When I started looking for my first apartment in New York City, it took about 15 seconds to go from excited and optimistic to total panic. Because as I scoured listings on every site from Craigslist to Facebook Marketplace, it became more and more apparent that NYC and my budget just weren't meant to be.
So after subletting an overpriced room for about six months I moved across the Hudson River, where the change in zipcode opened up a lot more possibility.
The takeaway here? Where you live can have a big impact on how you live. And to outline just how much — or little — you can expect, Apartment List compiled a ranking of the average apartment size renters can get for $1,500 around the U.S.
Not surprisingly, NYC came in on the smaller end, with an average of 350 square feet for a $1,500 apartment. Here's how some other major cities stacked up.

Average Size of $1,500 Apartment (in Square Feet)

1. Indianapolis: 1,770
2. Detroit: 1,750
3. Las Vegas: 1,640
4. Jacksonville, Florida: 1,630
5. Atlanta: 1,610
6. Phoenix: 1,480
7. San Antonio: 1,480
8. Houston: 1,220
9. Baltimore: 1,090
10. Philadelphia: 1,030
11. (tie) Austin, Texas: 1,020
11. (tie) Dallas: 1,020
12. Chicago: 890
13. Portland, Oregon: 870
14. Denver: 840
15. Seattle: 620
16. Los Angeles: 560
17. Washington, D.C.: 510
18. Boston: 470
19. NYC: 350
20. San Francisco: 340
To put those numbers into perspective, Indianapolis residents can enjoy two or three bedrooms, while San Francisco and NYC renters are looking at a studio. So if you've been itching to make a move, you may want to consider where your rental dollars can go the furthest.