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Data: RENTCafé; Chart: Axios Visuals

Apartment rents fell this year in 10 of the nation's most expensive cities — like San Francisco, New York, Boston and Seattle — amidst a pronounced exodus by occupants, according to an analysis by RENTCafé, a search website.

  • Rental applications dropped 10% in 2020, according to the site.
  • The median income of renters — which rose in 2018 and 2019 — stagnated at $38,400, the same as last year.

By the numbers: For those who were lucky enough to have expiring leases or break existing ones, there was good news: The national average rent stayed at $1,465 instead of rising, per RENTCafé.

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Driving the news: Anyone “traveling, moving or returning to San Francisco from anywhere outside the Bay Area” will have to remain isolated for 10 days, Mayor London Breed announced on Thursday. The order will remain in place through at least Jan. 4.

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