For many of us, entering the adult world means leaving behind the endless days and late nights of binge-watching cartoons with our friends. Though we still sneak in time to catch up on our favorites or re-watch the classics, it’s different now. As adults doing the adulting thing, we notice things more — like how did Peter and Lois Griffin actually pay the bills? Did they own their house or rent? And if they rented, how much were they paying? Luckily, rental experts have done the math and can tell us how much some of our beloved cartoon characters would pay in rent if they lived in the real world.
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1. South Park Kids
These obnoxiously funny kids grew up just outside Denver, Colorado, in the suburbs aptly named South Park. While we don’t know what their parents paid for their homes, many boys would likely move to an up and coming neighborhood in Denver such as the City Part of Town (CtPaTown).
Here, their rent would be $950 per month on average. Now, what would these kids be doing for a living? Possibly a sequel show?
2. Family Guy Bachelor Pads
Quahog is a fictional town on Rhode Island and a suburb of Providence. In the series, both Joe and Peter leave their families and get their own apartments. Peter chooses a downtown place that is chic in decor and features arched doorways and solid hardwood flooring.
Peter would have paid $975 per month for his place. Joe moved into a second-floor apartment (with an elevator). This one-bedroom pad would have cost him $825 per month. Neither Joe nor Peter lasted long out on their own — surprise, surprise.
3. Bob’s Burgers: Home and Restaurant
Paying rent for commercial space and a large place together comes at no cheap fee. For their 3 bedroom apartment that features a converted closet-to-bedroom, a large eat-in kitchen, and tons of storage space, plus the restaurant, they pay $3100 per month.
The apartment on its own rings in a rental tab of $1400 per month. Lucky for them, the landlord (Mr. Fischoeder) is well off, and maybe he’s generous, too.
4. Futurama Futuristic Apartments
Considering the premise of this show is well into the future where they live in New New York, we must consider all the years of inflation, making their rental costs seem astronomical. Bender would be paying $900/month for his 18 square foot apartment today.
However, Bender living in his time, pays $6 quadrillion dollars for the place thanks to 1000 years of inflation. Amy lives in a beautiful futuristic one-bedroom place. The living room features a large arched window, and she has a balcony, all for just $3,495 a month if it were today or 24 quadrillions per month in her time. Ouch.
5. The Simpsons: Apartment Dwellers
Although Homer, Marge, and the kids live in the suburbs of Springfield — a fictional American town — many of the show’s predominant characters live in neighborhoods throughout the city. What they may pay in rent has been predicted.
For example, Mrs. Krabappel, Bart’s teacher, lived in a second-story corner apartment. The complex itself was situated on Evergreen Terrace not far from the Simpson’s suburban home. Mrs. Krabappel likely paid $1,100 per month in rent.
Additionally, Krusty, the clown, rents a one-bedroom apartment featured the most in the episode where he gets arrested. There isn’t anything clownish about his normal looking, second-story pad, and he would have paid $825/month. Apu and his family could have used some clown car magic to perfect their living space. Their nicely landscaped, 3 story apartment with a walk-up entry would have had many bedrooms subdivided to accommodate all eight children. Rent here would be $1,600 per month.
Contrary to what it may seem, Moe doesn’t live at the bar. He pays $625 per month for a downtown studio apartment at the garden level. Today, hipsters would be all over his apartment for the exposed brick walls and black and white checkered flooring. Patty and Selma rented a two-bedroom place in smoke and pet-friendly apartment — a rare find these days. They would have paid $950 a month for their apartment.
Being set in NYC gives Archer characters the largest price tag on monthly apartment rentals in the present time. Sterling Archer lives in Manhattan in a gorgeous penthouse with two bedrooms and two bathrooms.
This apartment would rent for a whopping $4,600 per month. Malory Archer lives on the Upper East Side, and watching Gossip Girl helps explain how fancy that area can get. She also has two bedrooms and two bathrooms and a formal dining room, and a lot of space.
Her rent would be $2,700 per month. Going to SoHo, you’d find George Spelvin’s one-bedroom loft space. This open, well-lit pad would cost $3,800 in monthly rent.
Now when you have a spare moment in your adult life to binge a little on your favorite cartoons, you will know what they have to bring home to make rent.
How do your rental costs stack up?
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