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Battle Creek Michigan Residential Rent and Rental Statistics

The median monthly gross residential rent in Battle Creek, MI (the Battle Creek metro area) was $682 in 2015 according to the Census ACS survey.1 Average gross rent in Battle Creek was $746 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 Battle Creek median and average rent data will be released in September of 2017.

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

Show dollars as: Nominal Real

Real Gross Rent in Battle Creek Michigan (2015 dollars)2

2015 1 Year Change 3 Year Change
US Median Gross Rent $959 +3.12% +8.24%
Michigan Median Gross Rent $803 +2.42% +7.07%
Battle Creek, MI Median Gross Rent $682 -6.58% +5.74%

Battle Creek, MI Real Gross Rent Trends

Median gross rent for Battle Creek peaked in real terms in 2014 at $730 and is now $48 (6.58%) lower. At $746, real average gross rent in Battle Creek was at its highest level in 2015 since the series began in 2005.

Real Gross Rent in Battle Creek: Battle Creek MI Median, Battle Creek MI Average, Michigan Median, US Median

Lower quartile, median and upper quartile real gross rent

Real Gross Rent History for Battle Creek

Date US
Median
Michigan
Median
Battle Creek, MI
Median
Battle Creek, MI
Average
2015 $959 $803 $682 $746
2014 $930 $784 $730 $683
2013 $898 $762 $681 $670
2012 $886 $750 $645 $627
2011 $887 $752 $652 $640
2010 $901 $769 $657 $686
2009 $905 $769 $681 $698
2008 $920 $788 $663 $677
2007 $874 $756 $683 $670
2006 $883 $781 $729 $668
2005 $858 $772 $649 $649

Battle Creek 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 Battle Creek Michigan was 9.34% according to Census ACS data.

Rental Vacancy Rate in Battle Creek Michigan

2015 1 Year Change 3 Year Change
US 5.85% -0.47% -0.92%
Michigan 5.19% -0.69% -1.54%
Battle Creek, MI 9.34% -1.72% +3.36%

Trends in Battle Creek, MI Rental Vacancy Rate

The rental vacancy rate in Battle Creek peaked in 2006 at 16.17%. Since then it has fallen by 6.83% to 9.34%. Data records for this series originated in 2005. From a 2009 post peak low of 3.73%, the rental vacancy rate has increased by 5.61%.

Rental Vacancy Rate: Battle Creek MI, Michigan, US

Rental vacancy rate in Michigan

Historical Rental Vacancy Rate data for Battle Creek

Date US Michigan Battle Creek, MI
2015 5.85% 5.19% 9.34%
2014 6.32% 5.88% 11.06%
2013 6.49% 6.04% 6.76%
2012 6.77% 6.73% 5.98%
2011 7.40% 7.72% 14.51%
2010 8.17% 9.60% 8.45%
2009 8.43% 9.48% 3.73%
2008 7.86% 9.73% 14.44%
2007 7.87% 9.66% 7.56%
2006 7.70% 10.42% 16.17%
2005 7.74% 10.09% 13.34%

Rent as a Fraction of Income

Using median household income data for Battle Creek, we can calculate the fraction of income the median household would use to pay rent at the median monthly gross rent rate. For Battle Creek, median monthly gross rent as a fraction of median household income was 19.00% in 2015 according to the ACS.

Battle Creek Michigan Median Annual Rent as a Fraction of Median Household Income

2015 1 Year Change 3 Year Change
US 20.63% -0.26% -0.02%
Michigan 18.86% -0.11% -0.29%
Battle Creek, MI 19.00% -0.12% -0.69%

Trends in Battle Creek, MI Rent as a Fraction of Income

The fraction of median Battle Creek household income required to pay median monthly gross rent peaked in 2011 (relative to the 2005 series origin) at 19.86%. Since then it has fallen by 0.87% to 19.00%.

Fraction of Income towards Rent: Battle Creek MI, Michigan, US

Percent of median household income going towards median monthly gross rent in Battle Creek Michigan

Historical Data for Annual Rent as a Fraction of Income in Battle Creek Michigan

Date US Michigan Battle Creek, MI
2015 20.63% 18.86% 19.00%
2014 20.89% 18.97% 19.11%
2013 20.78% 19.09% 18.49%
2012 20.65% 19.16% 19.69%
2011 20.70% 19.29% 19.86%
2010 20.50% 19.29% 17.45%
2009 20.12% 18.99% 19.76%
2008 19.00% 17.44% 17.31%
2007 18.66% 17.09% 17.99%
2006 18.90% 17.17% 17.41%
2005 18.89% 17.07% 16.44%

Renter Fraction in Battle Creek Michigan

You can calculate the renter fraction in Battle Creek 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 Battle Creek as a fraction of total Battle Creek households. In 2015 30.74% of households were renters according to Census ACS data.

Battle Creek Fraction of Renters by Household Units

2015 1 Year Change 3 Year Change
US 36.97% +0.07% +0.88%
Michigan 29.58% -0.18% +0.64%
Battle Creek, MI 30.74% +1.96% -1.71%

Trends in the Battle Creek, MI Renter Fraction

The Battle Creek household renter fraction peaked in in 2012 at 32.45% and is now 1.71% below that level. The origin year for the series is 2005.

Fraction of Renting Households: Battle Creek MI, Michigan, US

Fraction of renters in Battle Creek

History of Battle Creek Renter Fraction

Date US Michigan Battle Creek, MI
2015 36.97% 29.58% 30.74%
2014 36.90% 29.76% 28.78%
2013 36.50% 29.45% 30.99%
2012 36.09% 28.94% 32.45%
2011 35.42% 28.26% 31.46%
2010 34.65% 27.25% 27.85%
2009 34.13% 26.81% 29.41%
2008 33.36% 26.02% 30.34%
2007 32.80% 25.17% 28.04%
2006 32.73% 24.83% 24.40%
2005 33.10% 25.33% 24.94%

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.