The latest edition of L.A.'s Most Expensive Neighborhoods comes courtesy of rental site Zumper.

An analysis of listings on Zumper finds the usual suspects vying for the title of least affordable community in town.

The site's rundown runs contrary to reports by other listings sites, however: Zumper says L.A. rents are “increasingly more affordable in the short term” and that we're the ninth least affordable market among the 50 top metro areas in the United States.

A UCLA study last year concluded that Los Angeles has the least affordable rents in America. And other recent reports on L.A. rents conclude that they continue to rise.

Either way, the prices aren't pretty.
Downtown Santa Monica tops the list with a median one-bedroom price of $3,160. It was followed by Ocean Park in Santa Monica ($2,700), Venice ($2,560), Marina del Rey ($2,520) and downtown Los Angeles ($2,410).

It's mostly unsurprising.

However, we'd be a little wary of the data. Zumper Los Angeles only has about 7,500 apartments listed in Greater L.A., giving it a smaller database to work with than other sites.

Zumper says the median one-bedroom price for all of L.A. is $1,700. It says a two-bed is going for $2,500. It claims a one-bed monthly rent decrease in the area of 5.6 percent. 

The site's list also includes neighborhoods we've never heard of (Congress-Central?). And Mid-City ($2,370 for a one-bedroom) is listed as being more expensive than Beverly Hills ($2,000).

We're obviously skeptical, but the song remains the same: It's hard out here for a renter.

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