L.A. is a city that thrives on attracting young professionals and retirees who are looking for homes to call home.
But it is also home to some of the priciest housing markets in the country, with average rents soaring more than 30% between 2014 and 2020.
In Los Angeles, a median rent for a one-bedroom apartment was $2,749 in 2015, up 17% from $1,965 in 2014.
That was nearly $6,000 more than the national median rent of $2.16.
In L.C., the median rent was $1.2 million in 2015.
That is up more than $2 a month from the national average of $1 (and up more $1 from the median in San Diego).
And in San Francisco, the median apartment rent was nearly 10% higher than the statewide average in 2015 at $1.,818.
But the average rent in the Bay Area in 2016 was only $1 per square foot.
In some parts of the country the rent increases are much higher, such as in San Jose, California, where rents for a three-bedroom were up nearly 50% in just four years.
And in Atlanta, rents for two-bedroom apartments are now up more at more than 80%.
In many of these cities, the rent hikes are concentrated among the upper end of the income spectrum.
According to the American Housing Survey, the typical rental unit in the Los Angeles metropolitan area rents for about $1 more per square feet.
In San Francisco that number is about $2 more.
The average price of a one bedroom in Los Angeles was $7,750 in 2016, a 19% increase from the $5,200 average in 2014 and a 22% increase over the $4,400 average in San Antonio.
The median price of the apartment in San Luis Obispo was $3,900 in 2016.
That price is almost $20,000 higher than in 2014, when it was about $4 per square inch.
And the median price in San Marcos was up more in the past four years to about $6 per square in 2016 from about $5 in 2014 to about 11 per square.
The price of two-bedrooms in Los Angles in 2016 ranged from $3.3 million to $4.5 million, a 25% increase in three years.
The average price was about 17% higher.
In the San Diego metropolitan area, the average one bedroom apartment rent rose nearly 18% in the last four years, from $2 per square to $3 per square a year ago.
And rent for two bedrooms jumped from $735 a month to $945 a month.
In San Francisco the average apartment rent increased from $5.4 to $6.2 per year.
But in San Mateo County, it was up from $4 to about 12 per square and in Marin County it was slightly down from $6 to about 14 per square last year.
In Portland, Oregon, the rents for the median two bedroom apartment in 2016 were $4 more than a year earlier.
The median price was $638 a month in 2015 and $856 a month last year, according to the survey.
In other parts of North America, there is less price variation between the metro areas.
In New York, the city of Manhattan rents for more than double the national rate in 2016 and a third of that in San Bernardino County, which is about one-quarter of the U.S. median income.
In Calgary, Alberta, the prices of two bedroom apartments were almost 20% higher in 2016 than a decade ago, according the survey, which also found that rents in the city were up by 30% from the year before.
In Vancouver, British Columbia, the market for one bedroom apartments increased by about 12% from a decade earlier, the survey found.
And in Calgary, rents were up about 30% more than they were in San Joaquin County, California.
In Ottawa, Canada, rents in Vancouver and the surrounding areas were up slightly in 2016 compared with a decade before, but they were still about the same as in 2010.
In Toronto, rents went up by about 14% between 2010 and 2016, compared with about 20% in Calgary.
In Edmonton, Alberta the price of one bedroom increased by nearly 15% between 2008 and 2016 compared to the year prior.
The market was similar in the rest of the city.
In Montreal, Quebec, the cost of a two bedroom was up about 20%, from $825 to $830 a month, according in the survey published on Tuesday.
In Seattle, the price for a two- bedroom rose by more than 40% in Seattle over the past decade.
And rents in that city were nearly 16% higher over the same period than a few years ago.
In Sydney, Australia, the one bedroom rent increased by 25% from 2010 to 2016.
And a median price for two