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Tuscaloosa County Alabama Residential Rent and Rental Statistics

The median monthly gross residential rent in Tuscaloosa County AL was $836 in 2017 according to the Census ACS survey.1 Average gross rent in Tuscaloosa County was $807 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 Tuscaloosa County median and average rent data will be released in September of 2019.

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

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Real Gross Rent in Tuscaloosa 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%
Tuscaloosa County AL Median Gross Rent $836 +4.89% -0.71%

Tuscaloosa County AL Real Gross Rent Trends

Median gross rent for Tuscaloosa County peaked in real terms in 2014 at $842 and is now $6 (0.71%) lower. Average gross rent for Tuscaloosa County peaked in real terms in 2016 at $814 and is now $7 (0.86%) lower.

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

Lower quartile, median and upper quartile real gross rent

Real Gross Rent History for Tuscaloosa County

Date US
Median
Alabama
Median
Tuscaloosa County AL
Median
Tuscaloosa County AL
Average
2017 $1,012 $750 $836 $807
2016 $996 $755 $797 $814
2015 $987 $750 $824 $807
2014 $956 $734 $842 $804
2013 $924 $709 $756 $732
2012 $912 $711 $726 $716
2011 $912 $720 $809 $802
2010 $927 $723 $817 $811
2009 $931 $726 $757 $732
2008 $947 $725 $839 $801
2007 $899 $685 $725 $735
2006 $909 $682 $695 $647

Tuscaloosa 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 Tuscaloosa County Alabama was 6.15% according to Census ACS data.

Rental Vacancy Rate in Tuscaloosa County Alabama

2017 1 Year Change 3 Year Change
US 6.18% +0.29% -0.14%
Alabama 10.99% +0.65% +0.62%
Tuscaloosa County AL 6.15% +1.70% +0.08%

Trends in Tuscaloosa County AL Rental Vacancy Rate

The rental vacancy rate in Tuscaloosa County peaked in 2009 at 23.10%. Since then it has fallen by 16.95% to 6.15%. Data records for this series originated in 2005.

Rental Vacancy Rate: Tuscaloosa County AL, Alabama, US

Rental vacancy rate in Alabama

Historical Rental Vacancy Rate data for Tuscaloosa County

Date US Alabama Tuscaloosa County AL
2017 6.18% 10.99% 6.15%
2016 5.89% 10.34% 4.45%
2015 5.85% 9.72% 6.18%
2014 6.32% 10.37% 6.07%
2013 6.49% 9.17%
2012 6.77% 7.79% 6.55%
2011 7.40% 8.30% 5.83%
2010 8.17% 9.64% 14.81%
2009 8.43% 10.33% 23.10%
2008 7.86% 9.73% 18.56%
2007 7.87% 9.25% 6.21%
2006 7.70% 8.72% 2.56%

Rent as a Fraction of Income

Using median household income data for Tuscaloosa County, we can calculate the fraction of income the median household would use to pay rent at the median monthly gross rent rate. For Tuscaloosa County, median monthly gross rent as a fraction of median household income was 19.18% in 2017 according to the ACS.

Tuscaloosa 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%
Tuscaloosa County AL 19.18% -0.54% -1.58%

Trends in Tuscaloosa County AL Rent as a Fraction of Income

The fraction of median Tuscaloosa County household income required to pay median monthly gross rent peaked in 2011 (relative to the 2005 series origin) at 22.03%. Since then it has fallen by 2.85% to 19.18%.

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

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

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

Date US Alabama Tuscaloosa County AL
2017 20.13% 18.70% 19.18%
2016 20.43% 19.27% 19.71%
2015 20.63% 19.54% 19.59%
2014 20.89% 20.09% 20.75%
2013 20.78% 19.44% 19.08%
2012 20.65% 19.89% 20.54%
2011 20.70% 19.91% 22.03%
2010 20.50% 19.78% 20.82%
2009 20.12% 19.47% 19.69%
2008 19.00% 17.75% 20.07%
2007 18.66% 17.78% 18.64%
2006 18.90% 17.73% 18.93%

Renter Fraction in Tuscaloosa County Alabama

You can calculate the renter fraction in Tuscaloosa 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 Tuscaloosa County as a fraction of total Tuscaloosa County households. In 2017 37.13% of households were renters according to Census ACS data.

Tuscaloosa 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%
Tuscaloosa County AL 37.13% -1.41% +0.78%

Trends in the Tuscaloosa County AL Renter Fraction

The Tuscaloosa County household renter fraction peaked in in 2005 at 39.63% and is now 2.50% below that level. From a recent low of 34.57% in 2011, the household based renter fraction has now grown by 2.56%. The origin year for the series is 2005.

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

Fraction of renters in Tuscaloosa County

History of Tuscaloosa County Renter Fraction

Date US Alabama Tuscaloosa County AL
2017 36.13% 31.95% 37.13%
2016 36.88% 31.55% 38.54%
2015 36.97% 32.11% 37.46%
2014 36.90% 32.32% 36.35%
2013 36.50% 31.96% 38.24%
2012 36.09% 31.25% 35.87%
2011 35.42% 30.11% 34.57%
2010 34.65% 29.88% 34.98%
2009 34.13% 30.42% 37.47%
2008 33.36% 29.01% 36.36%
2007 32.80% 29.10% 37.04%
2006 32.73% 28.22% 37.75%

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.