,356

  • Largest city: Houston

  • Population: 2,295,982

  • Median gross rent: $990

Toms River, New Jersey
Toms River, New Jersey

Ocean, New Jersey

  • Confirmed cases: 6,375

  • Largest city: Toms River

  • Population: 88,712

  • Median gross rent: $1,405

New Orleans, Louisiana USA - May 2, 2014: Typical southern style homes along Esplanade Avenue in New Orleans.
New Orleans, Louisiana USA - May 2, 2014: Typical southern style homes along Esplanade Avenue in New Orleans.

Orleans, Louisiana

  • Confirmed cases: 6,452

  • Largest city: New Orleans

  • Population: 389,648

  • Median gross rent: $973

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TROY, MI - SEPTEMBER 4, 2019: Rochester Villa Townhomes in troy, rochester road, michigan.
TROY, MI - SEPTEMBER 4, 2019: Rochester Villa Townhomes in troy, rochester road, michigan.

Oakland, Michigan

  • Confirmed cases: 7,267

  • Largest city: Troy

  • Population: 83,881

  • Median gross rent: $1,161

Connecticut New Haven
Connecticut New Haven

New Haven, Connecticut

  • Confirmed cases: 7,536

  • Largest city: New Haven

  • Population: 130,529

  • Median gross rent: $1,179

Newburgh is a city located in Orange County, New York, United States, 60 miles north of New York City.
Newburgh is a city located in Orange County, New York, United States, 60 miles north of New York City.

Orange, New York

  • Confirmed cases: 8,650

  • Largest city: Newburgh

  • Population: 28,282

  • Median gross rent: $1,107

A flock of sea gulls scattered along lynn beach in lynn massachusetts, in the background is the town of swampscott - Image.
A flock of sea gulls scattered along lynn beach in lynn massachusetts, in the background is the town of swampscott - Image.

Essex, Massachusetts

  • Confirmed cases: 8,673

  • Largest city: Lynn

  • Population: 93,617

  • Median gross rent: $1,130

Bridgeport, Connecticut
Bridgeport, Connecticut

Fairfield, Connecticut

  • Confirmed cases: 11,294

  • Largest city: Bridgeport

  • Population: 146,417

  • Median gross rent: $1,157

Landscape with Trees in Autumn Colors (Foliage), Hudson River, Houses and Blue Sky, Nyack, Rockland County, Hudson Valley, New York.
Landscape with Trees in Autumn Colors (Foliage), Hudson River, Houses and Blue Sky, Nyack, Rockland County, Hudson Valley, New York.

Rockland, New York

  • Confirmed cases: 11,708

  • Largest city: New City

  • Population: 34,652

  • Median gross rent: $1,485

New Brunswick is a city in Middlesex County, New Jersey, United States.
New Brunswick is a city in Middlesex County, New Jersey, United States.

Middlesex, New Jersey

  • Confirmed cases: 11,715

  • Largest city: New Brunswick

  • Population: 56,084

  • Median gross rent: $1,445

Panoramic View of Staten Island, New York City, United States.
Panoramic View of Staten Island, New York City, United States.

Richmond, New York

  • Confirmed cases: 11,752

  • Largest city: Staten Island

  • Population: 474,101

  • Median gross rent: $1,282

Photo of a street, at a residential district.
Photo of a street, at a residential district.

Miami-Dade, Florida

  • Confirmed cases: 12,063

  • Largest city: Miami

  • Population: 451,214

  • Median gross rent: $1,120

Paterson is the largest city in and the county seat of Passaic County, New Jersey, United States.
Paterson is the largest city in and the county seat of Passaic County, New Jersey, United States.

Passaic, New Jersey

  • Confirmed cases: 12,449

  • Largest city: Paterson

  • Population: 145,800

  • Median gross rent: $1,175

Downtown Newark skyline refection on the banks of the Passaic River.
Downtown Newark skyline refection on the banks of the Passaic River.

Union, New Jersey

  • Confirmed cases: 12,578

  • Largest city: Elizabeth

  • Population: 128,153

  • Median gross rent: $1,146

Pictured: Newark, New Jersey

11716, Boston - Massachusetts, Cities, Horizontal, US, USA, United States, america
11716, Boston - Massachusetts, Cities, Horizontal, US, USA, United States, america

Suffolk, Massachusetts

  • Confirmed cases: 12,890

  • Largest city: Boston

  • Population: 679,413

  • Median gross rent: $1,539

Newark is the most populous city in the U.
Newark is the most populous city in the U.

Essex, New Jersey

  • Confirmed cases: 13,682

  • Largest city: Newark

  • Population: 280,463

  • Median gross rent: $1,055

Cambridge is a city in Middlesex County, Massachusetts, and is a part of the Boston metropolitan area.
Cambridge is a city in Middlesex County, Massachusetts, and is a part of the Boston metropolitan area.

