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Etowah County Alabama Residential Rent and Rental Statistics

The median monthly gross residential rent in Etowah County AL was $618 in 2017 according to the Census ACS survey.1 Average gross rent in Etowah County was $529 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 Etowah County median and average rent data will be released in September of 2019.

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

Show dollars as: Nominal Real

Real Gross Rent in Etowah County 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%
Etowah County AL Median Gross Rent $618 +2.49% -9.65%

Etowah County AL Real Gross Rent Trends

Median gross rent for Etowah County peaked in real terms in 2014 at $684 and is now $66 (9.65%) lower. Average gross rent for Etowah County peaked in real terms in 2010 at $620 and is now $91 (14.68%) lower.

Real Gross Rent: Etowah County AL Median, Etowah County AL Average, Alabama Median, US Median

Lower quartile, median and upper quartile real gross rent

Real Gross Rent History for Etowah County

Date US
Median
Alabama
Median
Etowah County AL
Median
Etowah County AL
Average
2017 $1,012 $750 $618 $529
2016 $996 $755 $603 $604
2015 $987 $750 $669 $582
2014 $956 $734 $684 $558
2013 $924 $709 $614 $533
2012 $912 $711 $588 $537
2011 $912 $720 $643 $590
2010 $927 $723 $660 $620
2009 $931 $726 $662 $536
2008 $947 $725 $654 $519
2007 $899 $685 $567 $518
2006 $909 $682 $634 $545

Etowah County 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 Etowah County Alabama was 9.48% according to Census ACS data.

Rental Vacancy Rate in Etowah County Alabama

2017 1 Year Change 3 Year Change
US 6.18% +0.29% -0.14%
Alabama 10.99% +0.65% +0.62%
Etowah County AL 9.48% +4.27%

Trends in Etowah County AL Rental Vacancy Rate

The rental vacancy rate in Etowah County peaked in 2009 at 9.95%. Since then it has fallen by 0.47% to 9.48%. Data records for this series originated in 2005.

Rental Vacancy Rate: Etowah County AL, Alabama, US

Rental vacancy rate in Alabama

Historical Rental Vacancy Rate data for Etowah County

Date US Alabama Etowah County AL
2017 6.18% 10.99% 9.48%
2016 5.89% 10.34%
2015 5.85% 9.72%
2014 6.32% 10.37% 5.21%
2013 6.49% 9.17%
2012 6.77% 7.79% 5.26%
2011 7.40% 8.30% 6.78%
2010 8.17% 9.64% 4.85%
2009 8.43% 10.33% 9.95%
2008 7.86% 9.73% 4.55%
2007 7.87% 9.25% 3.93%
2006 7.70% 8.72% 7.04%

Rent as a Fraction of Income

Using median household income data for Etowah County, we can calculate the fraction of income the median household would use to pay rent at the median monthly gross rent rate. For Etowah County, median monthly gross rent as a fraction of median household income was 17.84% in 2017 according to the ACS.

Etowah County 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%
Etowah County AL 17.84% +0.52% -1.94%

Trends in Etowah County AL Rent as a Fraction of Income

The fraction of median Etowah County household income required to pay median monthly gross rent peaked in 2011 (relative to the 2005 series origin) at 22.12%. Since then it has fallen by 4.28% to 17.84%.

Fraction of Income towards Rent: Etowah County AL, Alabama, US

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

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

Date US Alabama Etowah County AL
2017 20.13% 18.70% 17.84%
2016 20.43% 19.27% 17.32%
2015 20.63% 19.54% 17.99%
2014 20.89% 20.09% 19.78%
2013 20.78% 19.44% 18.28%
2012 20.65% 19.89% 19.96%
2011 20.70% 19.91% 22.12%
2010 20.50% 19.78% 20.36%
2009 20.12% 19.47% 18.38%
2008 19.00% 17.75% 18.14%
2007 18.66% 17.78% 17.25%
2006 18.90% 17.73% 20.23%

Renter Fraction in Etowah County Alabama

You can calculate the renter fraction in Etowah County 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 Etowah County as a fraction of total Etowah County households. In 2017 28.54% of households were renters according to Census ACS data.

Etowah County 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%
Etowah County AL 28.54% +0.16% -3.28%

Trends in the Etowah County AL Renter Fraction

The Etowah County household renter fraction peaked in in 2012 at 33.05% and is now 4.51% below that level. From a recent low of 25.50% in 2015, the household based renter fraction has now grown by 3.04%. The origin year for the series is 2005.

Fraction of Renting Households: Etowah County AL, Alabama, US

Fraction of renters in Etowah County

History of Etowah County Renter Fraction

Date US Alabama Etowah County AL
2017 36.13% 31.95% 28.54%
2016 36.88% 31.55% 28.38%
2015 36.97% 32.11% 25.50%
2014 36.90% 32.32% 31.82%
2013 36.50% 31.96% 27.97%
2012 36.09% 31.25% 33.05%
2011 35.42% 30.11% 26.87%
2010 34.65% 29.88% 26.03%
2009 34.13% 30.42% 25.51%
2008 33.36% 29.01% 30.19%
2007 32.80% 29.10% 27.55%
2006 32.73% 28.22% 27.44%

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.