I know I live in one of the highest rent areas in the country, maybe one of the highest in the world, but I'm curious exactly how it compares - both with others in the same area and around the country/world. We're apartment hunting in Manhattan, NY now and it looks like our best offer is $1800 for 2 bedrooms, 1 bathroom. Not sure exact square footage but it's considered large for the city, one bedroom and the kitchen look quite big to me while the other rooms seem average and the closets downright stingy. And this is for an old fixer-upper type place. But when you're a couple with two little ones, you really need that extra bedroom and living space and if you have to choke yourself paying for it, so be it.