Rents are on the rise in the Tampa Bay area, and rising MUCH more quickly than the national average.

According to the latest report by RENTCafe, a nationwide internet listing service for rental units, St. Petersburg leads the Tampa Bay Area with the highest rental spike, up 7.1% since last year.

St. Pete was top 20 in the country for that high of a percent change; Orlando led the state of Florida with a 7.8% price increase. Other parts of the Tampa Bay Area are also outpacing the national average of 2.7%.

Tampa is up 5.2%, Lakeland is up 6.5% and Clearwater is up 4.3% since last year.

Rich Fields is a veteran radio broadcaster who is best known for having been the Announcer on the Price is Right. He is also an Emmy Award winning Meteorologist .