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Athens Georgia Residential Rent and Rental Statistics

The median monthly gross residential rent in Athens, GA (the Athens-Clarke County metro area) was $764 in 2016 according to the Census ACS survey.1 Average gross rent in Athens was $783 in 2016. The median rent more accurately depicts rental rates in the middle of the distribution of rents and is thus preferred in the analysis below. 2017 Athens median and average rent data will be released in September of 2018.

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

Show dollars as: Nominal Real

Real Gross Rent in Athens Georgia (2016 dollars)2

2016 1 Year Change 3 Year Change
US Median Gross Rent $981 +0.93% +7.80%
Georgia Median Gross Rent $933 +1.30% +9.12%
Athens, GA Median Gross Rent $764 -5.56% +1.87%

Athens, GA Real Gross Rent Trends

Median gross rent for Athens peaked in real terms in 2014 at $822 and is now $58 (7.06%) lower. Average gross rent for Athens peaked in real terms in 2005 at $831 and is now $48 (5.78%) lower. From a recent low of 727.0 in 2011, real average gross rent has now increased by $56 (7.70%).

Real Gross Rent in Athens: Athens GA Median, Athens GA Average, Georgia Median, US Median

Lower quartile, median and upper quartile real gross rent

Real Gross Rent History for Athens

Date US
Median
Georgia
Median
Athens, GA
Median
Athens, GA
Average
2016 $981 $933 $764 $783
2015 $972 $921 $809 $814
2014 $942 $889 $822 $822
2013 $910 $855 $750 $811
2012 $898 $850 $783 $762
2011 $898 $859 $741 $727
2010 $912 $874 $799 $820
2009 $916 $871 $804 $793
2008 $932 $890 $782 $813
2007 $885 $862 $776 $749
2006 $895 $865 $759 $800
2005 $869 $846 $805 $831

Athens Rental Vacancy Rate

The rental vacancy rate is the fraction of homes for rent that are not occupied.3 In 2016 the rental vacancy rate for Athens Georgia was 1.96% according to Census ACS data.

Rental Vacancy Rate in Athens Georgia

2016 1 Year Change 3 Year Change
US 5.89% +0.04% -0.60%
Georgia 6.15% -0.32% -3.11%
Athens, GA 1.96% -3.52% -4.54%

Trends in Athens, GA Rental Vacancy Rate

The rental vacancy rate in Athens peaked in 2010 at 19.92%. Since then it has fallen by 17.96% to 1.96%. Data records for this series originated in 2005.

Rental Vacancy Rate: Athens GA, Georgia, US

Rental vacancy rate in Georgia

Historical Rental Vacancy Rate data for Athens

Date US Georgia Athens, GA
2016 5.89% 6.15% 1.96%
2015 5.85% 6.47% 5.48%
2014 6.32% 8.17% 10.75%
2013 6.49% 9.26% 6.50%
2012 6.77% 9.53% 14.16%
2011 7.40% 10.72% 17.22%
2010 8.17% 11.72% 19.92%
2009 8.43% 12.32% 18.71%
2008 7.86% 10.89% 14.99%
2007 7.87% 10.54% 7.64%
2006 7.70% 10.33% 10.51%
2005 7.74% 11.53% 12.76%

Rent as a Fraction of Income

Using median household income data for Athens, we can calculate the fraction of income the median household would use to pay rent at the median monthly gross rent rate. For Athens, median monthly gross rent as a fraction of median household income was 21.24% in 2016 according to the ACS.

Athens Georgia Median Annual Rent as a Fraction of Median Household Income

2016 1 Year Change 3 Year Change
US 20.43% -0.20% -0.35%
Georgia 20.90% -0.38% -0.42%
Athens, GA 21.24% -3.57% -2.18%

Trends in Athens, GA Rent as a Fraction of Income

The fraction of median Athens household income required to pay median monthly gross rent peaked in 2015 (relative to the 2005 series origin) at 24.81%. Since then it has fallen by 3.57% to 21.24%.

Fraction of Income towards Rent: Athens GA, Georgia, US

Percent of median household income going towards median monthly gross rent in Athens Georgia

Historical Data for Annual Rent as a Fraction of Income in Athens Georgia

Date US Georgia Athens, GA
2016 20.43% 20.90% 21.24%
2015 20.63% 21.29% 24.81%
2014 20.89% 21.46% 23.42%
2013 20.78% 21.33% 23.42%
2012 20.65% 21.28% 24.33%
2011 20.70% 21.73% 22.28%
2010 20.50% 21.17% 22.25%
2009 20.12% 20.17% 22.74%
2008 19.00% 18.57% 20.02%
2007 18.66% 18.76% 20.37%
2006 18.90% 18.91% 21.10%
2005 18.89% 18.66% 23.14%

Renter Fraction in Athens Georgia

You can calculate the renter fraction in Athens 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 Athens as a fraction of total Athens households. In 2016 49.14% of households were renters according to Census ACS data.

Athens Fraction of Renters by Household Units

2016 1 Year Change 3 Year Change
US 36.88% -0.09% +0.38%
Georgia 38.46% +0.30% +1.12%
Athens, GA 49.14% +2.60% +0.66%

Trends in the Athens, GA Renter Fraction

At 49.14%, the 2016 household based renter fraction in Athens was at its highest level. The origin year for the series is 2005.

Fraction of Renting Households: Athens GA, Georgia, US

Fraction of renters in Athens

History of Athens Renter Fraction

Date US Georgia Athens, GA
2016 36.88% 38.46% 49.14%
2015 36.97% 38.16% 46.54%
2014 36.90% 37.77% 48.58%
2013 36.50% 37.34% 48.48%
2012 36.09% 36.35% 43.88%
2011 35.42% 35.42% 43.41%
2010 34.65% 33.83% 40.88%
2009 34.13% 32.96% 40.56%
2008 33.36% 32.55% 40.85%
2007 32.80% 31.46% 40.23%
2006 32.73% 32.33% 43.08%
2005 33.10% 33.19% 44.93%

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.