You might have always dreamed of living in New York City. But can you afford it?

The Big Apple has the most expensive average rent in America, followed closely by Long Island (suburban New York City) and Washington, D.C.

Along with job availability and proximity to family and friends, cost of living is one of the first things most people consider when relocating. One of the biggest parts of the cost of living is the price of real estate in a particular area.

Using calculations from, we put together a comprehensive list of the average rent prices in 94 of America’s biggest cities. The average monthly one-bedroom rent ranges from $2,316 (New York) to $439 (Duluth, Minn.). If you’re looking for a bargain, stay away from the Northeast. Cities in the New York and Washington, D.C. metro areas accounted for eight of the top 10 most expensive average rents.

Here’s a look at the top 10: