NEW YORK CITY — It's the great New York dream — an apartment to yourself, free of roommates.
But where can you actually find one?
If the idea of sharing with roommates has gotten old and you don't make the $130,000 needed to rent the average Manhattan apartment solo, finding your own pad might seem an elusive fantasy.
But don't fret — we've created this tool to help give you a personalized look at where you can afford a place by yourself. Just enter your salary and we'll show you which neighborhoods to start apartment hunting in.
Here's how it works: using StreetEasy's March 2016 median asking rent data for studios, one bedrooms, and all apartment types, we'll compare your salary to see if it's equal to 40 times the neighborhood's monthly rent, which is what most landlords require a potential renter to earn in order to be eligible for an apartment.
An important caveat: StreetEasy's data, while very comprehensive, does not include neighborhoods with insufficient rental information. This includes large parts of Brooklyn, Queens, and Staten Island. Because of this, you shouldn't consider your results definitive. Think of it as more of a starting point for your apartment search.
We'll update this every month with the newest data when it becomes available.