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Middlesex County Connecticut Residential Rent and Rental Statistics

The median monthly gross residential rent in Middlesex County CT was $1,121 in 2017 according to the Census ACS survey.1 Average gross rent in Middlesex County was $1,039 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 Middlesex County median and average rent data will be released in September of 2019.

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

Show dollars as: Nominal Real

Real Gross Rent in Middlesex County Connecticut (2017 dollars)2

2017 1 Year Change 3 Year Change
US Median Gross Rent $1,012 +1.61% +5.86%
Connecticut Median Gross Rent $1,125 -0.62% +2.09%
Middlesex County CT Median Gross Rent $1,121 +0.36% -3.69%

Middlesex County CT Real Gross Rent Trends

Median gross rent for Middlesex County peaked in real terms in 2014 at $1,164 and is now $43 (3.69%) lower. Average gross rent for Middlesex County peaked in real terms in 2011 at $1,161 and is now $122 (10.51%) lower. From a recent low of 968.0 in 2013, real average gross rent has now increased by $71 (7.33%).

Real Gross Rent: Middlesex County CT Median, Middlesex County CT Average, Connecticut Median, US Median

Lower quartile, median and upper quartile real gross rent

Real Gross Rent History for Middlesex County

Date US
Median
Connecticut
Median
Middlesex County CT
Median
Middlesex County CT
Average
2017 $1,012 $1,125 $1,121 $1,039
2016 $996 $1,132 $1,117 $1,062
2015 $987 $1,140 $1,160 $1,069
2014 $956 $1,102 $1,164 $1,161
2013 $924 $1,062 $978 $968
2012 $912 $1,051 $1,021 $979
2011 $912 $1,070 $1,157 $1,161
2010 $927 $1,075 $1,040 $1,047
2009 $931 $1,112 $989 $1,020
2008 $947 $1,114 $1,095 $1,044
2007 $899 $1,061 $1,076 $1,033
2006 $909 $1,055 $999 $1,054

Middlesex 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 Middlesex County Connecticut was 4.60% according to Census ACS data.

Rental Vacancy Rate in Middlesex County Connecticut

2017 1 Year Change 3 Year Change
US 6.18% +0.29% -0.14%
Connecticut 7.02% +1.46% +0.30%
Middlesex County CT 4.60% -3.02% +1.50%

Trends in Middlesex County CT Rental Vacancy Rate

The rental vacancy rate in Middlesex County peaked in 2013 at 10.58%. Since then it has fallen by 5.98% to 4.60%. Data records for this series originated in 2005. From a 2014 post peak low of 3.10%, the rental vacancy rate has increased by 1.50%.

Rental Vacancy Rate: Middlesex County CT, Connecticut, US

Rental vacancy rate in Connecticut

Historical Rental Vacancy Rate data for Middlesex County

Date US Connecticut Middlesex County CT
2017 6.18% 7.02% 4.60%
2016 5.89% 5.56% 7.62%
2015 5.85% 6.78% 9.69%
2014 6.32% 6.72% 3.10%
2013 6.49% 6.58% 10.58%
2012 6.77% 6.97%
2011 7.40% 7.87% 6.65%
2010 8.17% 7.09% 6.28%
2009 8.43% 7.84% 8.20%
2008 7.86% 7.27% 3.84%
2007 7.87% 7.33% 5.09%
2006 7.70% 6.16% 3.91%

Rent as a Fraction of Income

Using median household income data for Middlesex County, we can calculate the fraction of income the median household would use to pay rent at the median monthly gross rent rate. For Middlesex County, median monthly gross rent as a fraction of median household income was 16.89% in 2017 according to the ACS.

Middlesex County Connecticut Median Annual Rent as a Fraction of Median Household Income

2017 1 Year Change 3 Year Change
US 20.13% -0.30% -0.76%
Connecticut 18.20% -0.02% -0.23%
Middlesex County CT 16.89% +0.34% -1.09%

Trends in Middlesex County CT Rent as a Fraction of Income

The fraction of median Middlesex County household income required to pay median monthly gross rent peaked in 2014 (relative to the 2005 series origin) at 17.98%. Since then it has fallen by 1.09% to 16.89%.

Fraction of Income towards Rent: Middlesex County CT, Connecticut, US

Percent of median household income going towards median monthly gross rent in Middlesex County Connecticut

Historical Data for Annual Rent as a Fraction of Income in Middlesex County Connecticut

Date US Connecticut Middlesex County CT
2017 20.13% 18.20% 16.89%
2016 20.43% 18.22% 16.55%
2015 20.63% 18.64% 16.19%
2014 20.89% 18.43% 17.98%
2013 20.78% 18.60% 15.27%
2012 20.65% 18.18% 15.95%
2011 20.70% 18.63% 17.18%
2010 20.50% 18.59% 16.56%
2009 20.12% 18.01% 14.33%
2008 19.00% 16.97% 15.28%
2007 18.66% 16.94% 15.68%
2006 18.90% 16.76% 14.65%

Renter Fraction in Middlesex County Connecticut

You can calculate the renter fraction in Middlesex 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 Middlesex County as a fraction of total Middlesex County households. In 2017 28.51% of households were renters according to Census ACS data.

Middlesex County Fraction of Renters by Household Units

2017 1 Year Change 3 Year Change
US 36.13% -0.75% -0.77%
Connecticut 33.80% -1.43% +0.18%
Middlesex County CT 28.51% -0.38% +2.01%

Trends in the Middlesex County CT Renter Fraction

The Middlesex County household renter fraction peaked in in 2016 at 28.89% and is now 0.38% below that level. The origin year for the series is 2005.

Fraction of Renting Households: Middlesex County CT, Connecticut, US

Fraction of renters in Middlesex County

History of Middlesex County Renter Fraction

Date US Connecticut Middlesex County CT
2017 36.13% 33.80% 28.51%
2016 36.88% 35.23% 28.89%
2015 36.97% 33.84% 24.93%
2014 36.90% 33.62% 26.50%
2013 36.50% 33.69% 24.27%
2012 36.09% 33.09% 24.96%
2011 35.42% 32.60% 25.46%
2010 34.65% 32.03% 24.34%
2009 34.13% 31.15% 22.44%
2008 33.36% 31.01% 24.86%
2007 32.80% 29.97% 24.67%
2006 32.73% 30.48% 26.12%

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.