rentAccording to Zillow, the online real estate database company founded by two former Microsoft executives, the numbers speak for themselves.  Data shows that U.S, renters spent a combined $441 billion on housing in 2014 with rents continuing to outpace incomes.

When looking at the 50 largest metros in the U.S. it is surprising to note that a comparison of average quantity renters paid per month ranked by city had San Jose, California leading the list with renters paying on average $1,807 per month.  The top 20 list of the most highly-priced metro areas for renters has four of the top five located in California with San Jose #1 ($1,807), San Francisco #2 (1,598) , San Diego #4 (1,362) and Los Angeles #5 ($1,308).  The only east coast city to break into the top five was Washington D.C. at number three at $1,428.

A complete list of the top 20:

Rank Metro Avg. MonthlyRent Payment Rank Metro Avg. Monthly Rent Payment
1 San Jose, CA $1,807 11 Denver, CO $1,066
2 San Francisco, CA $1,598 12 Baltimore, MD $1,047
3 Washington, DC $1,428 13 Sacramento, CA $1,029
4 San Diego, CA $1,362 14 Austin, TX $1,008
5 Los Angeles, CA $1,308 15 Chicago, IL $991
6 New York, NY $1,228 16 Portland, OR $977
7 Boston, MA $1,197 17 Virginia Beach, VA $949
8 Seattle, WA $1,154 18 Philadelphia, PA $936
9 Miami-Ft. Lauderdale, FL $1,127 19 Orlando, FL $931
10 Riverside, CA $1,075 20 Minneapolis-St. Paul, MN $927