Housing shortages in U.S. energy boom towns have driven rents up to New York City levels; but don’t expect that to last too long, says Moody’s Investor’s Service.

Rents in the town of Williston, North Dakota, for example, have become among the most expensive in the U.S., according to Moody’s.  Rent for a one to two bedroom apartments have nearly tripled to $2400 per month in 2012 from $900 per month in 2008.

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