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San Bernardino County California Residential Rent and Rental Statistics

The median monthly gross residential rent in San Bernardino County CA was $1,227 in 2017 according to the Census ACS survey.1 Average gross rent in San Bernardino County was $1,241 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 San Bernardino County median and average rent data will be released in September of 2019.

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

Show dollars as: Nominal Real

Real Gross Rent in San Bernardino 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%
San Bernardino County CA Median Gross Rent $1,227 +0.49% +6.51%

San Bernardino County CA Real Gross Rent Trends

Median gross rent for San Bernardino County peaked in real terms in 2008 at $1,229 and is now $2 (0.16%) lower. Average gross rent for San Bernardino County peaked in real terms in 2008 at $1,267 and is now $26 (2.05%) lower.

Real Gross Rent: San Bernardino County CA Median, San Bernardino County CA Average, California Median, US Median

Lower quartile, median and upper quartile real gross rent

Real Gross Rent History for San Bernardino County

Date US
Median
California
Median
San Bernardino County CA
Median
San Bernardino County CA
Average
2017 $1,012 $1,447 $1,227 $1,241
2016 $996 $1,396 $1,221 $1,241
2015 $987 $1,349 $1,172 $1,194
2014 $956 $1,298 $1,152 $1,174
2013 $924 $1,250 $1,115 $1,134
2012 $912 $1,238 $1,098 $1,127
2011 $912 $1,230 $1,106 $1,131
2010 $927 $1,260 $1,122 $1,177
2009 $931 $1,277 $1,156 $1,173
2008 $947 $1,304 $1,229 $1,267
2007 $899 $1,228 $1,172 $1,193
2006 $909 $1,225 $1,149 $1,189

San Bernardino 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 San Bernardino County California was 2.91% according to Census ACS data.

Rental Vacancy Rate in San Bernardino County California

2017 1 Year Change 3 Year Change
US 6.18% +0.29% -0.14%
California 3.49% +0.18% -0.41%
San Bernardino County CA 2.91% -1.20% -2.75%

Trends in San Bernardino County CA Rental Vacancy Rate

The rental vacancy rate in San Bernardino County peaked in 2010 at 8.64%. Since then it has fallen by 5.73% to 2.91%. Data records for this series originated in 2005.

Rental Vacancy Rate: San Bernardino County CA, California, US

Rental vacancy rate in California

Historical Rental Vacancy Rate data for San Bernardino County

Date US California San Bernardino County CA
2017 6.18% 3.49% 2.91%
2016 5.89% 3.31% 4.11%
2015 5.85% 3.33% 4.34%
2014 6.32% 3.90% 5.66%
2013 6.49% 4.22% 7.06%
2012 6.77% 4.51% 6.95%
2011 7.40% 4.94% 5.31%
2010 8.17% 5.86% 8.64%
2009 8.43% 5.76% 8.33%
2008 7.86% 4.71% 6.56%
2007 7.87% 4.72% 6.41%
2006 7.70% 4.67% 5.25%

Rent as a Fraction of Income

Using median household income data for San Bernardino County, we can calculate the fraction of income the median household would use to pay rent at the median monthly gross rent rate. For San Bernardino County, median monthly gross rent as a fraction of median household income was 24.37% in 2017 according to the ACS.

San Bernardino 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%
San Bernardino County CA 24.37% -1.23% -1.57%

Trends in San Bernardino County CA Rent as a Fraction of Income

The fraction of median San Bernardino County household income required to pay median monthly gross rent peaked in 2014 (relative to the 2005 series origin) at 25.94%. Since then it has fallen by 1.57% to 24.37%.

Fraction of Income towards Rent: San Bernardino County CA, California, US

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

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

Date US California San Bernardino County CA
2017 20.13% 24.18% 24.37%
2016 20.43% 24.36% 25.60%
2015 20.63% 24.39% 25.40%
2014 20.89% 24.57% 25.94%
2013 20.78% 24.40% 25.04%
2012 20.65% 24.69% 25.15%
2011 20.70% 24.59% 24.73%
2010 20.50% 24.18% 23.61%
2009 20.12% 23.52% 23.99%
2008 19.00% 22.32% 23.34%
2007 18.66% 21.58% 21.88%
2006 18.90% 21.80% 21.87%

Renter Fraction in San Bernardino County California

You can calculate the renter fraction in San Bernardino 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 San Bernardino County as a fraction of total San Bernardino County households. In 2017 40.80% of households were renters according to Census ACS data.

San Bernardino 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%
San Bernardino County CA 40.80% -1.36% -1.65%

Trends in the San Bernardino County CA Renter Fraction

The San Bernardino County household renter fraction peaked in in 2015 at 42.76% and is now 1.96% below that level. The origin year for the series is 2005.

Fraction of Renting Households: San Bernardino County CA, California, US

Fraction of renters in San Bernardino County

History of San Bernardino County Renter Fraction

Date US California San Bernardino County CA
2017 36.13% 45.21% 40.80%
2016 36.88% 46.36% 42.16%
2015 36.97% 46.41% 42.76%
2014 36.90% 46.27% 42.45%
2013 36.50% 46.21% 40.14%
2012 36.09% 45.97% 40.06%
2011 35.42% 45.12% 37.49%
2010 34.65% 44.36% 37.39%
2009 34.13% 43.43% 36.24%
2008 33.36% 42.95% 37.06%
2007 32.80% 42.00% 34.78%
2006 32.73% 41.55% 33.64%

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.