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Auburn Alabama Residential Rent and Rental Statistics

The median monthly gross residential rent in Auburn, AL (the Auburn-Opelika metro area) was $804 in 2017 according to the Census ACS survey.1 Average gross rent in Auburn was $858 in 2017. The median rent more accurately depicts rental rates in the middle of the distribution of rents and is thus preferred in the analysis below. 2018 Auburn median and average rent data will be released in September of 2019.

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

Show dollars as: Nominal Real

Real Gross Rent in Auburn Alabama (2017 dollars)2

2017 1 Year Change 3 Year Change
US Median Gross Rent $1,012 +1.61% +5.86%
Alabama Median Gross Rent $750 -0.66% +2.18%
Auburn, AL Median Gross Rent $804 -5.63% +4.96%

Auburn, AL Real Gross Rent Trends

Median gross rent for Auburn peaked in real terms in 2015 at $864 and is now $60 (6.94%) lower. Average gross rent for Auburn peaked in real terms in 2015 at $858 and is now $0 (0.00%) lower.

Real Gross Rent in Auburn: Auburn AL Median, Auburn AL Average, Alabama Median, US Median

Lower quartile, median and upper quartile real gross rent

Real Gross Rent History for Auburn

Date US
Median
Alabama
Median
Auburn, AL
Median
Auburn, AL
Average
2017 $1,012 $750 $804 $858
2016 $996 $755 $852 $830
2015 $987 $750 $864 $858
2014 $956 $734 $766 $786
2013 $924 $709 $799 $782
2012 $912 $711 $804 $786
2011 $912 $720 $763 $778
2010 $927 $723 $754 $845
2009 $931 $726 $773 $768
2008 $947 $725 $762 $791
2007 $899 $685 $698 $708
2006 $909 $682 $676 $661

Auburn Rental Vacancy Rate

The rental vacancy rate is the fraction of homes for rent that are not occupied.3 In 2017 the rental vacancy rate for Auburn Alabama was 9.27% according to Census ACS data.

Rental Vacancy Rate in Auburn Alabama

2017 1 Year Change 3 Year Change
US 6.18% +0.29% -0.14%
Alabama 10.99% +0.65% +0.62%
Auburn, AL 9.27% +1.00% +2.94%

Trends in Auburn, AL Rental Vacancy Rate

At 9.27%, Auburn residential rental vacancy rate in 2017 is at the highest point since 2005, the beginning of our reporting for this series.

Rental Vacancy Rate: Auburn AL, Alabama, US

Rental vacancy rate in Alabama

Historical Rental Vacancy Rate data for Auburn

Date US Alabama Auburn, AL
2017 6.18% 10.99% 9.27%
2016 5.89% 10.34% 8.27%
2015 5.85% 9.72% 3.07%
2014 6.32% 10.37% 6.33%
2013 6.49% 9.17% 6.32%
2012 6.77% 7.79% 5.05%
2011 7.40% 8.30% 5.11%
2010 8.17% 9.64% 7.21%
2009 8.43% 10.33% 5.94%
2008 7.86% 9.73% 8.06%
2007 7.87% 9.25% 2.76%
2006 7.70% 8.72% 8.92%

Rent as a Fraction of Income

Using median household income data for Auburn, we can calculate the fraction of income the median household would use to pay rent at the median monthly gross rent rate. For Auburn, median monthly gross rent as a fraction of median household income was 18.22% in 2017 according to the ACS.

Auburn Alabama Median Annual Rent as a Fraction of Median Household Income

2017 1 Year Change 3 Year Change
US 20.13% -0.30% -0.76%
Alabama 18.70% -0.57% -1.39%
Auburn, AL 18.22% -2.73% -4.25%

Trends in Auburn, AL Rent as a Fraction of Income

The fraction of median Auburn household income required to pay median monthly gross rent peaked in 2009 (relative to the 2005 series origin) at 22.72%. Since then it has fallen by 4.49% to 18.22%.

Fraction of Income towards Rent: Auburn AL, Alabama, US

Percent of median household income going towards median monthly gross rent in Auburn Alabama

Historical Data for Annual Rent as a Fraction of Income in Auburn Alabama

Date US Alabama Auburn, AL
2017 20.13% 18.70% 18.22%
2016 20.43% 19.27% 20.95%
2015 20.63% 19.54% 21.64%
2014 20.89% 20.09% 22.48%
2013 20.78% 19.44% 20.37%
2012 20.65% 19.89% 20.75%
2011 20.70% 19.91% 20.33%
2010 20.50% 19.78% 21.21%
2009 20.12% 19.47% 22.72%
2008 19.00% 17.75% 19.04%
2007 18.66% 17.78% 18.69%
2006 18.90% 17.73% 17.75%

Renter Fraction in Auburn Alabama

You can calculate the renter fraction in Auburn 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 Auburn as a fraction of total Auburn households. In 2017 36.45% of households were renters according to Census ACS data.

Auburn Fraction of Renters by Household Units

2017 1 Year Change 3 Year Change
US 36.13% -0.75% -0.77%
Alabama 31.95% +0.40% -0.37%
Auburn, AL 36.45% -5.05% -5.57%

Trends in the Auburn, AL Renter Fraction

The Auburn household renter fraction peaked in in 2013 at 42.16% and is now 5.71% below that level. The origin year for the series is 2005.

Fraction of Renting Households: Auburn AL, Alabama, US

Fraction of renters in Auburn

History of Auburn Renter Fraction

Date US Alabama Auburn, AL
2017 36.13% 31.95% 36.45%
2016 36.88% 31.55% 41.50%
2015 36.97% 32.11% 41.93%
2014 36.90% 32.32% 42.02%
2013 36.50% 31.96% 42.16%
2012 36.09% 31.25% 37.80%
2011 35.42% 30.11% 39.28%
2010 34.65% 29.88% 36.36%
2009 34.13% 30.42% 38.90%
2008 33.36% 29.01% 34.27%
2007 32.80% 29.10% 39.79%
2006 32.73% 28.22% 35.25%

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.