Lock the doors, pull the curtains tight, and turn on all the lights in your apartment! Friday the 13th is here and won’t come around again until next February. While this blog won’t be filled with scary tales pulled from the latest thriller movie, it will provide you with some frighteningly awesome facts about how cool it is to live in an apartment. Without further ado, here are 13 fast facts about apartment living as we celebrate 2016’s one and only Friday the 13th!
Fact #1: In the US, nearly 38 million people choose to lead the apartment lifestyle. That’s more than the entire population of Canada! Anyone feel like singing “O’Apartments…?” Source: weareapartments.org
Fact #2: There are over 20 million apartment homes in the U.S. If you stacked them all on top of one another, you could reach the International Space Station 122 times…with a really awesome elevator, of course. Source: weareapartments.org
Fact #3: At a whopping $4,690 per month, San Francisco, CA has the the highest average rent in the U.S. Break that out into pennies and your rent would weigh more than two full-grown elephants. * Source – ApartmentList
Fact #4: Nashville, TN has the fastest growing rent rate in the nation, with an average 9% increase over the past year. If that rate increase continues, you’ll need to score a recording contract à la Taylor Swift, just to keep up with the cost of living. Source – ApartmentList
Fact #5: The smallest apartments in the U.S. are located in the Big Apple. These less than 100 square foot spaces are small by some people’s standards, but they make up for their micro size with their amazing location and superb walkability in the city that never sleeps! Source – NY Post
Fact #6: To find the oldest continuously rented apartments in the U.S., you’ll have to travel down to the Big Easy, aka New Orleans. On two sides of New Orleans’ famous Jackson Square, the Pontalba Buildings were built starting in the late 1840’s and still include original design features, like sconces modeled after gas lantern medallions. Source – upperpontabla.org
Fact #7: With more than 65,000 students, the University of Central Florida has the highest undergrad student population of any major university in the U.S. Many of these students live on campus or in one of the many apartment communities that surround the campus. Talk about a lively apartment social scene!
Fact #8: As demographics go, the largest number of people living in apartments are those who are under the age of 30. However, the fastest growing segment goes to the Baby Boomers who are choosing to downsize in retirement and to live closer to family. Source – National Multi-Family Housing Council
Fact #9: Apartment living and the apartment industry is vital to the success of the U.S. economy. More than 12 million jobs are supported by apartment communities, totaling an economic income of $1.3 trillion dollars. Source – weareapartments.org
Fact #10: Looking for a unique amenity in your apartment community? One of the best apartment perks in the U.S. is Emmy the bulldog, who lives at 2M Apartments in Washington, D.C. According to management, Emmy the bulldog is, “Available to take walks with our residents in the dog park, fetch a few hugs, kisses and belly rubs, and host community yappy hours.” Source – 2M Apartments
Fact #11: The average commute time for U.S. workers is 25 minutes (one way). But in NYC, you can expect to spend an average of 6 hours, 18 minutes per week commuting. Ready for an apartment closer to the office? Source – The Cheat Sheet
Fact #12: The tallest tower in the U.S. where you can rent an apartment is at Aqua in Chicago. The 84-story behemoth comes with lots of amenities, but the view is one amenity we can’t stop raving about. Source – CBS News