I have lived in the same apartment for 8 years. When I first signed the lease, the rent was $750, and for the building and its amenities it was worth it. I was the envy of most of my friends. While I understand 8 years is a long time and the economy changes, I wasn't happy when my rent climbed to $1000 last year.
Now in March, my rent is climbing again, to $1200. That is nearly double from what I started and my apartment has seen minimal upgrades since moving in (new mirrored closet doors, and that was 4 years ago, and that was only because I saw them in another suite) and I demanded them. If I had said nothing, I doubt I would have gotten them.
It might be time to start looking at a mortgage, and that is a scary thought. So I'm curious to see what rent is like where you live.