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Benjamin ‘Benilda’ Key:

August 11, 2022

Cities where rent is affordable in LGBTQ friendly states.


As a trans woman I am growing increasingly uncomfortable with the current political climate in the United States. Anti-trans legislation is becoming increasingly common in the United States; see Legislation Affecting LGBTQ Rights Across the Country and Nearly 240 anti-LGBTQ bills filed in 2022 so far, most of them targeting trans people for details. In addition, rent is going up significantly where I live, which is in Austin, Texas. Therefore, I am considering moving once my current lease is up.

The question is where. I would prefer to move to a city where rent is affordable, government policies are friendly towards LGBTQ people, and the Democratic party is the dominant political party. Therefore, I did some research and I am sharing my results for anyone who is interested.


I used the following web pages to gather my information.


The following table shows the population, average rent, and dominant political party at the state level for several cities in the United States.

City Population Avg. Studio Rent Avg. 1BR Rent Avg. 2BR Rent Political Party
Grand Forks, ND 55,839 $676 $800 $890 Republican
Fargo, ND 124,662 $626 $826 $936 Republican
Winston-Salem, NC 247,945 $1,026 $1,123 $1,373 Republican
Des Moines, IA 214,237 $904 $1,221 $1,393 Republican
Erie, PA 95,508 $975 $1,270 $1,400 Republican
Albuquerque, NM 560,513 $923 $1,165 $1,412 Democratic
Pittsburgh, PA 300,286c $1,415 $1,548 $1,586 Republican
Richmond, VA 230,436 $1,194 $1,372 $1,661 Republican
Blaine, MN 65,607 $1,208 $1,469 $1,682 Democratic
Milwaukee, WI 590,157 $1,153 $1,295 $1,726 Republican
Columbus, OH 898,553 $1,290 $1,507 $1,728 Republican

Based on these results I am currently considering a move to Albuquerque, NM, although I am tempted by the low rents in Grand Forks, ND.