Fort Worth is more than just a Dallas suburb. "Cowtown" is a laid-back city with a relaxed vibe, and living here will make you feel like a true Texan. Here are some tips for finding the best apartments in Fort Worth:

The basics
The cost of living in Fort Worth is 11 percent less than the national average. Many people who work in Dallas choose to live in Fort Worth – rentals prices here average about $900 across all rental types. A one-bedroom costs an average of $860 per month, while a two-bedroom here will cost approximately $1,175 on average. Fort Worth really is an excellent city for young people – a recent survey of 900 young professionals here revealed that 92 percent were happy living and working in Fort Worth, a place that "works like a city but acts like a town."

The neighborhoods

  • Downtown: You'll be in the heart of it all and close to the best restaurants and nightlife. You can expect to pay a bit more for rentals compared to outlying neighborhoods.
  • Fairmount/Ryan Place/Magnolia: These up-and-coming areas have a mix of old craftsman-style homes, large manors and apartment living. Magnolia Street is the best in the city for ethnic food.
  • Forest Park/TCU/West Cliff: These neighborhoods are close to/part of Texas Christian University, but they aren't too rowdy. In fact, you'll find a mix of single family homes and apartments with young families, seniors and students.

Insider tips
Be prepared for extreme heat in Fort Worth – it averages 40 days per year of temperatures above 100! Stay hydrated and have plenty of sunscreen on hand. If you're looking for a relaxed vibe, Fort Worth is the opposite of flashy Dallas. The restaurants serve up no-fuss good barbecue and things are as casual as they get in a moderately sized city.

Also, Dallas and Fort Worth have a healthy rivalry, so be prepared to defend your new city!

Indiana's capital is known for hosting the Indy 500, and it's also a city with plenty of culture, including many monuments and memorials – in fact, only Washington, D.C., has more. Here are some excellent tips for your hunt for apartments in Indianapolis:

The scoop
If you're moving to Indianapolis, you've hit the jackpot regarding rental prices, cost of living and tax rates – Indiana has some of the lowest among major U.S. metropolitan areas. Additionally, the vacancy rate is the third highest in the nation at around 6 percent, and the average price of an apartment across all rental types is around $700 per month. For a one-bedroom, you can expect to pay an average of $590 per month, and a two-bedroom costs an average of $700 per month – These are stunningly inexpensive prices for a city with more than 800,000 people.

A car is necessary to live in Indianapolis, and traffic moves pretty quickly here. Even if you choose to live on the city's edges but you work downtown, you'll likely have no trouble getting to work.

The neighborhoods
Indianapolis is divided into six cultural districts that contain historic homes, as well as many other diverse neighborhoods. Here are some of the best for young professionals:

  • Downtown: Downtown Indianapolis is the business district, and it's a cosmopolitan area that provides everything you'd expect in a big city, but with plenty of natural beauty, too.
  • Fletcher Place/Wholesale District/Fountain Square: These historic neighborhoods offer a mix of residential homes and high-rises, as well as cafes, art galleries and music venues.
  • Bates-Hendricks: For a dose of outdoor fun, move to Bates-Hendricks, a few miles south of the city center, for access to great parks and biking trails.
  • Broad Ripple Village: The motto here is "We're open if you are." Broad Ripple Village is one of the designated cultural districts – it's socially, economically and ethnically diverse and includes art galleries, specialty shops and boutiques. Broad Ripple is located six miles north of downtown.

Insider tips
Like the rest of the Midwest, Indianapolis has a humid continental climate, meaning there's great variability in the temperatures here. The cost of living is a stunning 9.4 percent below the U.S. average, which isn't typical for a city of its size. Additionally, be prepared for a lot of watch changes – Indianapolis is in the Eastern time zone, but the south- and northwestern corners of the state are, oddly, part of the central time zone.

The sprawling northeastern Florida city of Jacksonville is the largest in the contiguous U.S. by area – it covers a whopping 885 square miles. So if you're looking for apartments in Jacksonville, you have a lot of ground to cover. Here are some tips for making the most of your search:

The basics
Jacksonville has the highest vacancy rate in the country, at more than 8 percent. It also has one of the lowest employment growth rates in the country, so if you're lucky enough to snag a job here, the city is your oyster – it's a renters' market, for sure. Average rent is around $800 per month here. A one-bedroom apartments averages $670 per month and a two-bedroom averages around $825. The cost of living in Jacksonville is slightly lower than the national average, but you'll definitely need a car if you live here. It can get very humid in the summer here as well, so moving in the winter, when temperatures have cooled down, is a good option.

The neighborhoods
Jacksonville has too many neighborhoods to count! The costs vary by location, as do the landscapes: You can live in a rural area, in the heart of the city, near the beach or in a more suburban setting – you'll find it all in Jacksonville. Here are some of the neighborhoods that are most appealing to young professionals, most of them near the city's center:

  • Downtown Jacksonville: This is the business part of town, but you'll still find some nice apartments and lofts right on St. John's River.
  • Eastside: This lively area is where the Jaguars play, and there are many bars, sporting events, fairs and festivals here.
  • Riverside/Avondale: These adjacent neighborhoods are southwest of downtown and right on the river. The area is slightly pricey, but it hosts a lively art scene and historic buildings, small shops, music venues, bars and restaurants galore.
  • San Marco: This neighborhood is just across the river from downtown and provides the best of both worlds. Rentals are fairly inexpensive here, but Miramar, just to the south, has some pricey options.

