County rents among state's highest

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The median rent in Johnson County is higher than nearly every county in the state.

At $663 a month, the county’s median rent falls below only three counties in the state: Hamilton, Hendricks and Porter. The numbers are based on an average from 2006 to 2011 from the U.S. Census Bureau. As with other central Indiana communities, Johnson County’s proximity to Indianapolis, Columbus and other populated areas attracts people looking for jobs leading to a higher demand and, in turn, higher rents, experts said.

The median rate is high, but how much residents pay depends on where they live because prices vary widely in different parts of the county, local landlords say. For example, the Center Grove area — with steeper property values and closer proximity to Indianapolis — often has higher rents than other areas of the county.

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