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Douglas County Colorado Residential Rent and Rental Statistics

The median monthly gross residential rent in Douglas County CO was $1,631 in 2017 according to the Census ACS survey.1 Average gross rent in Douglas County was $1,658 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 Douglas County median and average rent data will be released in September of 2019.

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

Show dollars as: Nominal Real

Real Gross Rent in Douglas County Colorado (2017 dollars)2

2017 1 Year Change 3 Year Change
US Median Gross Rent $1,012 +1.61% +5.86%
Colorado Median Gross Rent $1,240 +4.29% +18.77%
Douglas County CO Median Gross Rent $1,631 +5.09% +10.13%

Douglas County CO Real Gross Rent Trends

At $1,631, real median gross rent in Douglas County was at its highest level in 2017 since the series began in 2005. Average gross rent for Douglas County peaked in real terms in 2015 at $1,688 and is now $30 (1.78%) lower.

Real Gross Rent: Douglas County CO Median, Douglas County CO Average, Colorado Median, US Median

Lower quartile, median and upper quartile real gross rent

Real Gross Rent History for Douglas County

Date US
Median
Colorado
Median
Douglas County CO
Median
Douglas County CO
Average
2017 $1,012 $1,240 $1,631 $1,658
2016 $996 $1,189 $1,552 $1,623
2015 $987 $1,143 $1,607 $1,688
2014 $956 $1,044 $1,481 $1,559
2013 $924 $992 $1,452 $1,526
2012 $912 $964 $1,247 $1,368
2011 $912 $943 $1,324 $1,397
2010 $927 $935 $1,341 $1,418
2009 $931 $941 $1,281 $1,375
2008 $947 $974 $1,372 $1,431
2007 $899 $898 $1,213 $1,297
2006 $909 $929 $1,210 $1,284

Douglas 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 Douglas County Colorado was 7.97% according to Census ACS data.

Rental Vacancy Rate in Douglas County Colorado

2017 1 Year Change 3 Year Change
US 6.18% +0.29% -0.14%
Colorado 5.18% +0.89% +0.33%
Douglas County CO 7.97% +3.72% +0.56%

Trends in Douglas County CO Rental Vacancy Rate

At 7.97%, Douglas County residential rental vacancy rate in 2017 is at the highest point since 2005, the beginning of our reporting for this series.

Rental Vacancy Rate: Douglas County CO, Colorado, US

Rental vacancy rate in Colorado

Historical Rental Vacancy Rate data for Douglas County

Date US Colorado Douglas County CO
2017 6.18% 5.18% 7.97%
2016 5.89% 4.29% 4.25%
2015 5.85% 4.47% 2.18%
2014 6.32% 4.85% 7.41%
2013 6.49% 5.26% 3.87%
2012 6.77% 5.69% 7.70%
2011 7.40% 5.63% 4.98%
2010 8.17% 6.72% 5.49%
2009 8.43% 8.00% 6.92%
2008 7.86% 7.45%
2007 7.87% 8.63% 6.99%
2006 7.70% 8.36% 6.60%

Rent as a Fraction of Income

Using median household income data for Douglas County, we can calculate the fraction of income the median household would use to pay rent at the median monthly gross rent rate. For Douglas County, median monthly gross rent as a fraction of median household income was 17.56% in 2017 according to the ACS.

Douglas County Colorado Median Annual Rent as a Fraction of Median Household Income

2017 1 Year Change 3 Year Change
US 20.13% -0.30% -0.76%
Colorado 21.53% +0.14% +1.56%
Douglas County CO 17.56% +0.78% +0.75%

Trends in Douglas County CO Rent as a Fraction of Income

Douglas County renters paid 17.56% of median household income towards the median monthly gross rent in 2017. This is the highest fraction of median household income going to rent since the series originated in 2005.

Fraction of Income towards Rent: Douglas County CO, Colorado, US

Percent of median household income going towards median monthly gross rent in Douglas County Colorado

Historical Data for Annual Rent as a Fraction of Income in Douglas County Colorado

Date US Colorado Douglas County CO
2017 20.13% 21.53% 17.56%
2016 20.43% 21.39% 16.78%
2015 20.63% 20.86% 17.41%
2014 20.89% 19.97% 16.81%
2013 20.78% 19.81% 16.57%
2012 20.65% 19.74% 15.22%
2011 20.70% 19.50% 16.21%
2010 20.50% 19.16% 15.64%
2009 20.12% 18.42% 13.99%
2008 19.00% 17.85% 14.49%
2007 18.66% 17.13% 13.77%
2006 18.90% 17.99% 13.23%

Renter Fraction in Douglas County Colorado

You can calculate the renter fraction in Douglas 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 Douglas County as a fraction of total Douglas County households. In 2017 22.11% of households were renters according to Census ACS data.

Douglas County Fraction of Renters by Household Units

2017 1 Year Change 3 Year Change
US 36.13% -0.75% -0.77%
Colorado 34.80% -0.44% -1.34%
Douglas County CO 22.11% +1.55% +1.45%

Trends in the Douglas County CO Renter Fraction

The Douglas County household renter fraction peaked in in 2011 at 22.38% and is now 0.27% below that level. The origin year for the series is 2005.

Fraction of Renting Households: Douglas County CO, Colorado, US

Fraction of renters in Douglas County

History of Douglas County Renter Fraction

Date US Colorado Douglas County CO
2017 36.13% 34.80% 22.11%
2016 36.88% 35.24% 20.56%
2015 36.97% 36.25% 22.32%
2014 36.90% 36.14% 20.66%
2013 36.50% 35.49% 20.02%
2012 36.09% 35.97% 18.86%
2011 35.42% 35.62% 22.38%
2010 34.65% 34.06% 17.92%
2009 34.13% 32.99% 17.51%
2008 33.36% 32.51% 20.25%
2007 32.80% 31.17% 17.63%
2006 32.73% 31.27% 16.19%

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.