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You saved how much on rent by switching to Pierce County?

Traffic moves along Interstate 5 through Tacoma. It’s a long trek to Seattle from the Tacoma area, but the payoff can be cheaper rent for those willing to do it.
Traffic moves along Interstate 5 through Tacoma. It’s a long trek to Seattle from the Tacoma area, but the payoff can be cheaper rent for those willing to do it. Staff file, 2017

We hear a lot about people moving to Pierce County for our real estate prices, and here’s some more enticing news.

Lakewood offers the Tacoma-Seattle area’s cheapest rent on one-bedroom apartments, according to apartment rental website Zumper’s latest review.

Zumper listed Lakewood’s median one-bedroom apartment rates at $800 a month, the cheapest median in the area but up 3.9 percent since last month, the third-fastest growing rent rate in the area compared with last month.

Auburn was next on the list at $900, University Place at $910 and Puyallup at $970.

University Place had the largest yearly growth rate, up 12.3 percent over last year, and up 4.6 percent over last month, for its one-bedroom apartments.

Tacoma, Federal Way and Kent are where you begin to hit the $1,000-plus rent range for one-bedroom units. But you’re still saving by avoiding the epicenter of high rents in the heart of King County.

Bellevue and Seattle top the list of most-expensive one-bedroom apartments, at $1,960 and $1,910, respectively.

Debbie Cockrell: 253-597-8364, @Debbie_Cockrell

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