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Montgomery County Alabama Residential Rent and Rental Statistics

The median monthly gross residential rent in Montgomery County AL was $830 in 2017 according to the Census ACS survey.1 Average gross rent in Montgomery County was $860 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 Montgomery County median and average rent data will be released in September of 2019.

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

Show dollars as: Nominal Real

Real Gross Rent in Montgomery 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%
Montgomery County AL Median Gross Rent $830 -0.12% -1.19%

Montgomery County AL Real Gross Rent Trends

Median gross rent for Montgomery County peaked in real terms in 2009 at $887 and is now $57 (6.43%) lower. Average gross rent for Montgomery County peaked in real terms in 2009 at $877 and is now $17 (1.94%) lower.

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

Lower quartile, median and upper quartile real gross rent

Real Gross Rent History for Montgomery County

Date US
Median
Alabama
Median
Montgomery County AL
Median
Montgomery County AL
Average
2017 $1,012 $750 $830 $860
2016 $996 $755 $831 $830
2015 $987 $750 $849 $877
2014 $956 $734 $840 $828
2013 $924 $709 $806 $801
2012 $912 $711 $805 $777
2011 $912 $720 $785 $780
2010 $927 $723 $842 $824
2009 $931 $726 $887 $877
2008 $947 $725 $850 $822
2007 $899 $685 $782 $754
2006 $909 $682 $818 $751

Montgomery 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 Montgomery County Alabama was 10.60% according to Census ACS data.

Rental Vacancy Rate in Montgomery County Alabama

2017 1 Year Change 3 Year Change
US 6.18% +0.29% -0.14%
Alabama 10.99% +0.65% +0.62%
Montgomery County AL 10.60% +1.70% +3.48%

Trends in Montgomery County AL Rental Vacancy Rate

The rental vacancy rate in Montgomery County peaked in 2008 at 14.97%. Since then it has fallen by 4.37% to 10.60%. Data records for this series originated in 2005. From a 2012 post peak low of 5.42%, the rental vacancy rate has increased by 5.18%.

Rental Vacancy Rate: Montgomery County AL, Alabama, US

Rental vacancy rate in Alabama

Historical Rental Vacancy Rate data for Montgomery County

Date US Alabama Montgomery County AL
2017 6.18% 10.99% 10.60%
2016 5.89% 10.34% 8.90%
2015 5.85% 9.72% 8.32%
2014 6.32% 10.37% 7.12%
2013 6.49% 9.17% 5.69%
2012 6.77% 7.79% 5.42%
2011 7.40% 8.30% 9.16%
2010 8.17% 9.64% 9.32%
2009 8.43% 10.33% 9.47%
2008 7.86% 9.73% 14.97%
2007 7.87% 9.25% 9.29%
2006 7.70% 8.72% 10.04%

Rent as a Fraction of Income

Using median household income data for Montgomery County, we can calculate the fraction of income the median household would use to pay rent at the median monthly gross rent rate. For Montgomery County, median monthly gross rent as a fraction of median household income was 21.78% in 2017 according to the ACS.

Montgomery 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%
Montgomery County AL 21.78% +0.16% -0.92%

Trends in Montgomery County AL Rent as a Fraction of Income

The fraction of median Montgomery County household income required to pay median monthly gross rent peaked in 2015 (relative to the 2005 series origin) at 23.31%. Since then it has fallen by 1.52% to 21.78%.

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

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

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

Date US Alabama Montgomery County AL
2017 20.13% 18.70% 21.78%
2016 20.43% 19.27% 21.62%
2015 20.63% 19.54% 23.31%
2014 20.89% 20.09% 22.70%
2013 20.78% 19.44% 21.19%
2012 20.65% 19.89% 22.39%
2011 20.70% 19.91% 20.34%
2010 20.50% 19.78% 22.23%
2009 20.12% 19.47% 23.22%
2008 19.00% 17.75% 20.39%
2007 18.66% 17.78% 20.01%
2006 18.90% 17.73% 19.94%

Renter Fraction in Montgomery County Alabama

You can calculate the renter fraction in Montgomery 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 Montgomery County as a fraction of total Montgomery County households. In 2017 42.08% of households were renters according to Census ACS data.

Montgomery 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%
Montgomery County AL 42.08% +0.46% +0.44%

Trends in the Montgomery County AL Renter Fraction

The Montgomery County household renter fraction peaked in in 2015 at 43.04% and is now 0.96% below that level. The origin year for the series is 2005.

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

Fraction of renters in Montgomery County

History of Montgomery County Renter Fraction

Date US Alabama Montgomery County AL
2017 36.13% 31.95% 42.08%
2016 36.88% 31.55% 41.62%
2015 36.97% 32.11% 43.04%
2014 36.90% 32.32% 41.64%
2013 36.50% 31.96% 40.76%
2012 36.09% 31.25% 40.54%
2011 35.42% 30.11% 37.81%
2010 34.65% 29.88% 40.42%
2009 34.13% 30.42% 36.51%
2008 33.36% 29.01% 35.24%
2007 32.80% 29.10% 35.89%
2006 32.73% 28.22% 36.61%

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.