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White County Arkansas Residential Rent and Rental Statistics

The median monthly gross residential rent in White County AR was $704 in 2017 according to the Census ACS survey.1 Average gross rent in White County was $648 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 White County median and average rent data will be released in September of 2019.

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

Show dollars as: Nominal Real

Real Gross Rent in White County Arkansas (2017 dollars)2

2017 1 Year Change 3 Year Change
US Median Gross Rent $1,012 +1.61% +5.86%
Arkansas Median Gross Rent $711 -0.14% +1.72%
White County AR Median Gross Rent $704 +3.99% +10.17%

White County AR Real Gross Rent Trends

At $704, real median gross rent in White County was at its highest level in 2017 since the series began in 2005. Average gross rent for White County peaked in real terms in 2016 at $656 and is now $8 (1.22%) lower.

Real Gross Rent: White County AR Median, White County AR Average, Arkansas Median, US Median

Lower quartile, median and upper quartile real gross rent

Real Gross Rent History for White County

Date US
Median
Arkansas
Median
White County AR
Median
White County AR
Average
2017 $1,012 $711 $704 $648
2016 $996 $712 $677 $656
2015 $987 $715 $694 $607
2014 $956 $699 $639 $625
2013 $924 $673 $677 $637
2012 $912 $660 $632 $617
2011 $912 $669 $598 $601
2010 $927 $691 $664 $611
2009 $931 $670 $626 $602
2008 $947 $696 $664 $633
2007 $899 $653 $635 $515
2006 $909 $674 $575 $491

White County Rental Vacancy Rate

The rental vacancy rate is the fraction of homes for rent that are not occupied.3 In 2016 the rental vacancy rate for White County Arkansas was 13.62% according to Census ACS data.

Rental Vacancy Rate in White County Arkansas

2017 1 Year Change 3 Year Change
US 6.18% +0.29% -0.14%
Arkansas 8.22% +0.16% -1.38%
White County AR

Trends in White County AR Rental Vacancy Rate

The rental vacancy rate in White County peaked in 2012 at 17.75%. Since then it has fallen by 4.13% to 13.62%. Data records for this series originated in 2005. From a 2015 post peak low of 5.16%, the rental vacancy rate has increased by 8.46%.

Rental Vacancy Rate: White County AR, Arkansas, US

Rental vacancy rate in Arkansas

Historical Rental Vacancy Rate data for White County

Date US Arkansas White County AR
2017 6.18% 8.22%
2016 5.89% 8.06% 13.62%
2015 5.85% 8.50% 5.16%
2014 6.32% 9.60%
2013 6.49% 9.66% 7.93%
2012 6.77% 9.13% 17.75%
2011 7.40% 10.00%
2010 8.17% 10.46%
2009 8.43% 10.48%
2008 7.86% 9.53%
2007 7.87% 8.73%
2006 7.70% 8.03%

Rent as a Fraction of Income

Using median household income data for White County, we can calculate the fraction of income the median household would use to pay rent at the median monthly gross rent rate. For White County, median monthly gross rent as a fraction of median household income was 19.90% in 2017 according to the ACS.

White County Arkansas Median Annual Rent as a Fraction of Median Household Income

2017 1 Year Change 3 Year Change
US 20.13% -0.30% -0.76%
Arkansas 18.60% -0.37% -1.26%
White County AR 19.90% +1.22% +0.87%

Trends in White County AR Rent as a Fraction of Income

The fraction of median White County household income required to pay median monthly gross rent peaked in 2015 (relative to the 2005 series origin) at 20.78%. Since then it has fallen by 0.87% to 19.90%.

Fraction of Income towards Rent: White County AR, Arkansas, US

Percent of median household income going towards median monthly gross rent in White County Arkansas

Historical Data for Annual Rent as a Fraction of Income in White County Arkansas

Date US Arkansas White County AR
2017 20.13% 18.60% 19.90%
2016 20.43% 18.97% 18.68%
2015 20.63% 19.86% 20.78%
2014 20.89% 19.86% 19.03%
2013 20.78% 19.52% 18.23%
2012 20.65% 19.15% 18.93%
2011 20.70% 19.78% 15.35%
2010 20.50% 19.99% 19.19%
2009 20.12% 19.23% 17.80%
2008 19.00% 18.74% 17.76%
2007 18.66% 18.03% 18.13%
2006 18.90% 18.56% 15.98%

Renter Fraction in White County Arkansas

You can calculate the renter fraction in White 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 White County as a fraction of total White County households. In 2017 29.30% of households were renters according to Census ACS data.

White County Fraction of Renters by Household Units

2017 1 Year Change 3 Year Change
US 36.13% -0.75% -0.77%
Arkansas 34.75% -0.70% +0.54%
White County AR 29.30% -8.19% -2.72%

Trends in the White County AR Renter Fraction

The White County household renter fraction peaked in in 2016 at 37.49% and is now 8.19% below that level. The origin year for the series is 2005.

Fraction of Renting Households: White County AR, Arkansas, US

Fraction of renters in White County

History of White County Renter Fraction

Date US Arkansas White County AR
2017 36.13% 34.75% 29.30%
2016 36.88% 35.45% 37.49%
2015 36.97% 34.83% 36.15%
2014 36.90% 34.21% 32.02%
2013 36.50% 34.28% 29.81%
2012 36.09% 33.76% 28.52%
2011 35.42% 33.40% 32.79%
2010 34.65% 32.59% 34.09%
2009 34.13% 33.96% 33.03%
2008 33.36% 32.62% 27.24%
2007 32.80% 32.27% 32.68%
2006 32.73% 31.72% 28.28%

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.