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Lafayette Louisiana Residential Rent and Rental Statistics

The median monthly gross residential rent in Lafayette, LA (the Lafayette metro area) was $697 in 2013 according to the Census ACS survey.1 Average gross rent in Lafayette was $636 in 2013. The median rent more accurately depicts rental rates in the middle of the distribution of rents and is thus preferred in the analysis below. 2014 Lafayette median and average rent data will be released in September of 2015.

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

Show dollars as: Nominal Real

Real Gross Rent in Lafayette Louisiana (2013 dollars)2

2013 1 Year Change 3 Year Change
US Median Gross Rent $905 +0.89% -0.55%
Louisiana Median Gross Rent $763 +0.66% -2.55%
Lafayette, LA Median Gross Rent $697 -5.30% -4.65%

Lafayette, LA Real Gross Rent Trends

Median gross rent for Lafayette peaked in real terms in 2009 at $774 and is now $77 (9.95%) lower. Average gross rent for Lafayette peaked in real terms in 2011 at $758 and is now $122 (16.09%) lower.

Real Gross Rent in Lafayette: Lafayette LA Median, Lafayette LA Average, Louisiana Median, US Median

Lower quartile, median and upper quartile real gross rent

Real Gross Rent History for Lafayette

Date US
Median
Louisiana
Median
Lafayette, LA
Median
Lafayette, LA
Average
2013 $905 $763 $697 $636
2012 $897 $758 $736 $702
2011 $900 $772 $762 $758
2010 $910 $783 $731 $731
2009 $909 $772 $774 $709
2008 $914 $775 $739 $699
2007 $875 $722 $710 $680
2006 $881 $714 $671 $661
2005 $862 $674 $653 $602

Lafayette Rental Vacancy Rate

The rental vacancy rate is the fraction of homes for rent that are not occupied.3 In 2013 the rental vacancy rate for Lafayette Louisiana was 6.91% according to Census ACS data.

Rental Vacancy Rate in Lafayette Louisiana

2013 1 Year Change 3 Year Change
US 6.49% -0.28% -1.68%
Louisiana 7.64% -0.91% -1.34%
Lafayette, LA 6.91% +0.65% -1.14%

Trends in Lafayette, LA Rental Vacancy Rate

The rental vacancy rate in Lafayette peaked in 2005 at 8.33%. Since then it has fallen by 1.42% to 6.91%. Data records for this series originated in 2005. From a 2006 post peak low of 3.37%, the rental vacancy rate has increased by 3.54%.

Rental Vacancy Rate: Lafayette LA, Louisiana, US

Rental vacancy rate in Louisiana

Historical Rental Vacancy Rate data for Lafayette

Date US Louisiana Lafayette, LA
2013 6.49% 7.64% 6.91%
2012 6.77% 8.55% 6.26%
2011 7.40% 8.15% 5.99%
2010 8.17% 8.98% 8.05%
2009 8.43% 8.19% 5.02%
2008 7.86% 8.20% 5.55%
2007 7.87% 7.18% 3.87%
2006 7.70% 6.36% 3.37%
2005 7.74% 7.89% 8.33%

Rent as a Fraction of Income

Using median household income data for Lafayette, we can calculate the fraction of income the median household would use to pay rent at the median monthly gross rent rate. For Lafayette, median monthly gross rent as a fraction of median household income was 17.39% in 2013 according to the ACS.

Lafayette Louisiana Median Annual Rent as a Fraction of Median Household Income

2013 1 Year Change 3 Year Change
US 20.78% +0.13% +0.28%
Louisiana 20.73% -0.14% -0.05%
Lafayette, LA 17.39% -1.20% -0.25%

Trends in Lafayette, LA Rent as a Fraction of Income

The fraction of median Lafayette household income required to pay median monthly gross rent peaked in 2011 (relative to the 2005 series origin) at 20.44%. Since then it has fallen by 3.05% to 17.39%.

Fraction of Income towards Rent: Lafayette LA, Louisiana, US

Percent of median household income going towards median monthly gross rent in Lafayette Louisiana

Historical Data for Annual Rent as a Fraction of Income in Lafayette Louisiana

Date US Louisiana Lafayette, LA
2013 20.78% 20.73% 17.39%
2012 20.65% 20.87% 18.58%
2011 20.70% 21.48% 20.44%
2010 20.50% 20.78% 17.64%
2009 20.12% 20.19% 18.15%
2008 19.00% 19.15% 17.26%
2007 18.66% 19.09% 17.74%
2006 18.90% 18.85% 16.88%
2005 18.89% 18.59% 16.53%

Renter Fraction in Lafayette Louisiana

You can calculate the renter fraction in Lafayette 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 Lafayette as a fraction of total Lafayette households. In 2013 28.93% of households were renters according to Census ACS data.

Lafayette Fraction of Renters by Household Units

2013 1 Year Change 3 Year Change
US 36.50% +0.41% +1.85%
Louisiana 34.03% -0.24% +1.58%
Lafayette, LA 28.93% -4.46% -4.48%

Trends in the Lafayette, LA Renter Fraction

The Lafayette household renter fraction peaked in in 2007 at 33.87% and is now 4.94% below that level. The origin year for the series is 2005.

Fraction of Renting Households: Lafayette LA, Louisiana, US

Fraction of renters in Lafayette

History of Lafayette Renter Fraction

Date US Louisiana Lafayette, LA
2013 36.50% 34.03% 28.93%
2012 36.09% 34.27% 33.39%
2011 35.42% 33.57% 32.92%
2010 34.65% 32.45% 33.41%
2009 34.13% 32.08% 30.19%
2008 33.36% 31.46% 31.73%
2007 32.80% 32.06% 33.87%
2006 32.73% 31.52% 31.96%
2005 33.10% 32.19% 31.11%

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 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.