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Want to save on your rent? Move one Metro stop.

(Benjamin C. Tankersley for The Washington Post)
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Expensive rents are a given in the Washington region, but RentHop, an apartment listing and rental information site, recently analyzed the average rent for a one-bedroom apartment near the 91 Metro stops to see where housing costs are rising and falling.

Overall, rents in the region are up 2.6 percent since last year, but at 19 Metro stops the average rent dropped, in part because of the addition of new apartments.

Rents dropped in the neighborhood surrounding the Navy Yard station, Fort Totten, Union Station, NoMa-Gallaudet, Spring Hill in Tysons and Rhode Island Avenue — all areas with new development. While many newly built apartments have high rents, the existing apartments sometimes lower their rent in the face of new competition.

On the other hand, rents rose by as much as 11 percent near the Franconia-Springfield station and by 10 percent near the Foggy Bottom-GWU and Congress Heights stations. It was also up 8 or 9 percent near McPherson Square, Cleveland Park and Georgia Avenue-Petworth.

If you think D.C. has the most expensive rents in the nation, it’s not a far stretch

One of the most interesting charts developed by RentHop is the difference in average rent by switching just one Metro stop. Here’s a look at it:

Save $728 by moving from East Falls Church ($2,248) to West Falls Church ($1,520) on the Orange/Silver Line.

 Save $593 by moving from Morgan Boulevard ($1,575) to Addison Road ($983) on the Blue/Silver Line.

Save $499 by moving from Eastern Market ($2,320) to Potomac Avenue ($1,821) on the Orange/Blue/Silver Line.

Save $475 by moving from the U Street ($2,350) to Columbia Heights ($1,875) on the Yellow/Green Line.

Save $453 by moving from Georgia Avenue ($1,828) to Fort Totten ($1,375) on the Yellow/Green Line.

Save $445 by moving from L’Enfant Plaza ($2,495) to the Waterfront ($2,050) on the Green Line.

For the full study and map, visit

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