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Humboldt County California Residential Rent and Rental Statistics

The median monthly gross residential rent in Humboldt County CA was $894 in 2017 according to the Census ACS survey.1 Average gross rent in Humboldt County was $980 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 Humboldt County median and average rent data will be released in September of 2019.

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

Show dollars as: Nominal Real

Real Gross Rent in Humboldt County California (2017 dollars)2

2017 1 Year Change 3 Year Change
US Median Gross Rent $1,012 +1.61% +5.86%
California Median Gross Rent $1,447 +3.65% +11.48%
Humboldt County CA Median Gross Rent $894 -3.56% -2.40%

Humboldt County CA Real Gross Rent Trends

Median gross rent for Humboldt County peaked in real terms in 2013 at $933 and is now $39 (4.18%) lower. Average gross rent for Humboldt County peaked in real terms in 2016 at $988 and is now $8 (0.81%) lower.

Real Gross Rent: Humboldt County CA Median, Humboldt County CA Average, California Median, US Median

Lower quartile, median and upper quartile real gross rent

Real Gross Rent History for Humboldt County

Date US
Median
California
Median
Humboldt County CA
Median
Humboldt County CA
Average
2017 $1,012 $1,447 $894 $980
2016 $996 $1,396 $927 $988
2015 $987 $1,349 $912 $953
2014 $956 $1,298 $916 $941
2013 $924 $1,250 $933 $941
2012 $912 $1,238 $874 $901
2011 $912 $1,230 $918 $952
2010 $927 $1,260 $878 $919
2009 $931 $1,277 $903 $940
2008 $947 $1,304 $898 $935
2007 $899 $1,228 $907 $881
2006 $909 $1,225 $868 $903

Humboldt 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 Humboldt County California was 4.58% according to Census ACS data.

Rental Vacancy Rate in Humboldt County California

2017 1 Year Change 3 Year Change
US 6.18% +0.29% -0.14%
California 3.49% +0.18% -0.41%
Humboldt County CA 4.58% +2.60% +1.37%

Trends in Humboldt County CA Rental Vacancy Rate

The rental vacancy rate in Humboldt County peaked in 2011 at 7.69%. Since then it has fallen by 3.11% to 4.58%. Data records for this series originated in 2005. From a 2015 post peak low of 1.98%, the rental vacancy rate has increased by 2.60%.

Rental Vacancy Rate: Humboldt County CA, California, US

Rental vacancy rate in California

Historical Rental Vacancy Rate data for Humboldt County

Date US California Humboldt County CA
2017 6.18% 3.49% 4.58%
2016 5.89% 3.31% 1.98%
2015 5.85% 3.33% 1.98%
2014 6.32% 3.90% 3.21%
2013 6.49% 4.22% 4.55%
2012 6.77% 4.51% 3.99%
2011 7.40% 4.94% 7.69%
2010 8.17% 5.86%
2009 8.43% 5.76% 6.35%
2008 7.86% 4.71% 4.13%
2007 7.87% 4.72% 6.40%
2006 7.70% 4.67% 2.76%

Rent as a Fraction of Income

Using median household income data for Humboldt County, we can calculate the fraction of income the median household would use to pay rent at the median monthly gross rent rate. For Humboldt County, median monthly gross rent as a fraction of median household income was 23.07% in 2017 according to the ACS.

Humboldt County California Median Annual Rent as a Fraction of Median Household Income

2017 1 Year Change 3 Year Change
US 20.13% -0.30% -0.76%
California 24.18% -0.18% -0.39%
Humboldt County CA 23.07% -2.33% -3.38%

Trends in Humboldt County CA Rent as a Fraction of Income

The fraction of median Humboldt County household income required to pay median monthly gross rent peaked in 2009 (relative to the 2005 series origin) at 27.43%. Since then it has fallen by 4.35% to 23.07%.

Fraction of Income towards Rent: Humboldt County CA, California, US

Percent of median household income going towards median monthly gross rent in Humboldt County California

Historical Data for Annual Rent as a Fraction of Income in Humboldt County California

Date US California Humboldt County CA
2017 20.13% 24.18% 23.07%
2016 20.43% 24.36% 25.40%
2015 20.63% 24.39% 26.26%
2014 20.89% 24.57% 26.45%
2013 20.78% 24.40% 26.06%
2012 20.65% 24.69% 24.98%
2011 20.70% 24.59% 25.52%
2010 20.50% 24.18% 25.25%
2009 20.12% 23.52% 27.43%
2008 19.00% 22.32% 23.61%
2007 18.66% 21.58% 25.91%
2006 18.90% 21.80% 21.47%

Renter Fraction in Humboldt County California

You can calculate the renter fraction in Humboldt 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 Humboldt County as a fraction of total Humboldt County households. In 2017 41.14% of households were renters according to Census ACS data.

Humboldt County Fraction of Renters by Household Units

2017 1 Year Change 3 Year Change
US 36.13% -0.75% -0.77%
California 45.21% -1.15% -1.06%
Humboldt County CA 41.14% -0.51% -4.94%

Trends in the Humboldt County CA Renter Fraction

The Humboldt County household renter fraction peaked in in 2012 at 46.26% and is now 5.12% below that level. The origin year for the series is 2005.

Fraction of Renting Households: Humboldt County CA, California, US

Fraction of renters in Humboldt County

History of Humboldt County Renter Fraction

Date US California Humboldt County CA
2017 36.13% 45.21% 41.14%
2016 36.88% 46.36% 41.65%
2015 36.97% 46.41% 44.34%
2014 36.90% 46.27% 46.08%
2013 36.50% 46.21% 45.57%
2012 36.09% 45.97% 46.26%
2011 35.42% 45.12% 44.40%
2010 34.65% 44.36% 42.60%
2009 34.13% 43.43% 44.39%
2008 33.36% 42.95% 45.97%
2007 32.80% 42.00% 41.21%
2006 32.73% 41.55% 45.40%

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.