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McAllen Texas Residential Rent and Rental Statistics

The median monthly gross residential rent in McAllen, TX (the McAllen-Edinburg-Mission metro area) was $690 in 2015 according to the Census ACS survey.1 Average gross rent in McAllen was $674 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 McAllen median and average rent data will be released in September of 2017.

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

Show dollars as: Nominal Real

Real Gross Rent in McAllen Texas (2015 dollars)2

2015 1 Year Change 3 Year Change
US Median Gross Rent $959 +3.12% +8.24%
Texas Median Gross Rent $932 +4.48% +11.88%
McAllen, TX Median Gross Rent $690 +3.76% +10.75%

McAllen, TX Real Gross Rent Trends

At $690, real median gross rent in McAllen was at its highest level in 2015 since the series began in 2005. At $674, real average gross rent in McAllen was at its highest level in 2015 since the series began in 2005.

Real Gross Rent in McAllen: McAllen TX Median, McAllen TX Average, Texas Median, US Median

Lower quartile, median and upper quartile real gross rent

Real Gross Rent History for McAllen

Date US
Median
Texas
Median
McAllen, TX
Median
McAllen, TX
Average
2015 $959 $932 $690 $674
2014 $930 $892 $665 $629
2013 $898 $851 $650 $612
2012 $886 $833 $623 $592
2011 $887 $828 $625 $580
2010 $901 $844 $640 $584
2009 $905 $847 $630 $602
2008 $920 $857 $684 $629
2007 $874 $813 $628 $583
2006 $883 $823 $618 $573
2005 $858 $791 $626 $588

McAllen 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 McAllen Texas was 9.84% according to Census ACS data.

Rental Vacancy Rate in McAllen Texas

2015 1 Year Change 3 Year Change
US 5.85% -0.47% -0.92%
Texas 6.95% -0.35% -1.58%
McAllen, TX 9.84% +2.69% +4.45%

Trends in McAllen, TX Rental Vacancy Rate

The rental vacancy rate in McAllen peaked in 2006 at 13.85%. Since then it has fallen by 4.01% to 9.84%. Data records for this series originated in 2005. From a 2013 post peak low of 5.14%, the rental vacancy rate has increased by 4.70%.

Rental Vacancy Rate: McAllen TX, Texas, US

Rental vacancy rate in Texas

Historical Rental Vacancy Rate data for McAllen

Date US Texas McAllen, TX
2015 5.85% 6.95% 9.84%
2014 6.32% 7.30% 7.15%
2013 6.49% 7.86% 5.14%
2012 6.77% 8.53% 5.39%
2011 7.40% 9.23% 6.74%
2010 8.17% 10.60% 5.39%
2009 8.43% 10.69% 8.21%
2008 7.86% 10.24% 10.65%
2007 7.87% 10.61% 11.50%
2006 7.70% 10.28% 13.85%
2005 7.74% 10.60% 13.09%

Rent as a Fraction of Income

Using median household income data for McAllen, we can calculate the fraction of income the median household would use to pay rent at the median monthly gross rent rate. For McAllen, median monthly gross rent as a fraction of median household income was 23.17% in 2015 according to the ACS.

McAllen Texas Median Annual Rent as a Fraction of Median Household Income

2015 1 Year Change 3 Year Change
US 20.63% -0.26% -0.02%
Texas 20.10% -0.18% +0.44%
McAllen, TX 23.17% +0.14% +1.10%

Trends in McAllen, TX Rent as a Fraction of Income

The fraction of median McAllen household income required to pay median monthly gross rent peaked in 2005 (relative to the 2005 series origin) at 26.01%. Since then it has fallen by 2.83% to 23.17%. From a 2010 low of 21.63%, the fraction of income going to rent has increased by 1.54%.

Fraction of Income towards Rent: McAllen TX, Texas, US

Percent of median household income going towards median monthly gross rent in McAllen Texas

Historical Data for Annual Rent as a Fraction of Income in McAllen Texas

Date US Texas McAllen, TX
2015 20.63% 20.10% 23.17%
2014 20.89% 20.27% 23.03%
2013 20.78% 19.89% 22.39%
2012 20.65% 19.65% 22.07%
2011 20.70% 19.75% 23.71%
2010 20.50% 19.77% 21.63%
2009 20.12% 19.59% 23.09%
2008 19.00% 18.42% 24.33%
2007 18.66% 18.52% 22.46%
2006 18.90% 18.99% 22.36%
2005 18.89% 19.11% 26.01%

Renter Fraction in McAllen Texas

You can calculate the renter fraction in McAllen 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 McAllen as a fraction of total McAllen households. In 2015 30.51% of households were renters according to Census ACS data.

McAllen Fraction of Renters by Household Units

2015 1 Year Change 3 Year Change
US 36.97% +0.07% +0.88%
Texas 38.94% +0.10% +1.22%
McAllen, TX 30.51% -1.48% -2.24%

Trends in the McAllen, TX Renter Fraction

The McAllen household renter fraction peaked in in 2012 at 32.75% and is now 2.24% below that level. The origin year for the series is 2005.

Fraction of Renting Households: McAllen TX, Texas, US

Fraction of renters in McAllen

History of McAllen Renter Fraction

Date US Texas McAllen, TX
2015 36.97% 38.94% 30.51%
2014 36.90% 38.84% 31.99%
2013 36.50% 38.16% 32.62%
2012 36.09% 37.72% 32.75%
2011 35.42% 37.08% 31.41%
2010 34.65% 36.42% 31.96%
2009 34.13% 36.32% 31.00%
2008 33.36% 35.10% 30.63%
2007 32.80% 34.82% 29.46%
2006 32.73% 34.75% 29.06%
2005 33.10% 35.29% 29.96%

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.