Rent costs in San Mateo vary significantly between neighborhoods.
Now you can see just how pricey renting is, and how those costs compare neighborhood-by-neighborhood.
A new data-based website, Rich Blocks, Poor Blocks uses U.S. census information compiled from the 2007-2011 American Community Survey to show median household income and monthly rents by census tract.
The median rent was priciest in the blocks surrounding Peninsula Golf & Country Club. The average was $1,931 in 2011 dollars, according to Census data.
It was also high—$1,755 to $1,764—in the neighborhoods closest to the bay, near Mariners Point Golf Center.
The rents in the neighborhoods between El Camino Real and Alameda De La Pulga plunged, ranging from $1,216 to $1,402 a month.
See more on the map above. The lighter the color, the cheaper the rent. The white areas show where rents in several San Mateo Census tracts weren't reported.
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Don't expect it to get any cheaper to live here. An MSN Real Estate article published this spring named the 10 cities where rents will rise most this year. Nearby San Jose and San Francisco were the only California cities to make the list.
In San Francisco, the effective rent at end of 2012 was $1,970, a 5.7 percent increase from the year prior, and the forecasted effective rent growth in 2013 is 5.2 percent.
In San Jose, the effective rent at end of 2012 was $1,616, a 5.4 percent increase from 2011. The forecasted effective rent growth in 2013 is 5.3 percent, according to MSN Real Estate.
The average rent in California is $1,185 a month according to the 2007-2011 American Community Survey. Statewide middle rental-range is $996.00 to $1,193.00.
To see the data mapped out census tract by census tract, visit the Rich Block, Poor Blocks website.