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Napa County California Residential Rent and Rental Statistics

The median monthly gross residential rent in Napa County CA was $1,777 in 2017 according to the Census ACS survey.1 Average gross rent in Napa County was $1,657 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 Napa County median and average rent data will be released in September of 2019.

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

Show dollars as: Nominal Real

Real Gross Rent in Napa 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%
Napa County CA Median Gross Rent $1,777 +18.23% +19.66%

Napa County CA Real Gross Rent Trends

At $1,777, real median gross rent in Napa County was at its highest level in 2017 since the series began in 2005. At $1,657, real average gross rent in Napa County was at its highest level in 2017 since the series began in 2005.

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

Lower quartile, median and upper quartile real gross rent

Real Gross Rent History for Napa County

Date US
Median
California
Median
Napa County CA
Median
Napa County CA
Average
2017 $1,012 $1,447 $1,777 $1,657
2016 $996 $1,396 $1,503 $1,507
2015 $987 $1,349 $1,560 $1,526
2014 $956 $1,298 $1,485 $1,512
2013 $924 $1,250 $1,327 $1,360
2012 $912 $1,238 $1,316 $1,347
2011 $912 $1,230 $1,379 $1,318
2010 $927 $1,260 $1,285 $1,306
2009 $931 $1,277 $1,363 $1,430
2008 $947 $1,304 $1,350 $1,360
2007 $899 $1,228 $1,313 $1,268
2006 $909 $1,225 $1,275 $1,279

Napa 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 Napa County California was 4.00% according to Census ACS data.

Rental Vacancy Rate in Napa County California

2017 1 Year Change 3 Year Change
US 6.18% +0.29% -0.14%
California 3.49% +0.18% -0.41%
Napa County CA 4.00% -0.58% +0.64%

Trends in Napa County CA Rental Vacancy Rate

The rental vacancy rate in Napa County peaked in 2012 at 10.02%. Since then it has fallen by 6.02% to 4.00%. Data records for this series originated in 2005.

Rental Vacancy Rate: Napa County CA, California, US

Rental vacancy rate in California

Historical Rental Vacancy Rate data for Napa County

Date US California Napa County CA
2017 6.18% 3.49% 4.00%
2016 5.89% 3.31% 4.58%
2015 5.85% 3.33%
2014 6.32% 3.90% 3.36%
2013 6.49% 4.22%
2012 6.77% 4.51% 10.02%
2011 7.40% 4.94%
2010 8.17% 5.86%
2009 8.43% 5.76%
2008 7.86% 4.71% 3.78%
2007 7.87% 4.72%
2006 7.70% 4.67% 2.16%

Rent as a Fraction of Income

Using median household income data for Napa County, we can calculate the fraction of income the median household would use to pay rent at the median monthly gross rent rate. For Napa County, median monthly gross rent as a fraction of median household income was 24.63% in 2017 according to the ACS.

Napa 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%
Napa County CA 24.63% +0.98% +1.16%

Trends in Napa County CA Rent as a Fraction of Income

The fraction of median Napa County household income required to pay median monthly gross rent peaked in 2011 (relative to the 2005 series origin) at 25.69%. Since then it has fallen by 1.06% to 24.63%.

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

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

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

Date US California Napa County CA
2017 20.13% 24.18% 24.63%
2016 20.43% 24.36% 23.66%
2015 20.63% 24.39% 24.09%
2014 20.89% 24.57% 23.47%
2013 20.78% 24.40% 21.98%
2012 20.65% 24.69% 22.34%
2011 20.70% 24.59% 25.69%
2010 20.50% 24.18% 22.10%
2009 20.12% 23.52% 21.59%
2008 19.00% 22.32% 21.64%
2007 18.66% 21.58% 22.27%
2006 18.90% 21.80% 19.28%

Renter Fraction in Napa County California

You can calculate the renter fraction in Napa 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 Napa County as a fraction of total Napa County households. In 2017 33.91% of households were renters according to Census ACS data.

Napa 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%
Napa County CA 33.91% -2.43% -2.76%

Trends in the Napa County CA Renter Fraction

The Napa County household renter fraction peaked in in 2011 at 45.56% and is now 11.65% below that level. The origin year for the series is 2005.

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

Fraction of renters in Napa County

History of Napa County Renter Fraction

Date US California Napa County CA
2017 36.13% 45.21% 33.91%
2016 36.88% 46.36% 36.34%
2015 36.97% 46.41% 38.20%
2014 36.90% 46.27% 36.67%
2013 36.50% 46.21% 37.73%
2012 36.09% 45.97% 39.41%
2011 35.42% 45.12% 45.56%
2010 34.65% 44.36% 37.80%
2009 34.13% 43.43% 36.14%
2008 33.36% 42.95% 35.15%
2007 32.80% 42.00% 34.17%
2006 32.73% 41.55% 37.49%

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.