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Columbus Georgia Residential Rent and Rental Statistics

The median monthly gross residential rent in Columbus, GA (the Columbus metro area) was $833 in 2016 according to the Census ACS survey.1 Average gross rent in Columbus was $864 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 Columbus median and average rent data will be released in September of 2018.

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

Show dollars as: Nominal Real

Real Gross Rent in Columbus 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%
Columbus, GA Median Gross Rent $833 +0.48% +5.18%

Columbus, GA Real Gross Rent Trends

At $833, real median gross rent in Columbus was at its highest level in 2016 since the series began in 2005. At $864, real average gross rent in Columbus was at its highest level in 2016 since the series began in 2005.

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

Lower quartile, median and upper quartile real gross rent

Real Gross Rent History for Columbus

Date US
Median
Georgia
Median
Columbus, GA
Median
Columbus, GA
Average
2016 $981 $933 $833 $864
2015 $972 $921 $829 $863
2014 $942 $889 $817 $821
2013 $910 $855 $792 $799
2012 $898 $850 $782 $777
2011 $898 $859 $784 $790
2010 $912 $874 $807 $781
2009 $916 $871 $801 $775
2008 $932 $890 $765 $770
2007 $885 $862 $762 $720
2006 $895 $865 $767 $713
2005 $869 $846 $677 $608

Columbus 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 Columbus Georgia was 5.60% according to Census ACS data.

Rental Vacancy Rate in Columbus Georgia

2016 1 Year Change 3 Year Change
US 5.89% +0.04% -0.60%
Georgia 6.15% -0.32% -3.11%
Columbus, GA 5.60% +1.32% -3.62%

Trends in Columbus, GA Rental Vacancy Rate

The rental vacancy rate in Columbus peaked in 2006 at 15.32%. Since then it has fallen by 9.72% to 5.60%. Data records for this series originated in 2005. From a 2015 post peak low of 4.28%, the rental vacancy rate has increased by 1.32%.

Rental Vacancy Rate: Columbus GA, Georgia, US

Rental vacancy rate in Georgia

Historical Rental Vacancy Rate data for Columbus

Date US Georgia Columbus, GA
2016 5.89% 6.15% 5.60%
2015 5.85% 6.47% 4.28%
2014 6.32% 8.17% 6.49%
2013 6.49% 9.26% 9.22%
2012 6.77% 9.53% 9.95%
2011 7.40% 10.72% 11.18%
2010 8.17% 11.72% 11.15%
2009 8.43% 12.32% 10.01%
2008 7.86% 10.89% 11.68%
2007 7.87% 10.54% 15.17%
2006 7.70% 10.33% 15.32%
2005 7.74% 11.53% 15.30%

Rent as a Fraction of Income

Using median household income data for Columbus, we can calculate the fraction of income the median household would use to pay rent at the median monthly gross rent rate. For Columbus, median monthly gross rent as a fraction of median household income was 23.03% in 2016 according to the ACS.

Columbus 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%
Columbus, GA 23.03% -0.57% -0.39%

Trends in Columbus, GA Rent as a Fraction of Income

The fraction of median Columbus household income required to pay median monthly gross rent peaked in 2010 (relative to the 2005 series origin) at 24.82%. Since then it has fallen by 1.79% to 23.03%.

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

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

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

Date US Georgia Columbus, GA
2016 20.43% 20.90% 23.03%
2015 20.63% 21.29% 23.60%
2014 20.89% 21.46% 22.78%
2013 20.78% 21.33% 23.41%
2012 20.65% 21.28% 21.50%
2011 20.70% 21.73% 23.05%
2010 20.50% 21.17% 24.82%
2009 20.12% 20.17% 21.90%
2008 19.00% 18.57% 21.04%
2007 18.66% 18.76% 19.43%
2006 18.90% 18.91% 19.87%
2005 18.89% 18.66% 20.34%

Renter Fraction in Columbus Georgia

You can calculate the renter fraction in Columbus 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 Columbus as a fraction of total Columbus households. In 2016 46.71% of households were renters according to Census ACS data.

Columbus 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%
Columbus, GA 46.71% -1.08% +0.45%

Trends in the Columbus, GA Renter Fraction

The Columbus household renter fraction peaked in in 2015 at 47.79% and is now 1.08% below that level. The origin year for the series is 2005.

Fraction of Renting Households: Columbus GA, Georgia, US

Fraction of renters in Columbus

History of Columbus Renter Fraction

Date US Georgia Columbus, GA
2016 36.88% 38.46% 46.71%
2015 36.97% 38.16% 47.79%
2014 36.90% 37.77% 47.44%
2013 36.50% 37.34% 46.26%
2012 36.09% 36.35% 42.57%
2011 35.42% 35.42% 42.75%
2010 34.65% 33.83% 41.67%
2009 34.13% 32.96% 40.38%
2008 33.36% 32.55% 38.81%
2007 32.80% 31.46% 37.58%
2006 32.73% 32.33% 39.28%
2005 33.10% 33.19% 42.35%

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.