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Santa Rosa California Residential Rent and Rental Statistics

The median monthly gross residential rent in Santa Rosa, CA (the Santa Rosa-Petaluma metro area) was $1,376 in 2015 according to the Census ACS survey.1 Average gross rent in Santa Rosa was $1,366 in 2015. The median rent more accurately depicts rental rates in the middle of the distribution of rents and is thus preferred in the analysis below. 2016 Santa Rosa median and average rent data will be released in September of 2017.

Data is also available below for Santa Rosa rental vacancy rates, Santa Rosa rent as a percent of median income and the fraction of renters in Santa Rosa.

Show dollars as: Nominal Real

Real Gross Rent in Santa Rosa California (2015 dollars)2

2015 1 Year Change 3 Year Change
US Median Gross Rent $959 +3.12% +8.24%
California Median Gross Rent $1,311 +3.88% +8.98%
Santa Rosa, CA Median Gross Rent $1,376 +0.66% +9.64%

Santa Rosa, CA Real Gross Rent Trends

At $1,376, real median gross rent in Santa Rosa was at its highest level in 2015 since the series began in 2005. At $1,366, real average gross rent in Santa Rosa was at its highest level in 2015 since the series began in 2005.

Real Gross Rent in Santa Rosa: Santa Rosa CA Median, Santa Rosa CA Average, California Median, US Median

Lower quartile, median and upper quartile real gross rent

Real Gross Rent History for Santa Rosa

Date US
Median
California
Median
Santa Rosa, CA
Median
Santa Rosa, CA
Average
2015 $959 $1,311 $1,376 $1,366
2014 $930 $1,262 $1,367 $1,362
2013 $898 $1,215 $1,276 $1,267
2012 $886 $1,203 $1,255 $1,273
2011 $887 $1,195 $1,211 $1,222
2010 $901 $1,225 $1,268 $1,300
2009 $905 $1,241 $1,271 $1,284
2008 $920 $1,267 $1,321 $1,325
2007 $874 $1,194 $1,297 $1,288
2006 $883 $1,191 $1,315 $1,303
2005 $858 $1,147 $1,273 $1,316

Santa Rosa Rental Vacancy Rate

The rental vacancy rate is the fraction of homes for rent that are not occupied.3 In 2015 the rental vacancy rate for Santa Rosa California was 1.78% according to Census ACS data.

Rental Vacancy Rate in Santa Rosa California

2015 1 Year Change 3 Year Change
US 5.85% -0.47% -0.92%
California 3.33% -0.57% -1.18%
Santa Rosa, CA 1.78% -4.04%

Trends in Santa Rosa, CA Rental Vacancy Rate

The rental vacancy rate in Santa Rosa peaked in 2012 at 5.82%. Since then it has fallen by 4.04% to 1.78%. Data records for this series originated in 2005.

Rental Vacancy Rate: Santa Rosa CA, California, US

Rental vacancy rate in California

Historical Rental Vacancy Rate data for Santa Rosa

Date US California Santa Rosa, CA
2015 5.85% 3.33% 1.78%
2014 6.32% 3.90%
2013 6.49% 4.22% 3.82%
2012 6.77% 4.51% 5.82%
2011 7.40% 4.94% 5.13%
2010 8.17% 5.86% 4.68%
2009 8.43% 5.76% 4.44%
2008 7.86% 4.71% 5.79%
2007 7.87% 4.72% 5.32%
2006 7.70% 4.67% 5.21%
2005 7.74% 4.61% 5.02%

Rent as a Fraction of Income

Using median household income data for Santa Rosa, we can calculate the fraction of income the median household would use to pay rent at the median monthly gross rent rate. For Santa Rosa, median monthly gross rent as a fraction of median household income was 24.77% in 2015 according to the ACS.

Santa Rosa California Median Annual Rent as a Fraction of Median Household Income

2015 1 Year Change 3 Year Change
US 20.63% -0.26% -0.02%
California 24.39% -0.18% -0.30%
Santa Rosa, CA 24.77% +0.44% -0.28%

Trends in Santa Rosa, CA Rent as a Fraction of Income

The fraction of median Santa Rosa household income required to pay median monthly gross rent peaked in 2013 (relative to the 2005 series origin) at 25.27%. Since then it has fallen by 0.50% to 24.77%.

Fraction of Income towards Rent: Santa Rosa CA, California, US

Percent of median household income going towards median monthly gross rent in Santa Rosa California

Historical Data for Annual Rent as a Fraction of Income in Santa Rosa California

Date US California Santa Rosa, CA
2015 20.63% 24.39% 24.77%
2014 20.89% 24.57% 24.33%
2013 20.78% 24.40% 25.27%
2012 20.65% 24.69% 25.04%
2011 20.70% 24.59% 23.38%
2010 20.50% 24.18% 24.47%
2009 20.12% 23.52% 22.76%
2008 19.00% 22.32% 22.81%
2007 18.66% 21.58% 22.52%
2006 18.90% 21.80% 22.41%
2005 18.89% 21.77% 22.22%

Renter Fraction in Santa Rosa California

You can calculate the renter fraction in Santa Rosa in at least two ways: by housing units or by population. I've gone with the housing units measure here. This measure looks at the number of renting households in Santa Rosa as a fraction of total Santa Rosa households. In 2015 40.51% of households were renters according to Census ACS data.

Santa Rosa Fraction of Renters by Household Units

2015 1 Year Change 3 Year Change
US 36.97% +0.07% +0.88%
California 46.41% +0.14% +0.44%
Santa Rosa, CA 40.51% -1.10% +0.44%

Trends in the Santa Rosa, CA Renter Fraction

The Santa Rosa household renter fraction peaked in in 2014 at 41.61% and is now 1.10% below that level. The origin year for the series is 2005.

Fraction of Renting Households: Santa Rosa CA, California, US

Fraction of renters in Santa Rosa

History of Santa Rosa Renter Fraction

Date US California Santa Rosa, CA
2015 36.97% 46.41% 40.51%
2014 36.90% 46.27% 41.61%
2013 36.50% 46.21% 41.47%
2012 36.09% 45.97% 40.07%
2011 35.42% 45.12% 40.52%
2010 34.65% 44.36% 40.26%
2009 34.13% 43.43% 39.33%
2008 33.36% 42.95% 36.52%
2007 32.80% 42.00% 38.28%
2006 32.73% 41.55% 36.05%
2005 33.10% 41.56% 35.96%

1. Gross rent is defined as contract rent plus the estimated average monthly cost of utilities (electricity, gas, water, and sewer) and fuel (oil, coal, kerosene, wood, etc.). Because some rentals include utilities and others don't, gross rent is a way of normalizing the variability.

2. Real dollars are calculated using the CPI-U less shelter series.

3. The rental vacancy rate is computed by dividing the number of vacant units for rent by the sum of the renter-occupied units, vacant units that are for rent, and vacant units that have been rented but not yet occupied.