Middlesex, Massachusetts

  • Confirmed cases: 14,208

  • Largest city: Cambridge

  • Population: 115,665

  • Median gross rent: $2,071

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA dawn on the Schuylkill River at Boathouse Row.
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA dawn on the Schuylkill River at Boathouse Row.

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

  • Confirmed cases: 14,468

  • Largest city: Philadelphia

  • Population: 1,575,522

  • Median gross rent: $1,007

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"Water-shore of Jersey City on Hudson River, New Jersey".
"Water-shore of Jersey City on Hudson River, New Jersey".

Hudson, New Jersey

  • Confirmed cases: 14,916

  • Largest city: Jersey City

  • Population: 261,746

  • Median gross rent: $1,334

Hackensack, New Jersey, USA - April 14, 2018: Vintage Sears Roebuck department store.
Hackensack, New Jersey, USA - April 14, 2018: Vintage Sears Roebuck department store.

Bergen, New Jersey

  • Confirmed cases: 15,610

  • Largest city: Hackensack

  • Population: 44,381

  • Median gross rent: $1,390

Aerial view of Detroit downtown in morning.
Aerial view of Detroit downtown in morning.

Wayne, Michigan

  • Confirmed cases: 16,729

  • Largest city: Detroit

  • Population: 677,155

  • Median gross rent: $798

Residential street and living houses in New Rochelle, Westchester, at beautiful sunny day.
Residential street and living houses in New Rochelle, Westchester, at beautiful sunny day.

New York, New York

  • Confirmed cases: 20,121

  • Largest city: Manhattan

  • Population: 1,632,480

  • Median gross rent: $1,682

Finished Tract homes in Northern California.
Finished Tract homes in Northern California.

Los Angeles, California

  • Confirmed cases: 23,220

  • Largest city: Los Angeles

  • Population: 3,959,657

  • Median gross rent: $1,376

Yonkers, New York with the Hudson river in the foreground.
Yonkers, New York with the Hudson river in the foreground.

Westchester, New York

  • Confirmed cases: 28,970

  • Largest city: Yonkers

  • Population: 199,745

  • Median gross rent: $1,344

Smithtown, New York
Smithtown, New York

Suffolk, New York

  • Confirmed cases: 33,664

  • Largest city: Smithtown

  • Population: 26,298

  • Median gross rent: $1,448

Homes on Chatham Street in Village of Nassau NY
Homes on Chatham Street in Village of Nassau NY

Nassau, New York

  • Confirmed cases: 35,854

  • Largest city: Hempstead

  • Population: 55,399

  • Median gross rent: $1,403

Downtown Chicago Skyscraper Cityscape along the Chicago River.
Downtown Chicago Skyscraper Cityscape along the Chicago River.

Cook, Illinois

  • Confirmed cases: 36,513

  • Largest city: Chicago

  • Population: 2,718,555

  • Median gross rent: $1,077

Bronx New York neighborhood
Bronx New York neighborhood

Bronx, New York

  • Confirmed cases: 36,969

  • Largest city: Bronx

  • Population: 1,437,872

  • Median gross rent: $1,176

Brooklyn, New York Neighborhood at Sunset
Brooklyn, New York Neighborhood at Sunset

Kings, New York

  • Confirmed cases: 42,996

  • Largest city: Kings

  • Population: 2,600,747

  • Median gross rent: $1,374

Pictured: Brooklyn, which shares boundary lines with Kings County

This is a horizontal, color photograph of brick homes in the Astoria neighborhood of Queens, New York.
This is a horizontal, color photograph of brick homes in the Astoria neighborhood of Queens, New York.

Queens, New York

  • Confirmed cases: 50,304

  • Largest city: Queens

  • Population: 2,298,513

  • Median gross rent: $1,520

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Methodology: To find the median rent in the 50 cities hit hardest by the coronavirus, GOBankingRates first had to identify the hardest-hit cities in the United States. GOBankingRates looked at the Johns Hopkins Coronavirus Resource Center to find the 50 counties in the country with the most confirmed cases of COVID-19. Then, GOBankingRates pulled information from state and local government sites on the communities that make up each of the 50 hardest-hit counties. Using the U.S. Census Bureau’s 2018 American Community Survey five-year population estimates for “Places” in the U.S., GOBankingRates was able to identify the largest community in each of the 50 hardest-hit counties. GOBankingRates again used ACS data to find the median gross rent for occupied units in each city. Most of the largest communities in the counties identified by Johns Hopkins were classified as cities, but occasionally, a township, unincorporated area or place classified in some other way had the highest population. Places with no population data available from the ACS “Places” estimates were excluded. In the case of New York counties that are coterminous with the five boroughs of New York City, ACS “County” population and rent data were used. Data from the ACS on the median household income in each community is provided as supplemental information. All data was collected on and up to date as of May 1-4, 2020.

This article originally appeared on GOBankingRates.com: The Median Rent in These 50 Cities Hit Hardest by Coronavirus