Bang for Your Buck

This is what $1,500 a month gets Dallas renters right now

This is what $1,500 a month gets Dallas renters right now

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$1,500 a month in Dallas translates to about 1,210 square feet. Photo courtesy of RentCafe

In places such as New York City and San Francisco, rents are high and apartments are tiny. Dallas, on the other hand, is known for living large — but at what cost?

According to RentCafe, if you're shelling out $1,500 a month in Big D, you're luxuriating in 1,210 square feet of space. Put another way, that's $1.24 a square foot. The situation is better in Fort Worth, where you can get 1,389 square feet for the same rent ($1.08 per square foot), almost the same as San Antonio's 1,376 square feet.

As far as Texas is concerned, you'll get the least amount of space for your $1,500 in Austin (1,049 square feet, or $1.43 per square foot), while El Paso comes in at under a dollar a square foot. Houstonians can expect comfy living quarters at 1,271 square feet, or $1.18 per square foot.

In pricey New York City, $1,500 will most likely get you a measly 274-square-foot studio. The average rent there is closer to $4,031, but that only translates to about 727 square feet.

Rentals are the biggest in Memphis, Tennessee, where you can have 1,948 square feet for $1,500 a month. On average, though, renters tend to go for much smaller units that only cost around $700.