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Colorado Residential Rent and Rental Statistics

The median monthly gross residential rent in Colorado was $1,111 in 2015 according to the Census ACS survey.1 Average gross rent was $1,139 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 Colorado median and average rent data will be released in September of 2017.

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

Show dollars as: Nominal Real

Real Gross Rent in Colorado (2015 dollars)2

2015 1 Year Change 3 Year Change
US Median Gross Rent $959 +3.12% +8.24%
Colorado Median Gross Rent $1,111 +9.46% +18.57%

Colorado Real Gross Rent Trends

At $1,111, real median gross rent in Colorado was at its highest level in 2015 since the series began in 2005. At $1,139, real average gross rent in Colorado was at its highest level in 2015 since the series began in 2005.

Real Gross Rent in Colorado: Median, Average, US Median

Lower quartile, median and upper quartile real gross rent

Real Gross Rent History for Colorado

Date US Median Colorado Median Colorado Average
2015 $959 $1,111 $1,139
2014 $930 $1,015 $1,052
2013 $898 $964 $1,007
2012 $886 $937 $980
2011 $887 $916 $967
2010 $901 $909 $953
2009 $905 $914 $966
2008 $920 $947 $986
2007 $874 $873 $911
2006 $883 $903 $934
2005 $858 $892 $926

Colorado 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 Colorado was 4.47% according to Census ACS data.

Rental Vacancy Rate in Colorado

2015 1 Year Change 3 Year Change
US 5.85% -0.47% -0.92%
Colorado 4.47% -0.38% -1.22%

Trends in Colorado Rental Vacancy Rate

The rental vacancy rate in Colorado peaked in 2005 at 9.35%. Since then it has fallen by 4.88% to 4.47%. Data records for this series originated in 2005.

Rental Vacancy Rate: Colorado, US

Rental vacancy rate in Colorado

Historical Rental Vacancy Rate data for Colorado

Date US Colorado
2015 5.85% 4.47%
2014 6.32% 4.85%
2013 6.49% 5.26%
2012 6.77% 5.69%
2011 7.40% 5.63%
2010 8.17% 6.72%
2009 8.43% 8.00%
2008 7.86% 7.45%
2007 7.87% 8.63%
2006 7.70% 8.36%
2005 7.74% 9.35%

Colorado Rent as a Fraction of Income

Using median household income data for Colorado, we can calculate the fraction of income the median household would use to pay rent at the median monthly gross rent rate. For Colorado, median monthly gross rent as a fraction of median household income was 20.86% in 2015 according to the ACS.

Colorado Median Annual Rent as a Fraction of Median Household Income

2015 1 Year Change 3 Year Change
US 20.63% -0.26% -0.02%
Colorado 20.86% +0.89% +1.12%

Trends in Colorado Rent as a Fraction of Income

Colorado renters paid 20.86% of median household income towards the median monthly gross rent in 2015. This is the highest fraction of median household income going to rent since the series originated in 2005.

Fraction of Income towards Rent: Colorado, US

Percent of median household income going towards median monthly gross rent in Colorado

Historical Data for Annual Rent as a Fraction of Income in Colorado

Date US Colorado
2015 20.63% 20.86%
2014 20.89% 19.97%
2013 20.78% 19.81%
2012 20.65% 19.74%
2011 20.70% 19.50%
2010 20.50% 19.16%
2009 20.12% 18.42%
2008 19.00% 17.85%
2007 18.66% 17.13%
2006 18.90% 17.99%
2005 18.89% 17.93%

Renter Fraction in Colorado

You can calculate the renter fraction in Colorado 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 Colorado as a fraction of total Colorado households. In 2015 36.25% of households were renters according to Census ACS data.

Colorado Fraction of Renters by Household Units

2015 1 Year Change 3 Year Change
US 36.97% +0.07% +0.88%
Colorado 36.25% +0.11% +0.28%

Trends in the Colorado Renter Fraction

At 36.25%, the 2015 household based renter fraction in Colorado was at its highest level. The origin year for the series is 2005.

Fraction of Renting Households: Colorado, US

Fraction of renters in Colorado

History of Colorado Renter Fraction

Date US Colorado
2015 36.97% 36.25%
2014 36.90% 36.14%
2013 36.50% 35.49%
2012 36.09% 35.97%
2011 35.42% 35.62%
2010 34.65% 34.06%
2009 34.13% 32.99%
2008 33.36% 32.51%
2007 32.80% 31.17%
2006 32.73% 31.27%
2005 33.10% 32.18%

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.