Insider tips
When most people think of Florida, they think of palm trees. But Jacksonville is in the northeastern part of the state, so you'll mostly see pretty oaks and pines. Also, you can snag some good deals at flea markets year-round here, so you'll be able to easily furnish your apartment on the cheap! 

Contrary to popular belief, San Jose, not San Francisco, is the largest city in the Bay Area. This anchor city in the South Bay is known for its sunny skies, relaxed attitude and awesome cultural diversity. If you're looking for a San Jose apartment, here's the scoop on finding a sweet spot in this popular part of the Bay Area:

The basics
San Jose is located in Silicon Valley in NorCal where all of the oldest and hottest tech companies, social media sites and startups are based – think Apple, Google, Facebook, LinkedIn and many others. The good news is that while the Bay Area is much pricier than the national average, San Jose has some less expensive rental options relative to the surrounding market. The vacancy rate here is low – about 3 percent – and rent across all apartment rental types averages around $1,700. One-bedrooms here average around $1,680 and two-bedroom apartments average $2,000 per month.

Having access to a car in San Jose is important. Public transportation isn't very convenient here, though many people live here and commute via the regional Caltrain to San Francisco and other Bay Area locales on the peninsula. However, if you plan to work in San Jose, living here is a good idea because rush-hour traffic here can get pretty congested. Additionally, the downtown area is bike-friendly and pretty walkable, but the other neighborhoods are not.

The neighborhoods
San Jose is a culturally diverse city with vibrant neighborhoods. Here are some of the best for young professionals:

  • Downtown – The Downtown area of San Jose has been recently revitalized, but surprisingly, decent apartments here are a bit cheaper than some of the outlying neighborhoods. You can get a nice one-bedroom for about $1,600. It's a vibrant scene with a mix of 20th century Victorians and brand new midrises, anchored by San Jose State University.
  • Japantown – Also known as J-Town, Japantown is a quiet neighborhood just north of Downtown between First and Eighth streets. Prices are similar to Downtown, and unsurprisingly, it has plenty of fantastic, traditional Japanese cuisine.
  • Willow Glen – This quaint, beautiful residential neighborhood in South San Jose is replete with farmers markets, cute shops and good restaurants. Housing ranges from single-family homes to apartments and condos. Rentals here are a bit more expensive than average – a nice two-bedroom here rents for about $2,500 per month.
  • Rose Garden – This western neighborhood gets its name from its proximity to the famous Municipal Rose Garden. This charming neighborhood sports homes from the 1920s and 30s, and prices are similar to those in Willow Glen.

Insider tips
It's nice to move anytime in San Jose, since the weather here is fabulous year-round! Moving permits aren't required, but it's a good idea to get one from the city government if you're moving downtown, just to be sure you won't get a ticket for blocking the street. Also, San Jose proper is small as far as major cities go – only 180 square miles. However, the surrounding metro area is made up of a whopping 8,800 square miles, so if you don't find a neighborhood you like in the city proper, there are plenty of more suburban options nearby.

San Antonio, the seventh most populous city in the U.S., is probably most famous for The Alamo and the battle that took place here in the early 19th century. Today, San Antonio is a vibrant, bustling city with plenty of culture and charm. Here are some tips to get you started on your hunt for apartments in San Antonio: 

The basics
The cost of living in San Antonio is about 16 percent below the national average, which is a good sign for renters looking to save some money. The average rent paid across all types of rentals is about $780 per month. The vacancy rate here is pretty high – about 6 percent – which is good news for renters because many landlords and management companies give incentives, like one month of free rent. However, San Antonio has the second highest rate of employment growth among the major markets, meaning that rental prices could soon rise as new workers venture here soon.

San Antonio has a very inexpensive bus system, but it's not very convenient – you'll need a car if you live anywhere outside the downtown area or just north of downtown.

The neighborhoods
San Antonio has several types of neighborhoods, from those with a very urban feel to those that provide a more suburban – but still city – lifestyle. Here's the scoop on some of the most popular:

  • Downtown/River Walk – This area is the lifeblood of San Antonio. It's located on the charming, historic river walk, is near the Alamo, boasts tall high rises and is full of awesome cafes and restaurants.
  • South Flores/Southtown – This area – also called SoFlo – is a trendy, artsy area just south of downtown. It boasts several art galleries and cheaper prices than you'll find near the River Walk.
  • King William and Lavaca – These neighborhoods, also south of downtown, are vibrant, walkable and provide plenty of cultural activities, making them very popular for young professionals.
  • Tobin Hill – Not too far north of downtown San Antonio, these neighborhoods provide the perfect mix of quiet residential beauty, close proximity to the highway and fun nightlife and dining.
  • Monte Vista – It's a quaint historic district for those who have a keen sense of architectural style, but it's a bit more expensive than other areas.

Insiders' tips
There are a few times of year where it's a good idea to just avoid moving in to a new apartment if you can help it. Days in July and August can top out at 100 degrees, making the move pretty difficult if you're doing it yourself. Also, the late spring and early summer get a lot of rain, so be prepared to get wet if you're moving then.

Additionally, there's an annual, 10-day festival to commemorate the Battle of the Alamo and the Battle of San Jacinto, so look up the city's schedule of events and avoid moving during that festival at all costs, especially if you're moving downtown.