Anyone who's ever gone hunting for an affordable apartment in New York City knows it's about as fun as dental work -- without the anesthesia. So it may come as some surprise that the New York metropolitan area rents are not the highest in the U.S
. New York didn't even make the top five, according to the U.S. Census Bureau's 2009 American Community Survey, released last week. No. 1 on the list is the San Jose, Calif. area, with a gross median rent
of $1,414 per month; San Francisco was second and Washington, D.C., came in third. For the New York area, which includes northern New Jersey and Long Island, the median gross rent was $1,125 per month; for New York City on its own, it was $1,086. The survey, however, didn't specify whether that money got one a large closet, a small studio or an extremely unpromising one-bedroom.
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