There used to be a big price difference between Colorado and California. Even during the recent gas price spike, every day that we couldn't believe the price we were paying here in Colorado, Californians were often spending at least $1 more per gallon.

When it comes to renting a three-bedroom single-family home, Boulder is not far behind what Californians in similar-sized cities are paying according to Dwellsy.

Boulder came in number 8 on the list of small cities that had the most expensive January 2023 asking rent for three-bedroom single-family homes. The median listed for Boulder is $2795. However, most of the rental houses I found available in Boulder were far more expensive than this. Like this home available for $3500 per month.

Naples-Marco Island, Florida, was listed as the most expensive small city with a median asking price of $3,848 per month. The next several spots belong to cities in California.

This table shows which small cities had the most expensive January 2023 asking rent for three-bedroom single-family homes according to Dwellsy.


Metropolitan Statistical Area

Median Three-Bedroom Single- Family Home January 2023 Asking Rent

Change in Rent Since January 2022


Naples-Marco Island, FL

 $         3,848

- 13.5%


Santa Barbara, CA

 $         3,650

+ 35.4%


Oxnard-Thousand Oaks, CA

 $         3,500

+ 7.9%


Salinas, CA

 $         3,450

- 1.4%


San Luis Obispo, CA

 $         3,300

+ 13.8%


Santa Rosa, CA

 $         3,200

+ 8.5%


Boulder, CO

 $         2,795

+ 9.6%


Bozeman, MT

 $         2,700

~ 0.0%


North Port-Bradenton, FL

 $         2,685

- 0.6%


Vallejo-Fairfield, CA

 $         2,650

- 4.5%

For big cities, the top spot for the most expensive median rental price is $4100 a month in Los Angeles. San Jose is in second place.

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