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Rent envy: Find inexpensive deals in these cities

July 30, 2013 at 12:13 PM ET

Kansas City isn’t just topping charts for its barbecue this summer — it’s also where renters can get the most for their money. According to Zillow’s latest analysis, Kansas City is one of 10 big cities offering the best combination of:

  • Current rental prices
  • Price per square foot
  • Low year-over-year changes in cost of rent
  • Low cost of rent compared with the cost of buying a home

If you’re looking to rent, this could mean the difference between a 2-bedroom with a private patio and a 500-square-foot studio. And for prospective buyers facing the current rise in home values and low for-sale inventory, renting in one of these cities may present an attractive alternative. Here’s a look at homes for rent in the top 10 places where you can get the biggest bang for your buck.

No. 10: Milwaukee, Wis.

Milwaukee, Wis.
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1922 N. 52nd St., Milwaukee, Wis.

For rent: $1,500 per month

  • Specs: 1,145 square feet, 2 bedrooms, 1.25 baths
  • Extras: Professional landscaping, outdoor living space, laundry, 2-car detached garage
New Orleans, La.
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No. 9: New Orleans, La.

2435 Conti St., New Orleans, La. 70119

For rent: $1,000 per month

  • Specs: 1,270 square feet, 3 bedrooms, 1 bath
  • Extras: Close proximity to grocery stores and hospitals, patio, yard
Columbus, Ohio
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No. 8: Columbus, Ohio

5536 Gabriels Landing Dr., Galloway, Ohio 43119

For rent: $997 per month

  • Specs: 1,300 square feet, 3 bedrooms, 2 baths
  • Extras: Laundry, patio, 1-car garage, small pets allowed

No. 7: Fresno, Calif.

Fresno, Calif.
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4265 W. Princeton Ave., Fresno, Calif.

For rent: $945 per month

  • Specs: 972 square feet, 2 bedrooms, 1 bath
  • Extras: Covered patio, 2-car garage, cats allowed

No. 6: Tucson, Ariz.

Tuscon, Ariz.
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750 E. Irvington Road, Tucson, Ariz.

For rent: $715+ per month

  • Specs: 875 square feet, 2 bedrooms, 2 baths
  • Extras: Pets allowed, shared pool and spa, fitness center

No. 5: Virginia Beach, Va.

Virginia Beach, Va.
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1642 High Plains Dr., Virginia Beach, Va. 23464

For rent: $1,450 per month

  • Specs: 1,349 square feet, 3 bedrooms, 2 baths
  • Extras: Jetted tub, entertainment center, lake view

No. 4: Las Vegas, Nev.

Las Vegas, Nev.
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5904 Briar Rose Lane, Las Vegas, Nev.

For rent: $1,050 per month

  • Specs: 1,500 square feet, 3 bedrooms, 2 baths
  • Extras: 2-car garage, laundry, backyard patio

No. 3: El Paso, Texas

El Paso, Texas
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3712 Trina, El Paso, Texas

For rent: $950 per month

  • Specs: 1,390 square feet, 3 bedrooms, 2 baths
  • Extras: Fireplace

No. 2: Wichita, Kan.

Wichita, Kan.
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13115 E. Laguna St., Wichita, Kan.

For rent: $950 per month

  • Specs: 900 square feet, 1 bedroom, 1 bath
  • Extras: Utilities included, garage, neighborhood pool access

No. 1: Kansas City, Mo.

Kansas City offers the best combination of rental prices and low cost of rent compared with buying a home.
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Kansas City offers the best combination of rental prices and low cost of rent compared with buying a home. Rent this 1,371-square-foot home for $1,100 a month.

1909 N.W. 82nd Terrace, Kansas City, Mo.

For rent: $1,100 per month

  • Specs: 1,371 square feet, 2 bedrooms, 2.5 baths
  • Extras: Partially finished basement, cedar deck, professionally landscaped yard

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