According to a recent Rent.com national survey, Americans would be most excited to bump into Jennifer Aniston in their home town, with 34% of the vote. Second is the goofy Jimmy Fallon, who came in 17%–only narrowly beating the short-tempered Chef Gordon Ramsay, at 16%. Other than the obvious NYC and LA, where should you live if you want to live in a celebrity-sighting city? Rent.com lists the country’s star-studded celebrity cities, along with average rent you can expect to pay in each*:
1. Wilmington, North Carolina
Wilmington has earned the title of “Hollywood East,” having served as the filming site of over 300 movies and TV shows. Classic Wilmington-filmed shows and flicks include “Weekend at Bernie’s,” “Nights in Rodanthe,” “Cape Fear,” “Matlock,” “Dawson’s Creek” and “One Tree Hill.” Celebrities continue to flock to the charming coastal town to live and star in new shows and movies.
Average rent in Wilmington: $943
2. Boston, Massachusetts
Boston has provided the backdrop for hit films including “The Departed,” “Good Will Hunting,” “The Parent Trap,” “The Thomas Crown Affair,” and iconic TV shows including “Ally McBeal,” and of course, “Cheers.” Catch your favorite celebrities in Boston not just on set, but exploring the city’s rich history in Back Bay, watching the Red Sox or New England Patriots play, or walking in beautiful Boston Common, the country’s oldest public park.
Average rent in Boston: $2,323
3. Austin, Texas
Austin is loved by celebrities, who visit and live in the city to enjoy the unique, creative culture and the thriving film industry. Stars flock to Austin not only to star in films and TV shows, but also to enjoy the indie music scene and attend leading entertainment industry events including South By Southwest, Austin City Limits and the Austin Film Festival.
Average rent in Austin: $1,288
4. Chicago, Illinois
Chicago, one of the country’s most popular cities for films, TV shows, and sports, is one of the best cities for celebrity sightings. The Windy City is home to some of the most popular and memorable American movies since the 80s, including “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off,” “Home Alone” and “The Dark Knight.” Current TV shows set and filmed in Chicago include “Happy Endings,” “The Good Wife,” “Shameless” and “Chicago Fire,” among others. The city is also popular with star comedians, who come to enjoy and star in improve theater.
Average rent in Chicago: $1,566
5. Seattle, Washington
Seattle may be best known for its plethora of coffee shops, indie music scene and rainy weather, but it is also one of the most popular cities for celebrities. The Emerald City is home to the sets of budget blockbusters, indie films and TV shows, a music scene that includes everything from jazz (Kenny G) to hip hop (Macklemore).
Average rent in Seattle: $1,736
6. New Orleans, Lousiana
New Orleans, known as “Hollywood South,” attracts celebrities who love the charming city for the great films produced there — tax breaks are offered to the entertainment industry – and the unique culture. Celebrities like Brad Pitt and Angelina Joe, Sandra Bullock, Harry Connick Jr. have made the Big Easy their home, while others flock for Mardi Gras, Jazz Fest and to enjoy the French Creole food, live jazz and Southern culture.
Average rent in New Orleans: $1,137
7. Miami, Florida
Miami is a top celebrity destination, with star-studded events around the year including Art Basel Miami Beach, Ultra Music Festival, South Beach Food & Wine Festival and Mercedes Benz Swim Week. In addition, Miami’s famed beaches, five-star hotels, nightclubs and celebrity-chef owned restaurants make the city a celebrity playground.
Average rent in Miami: $1,859
8. Atlanta, Georgia
Atlanta, the epicenter of the hip hop recording industry, is home to artists and personalities including T.I., Usher, Ludacris, Janet Jackson, Young Jeezy, to name just a few. As the headquarters for Turner Broadcasting, Atlanta is also home to major networking including CNN, Cartoon Network, TBS, Tyler Perry Studios, many of which film shows in the city. The A has also become a top city for filming everything from the zombie-blockbuster show “The Walking Dead” to the upcoming “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire.”
Average rent in Atlanta: $1,142
Honolulu is one of the best cities to spot celebrities, attracting stars year-round with its Polynesian climate, luxury resorts and high-end restaurants and as the gateway to the smaller islands of Hawaii. From the President to reality show starlets, Honolulu welcomes celebrities with its beaches…and the opportunity for a photo opp, if they’re so inclined.
Average rent in Honolulu: $1,748
10. Las Vegas, Nevada
Las Vegas, seen from space, is one of the brightest cities on earth – so it’s no surprise that it’s always full of stars. Celebrities are seen in Las Vegas frequently, enjoying the shopping, gambling, entertainment, fine dining and lavish hotels and hot weather year-round.
Average rent in Las Vegas: $1,006