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Dekalb County Georgia Residential Rent and Rental Statistics

The median monthly gross residential rent in Dekalb County GA was $1,123 in 2017 according to the Census ACS survey.1 Average gross rent in Dekalb County was $1,145 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 Dekalb County median and average rent data will be released in September of 2019.

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

Show dollars as: Nominal Real

Real Gross Rent in Dekalb County Georgia (2017 dollars)2

2017 1 Year Change 3 Year Change
US Median Gross Rent $1,012 +1.61% +5.86%
Georgia Median Gross Rent $958 +1.05% +6.09%
Dekalb County GA Median Gross Rent $1,123 +3.79% +12.53%

Dekalb County GA Real Gross Rent Trends

At $1,123, real median gross rent in Dekalb County was at its highest level in 2017 since the series began in 2005. At $1,145, real average gross rent in Dekalb County was at its highest level in 2017 since the series began in 2005.

Real Gross Rent: Dekalb County GA Median, Dekalb County GA Average, Georgia Median, US Median

Lower quartile, median and upper quartile real gross rent

Real Gross Rent History for Dekalb County

Date US
Median
Georgia
Median
Dekalb County GA
Median
Dekalb County GA
Average
2017 $1,012 $958 $1,123 $1,145
2016 $996 $948 $1,082 $1,105
2015 $987 $935 $1,087 $1,132
2014 $956 $903 $998 $1,028
2013 $924 $868 $961 $1,003
2012 $912 $864 $972 $998
2011 $912 $873 $1,006 $1,026
2010 $927 $888 $988 $1,018
2009 $931 $884 $1,020 $1,047
2008 $947 $904 $1,040 $1,044
2007 $899 $875 $1,005 $1,028
2006 $909 $879 $1,015 $1,031

Dekalb 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 Dekalb County Georgia was 5.39% according to Census ACS data.

Rental Vacancy Rate in Dekalb County Georgia

2017 1 Year Change 3 Year Change
US 6.18% +0.29% -0.14%
Georgia 6.73% +0.58% -1.44%
Dekalb County GA 5.39% +1.26% -4.20%

Trends in Dekalb County GA Rental Vacancy Rate

The rental vacancy rate in Dekalb County peaked in 2010 at 14.55%. Since then it has fallen by 9.16% to 5.39%. Data records for this series originated in 2005. From a 2016 post peak low of 4.13%, the rental vacancy rate has increased by 1.26%.

Rental Vacancy Rate: Dekalb County GA, Georgia, US

Rental vacancy rate in Georgia

Historical Rental Vacancy Rate data for Dekalb County

Date US Georgia Dekalb County GA
2017 6.18% 6.73% 5.39%
2016 5.89% 6.15% 4.13%
2015 5.85% 6.47% 5.71%
2014 6.32% 8.17% 9.59%
2013 6.49% 9.26% 7.54%
2012 6.77% 9.53% 13.78%
2011 7.40% 10.72% 11.47%
2010 8.17% 11.72% 14.55%
2009 8.43% 12.32% 13.14%
2008 7.86% 10.89% 9.58%
2007 7.87% 10.54% 10.59%
2006 7.70% 10.33% 11.27%

Rent as a Fraction of Income

Using median household income data for Dekalb County, we can calculate the fraction of income the median household would use to pay rent at the median monthly gross rent rate. For Dekalb County, median monthly gross rent as a fraction of median household income was 21.80% in 2017 according to the ACS.

Dekalb County Georgia Median Annual Rent as a Fraction of Median Household Income

2017 1 Year Change 3 Year Change
US 20.13% -0.30% -0.76%
Georgia 20.46% -0.44% -1.00%
Dekalb County GA 21.80% -0.98% -1.35%

Trends in Dekalb County GA Rent as a Fraction of Income

The fraction of median Dekalb County household income required to pay median monthly gross rent peaked in 2011 (relative to the 2005 series origin) at 23.85%. Since then it has fallen by 2.06% to 21.80%.

Fraction of Income towards Rent: Dekalb County GA, Georgia, US

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

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

Date US Georgia Dekalb County GA
2017 20.13% 20.46% 21.80%
2016 20.43% 20.90% 22.78%
2015 20.63% 21.29% 23.46%
2014 20.89% 21.46% 23.15%
2013 20.78% 21.33% 22.68%
2012 20.65% 21.28% 23.03%
2011 20.70% 21.73% 23.85%
2010 20.50% 21.17% 23.38%
2009 20.12% 20.17% 22.08%
2008 19.00% 18.57% 19.75%
2007 18.66% 18.76% 20.47%
2006 18.90% 18.91% 20.30%

Renter Fraction in Dekalb County Georgia

You can calculate the renter fraction in Dekalb 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 Dekalb County as a fraction of total Dekalb County households. In 2017 46.40% of households were renters according to Census ACS data.

Dekalb County Fraction of Renters by Household Units

2017 1 Year Change 3 Year Change
US 36.13% -0.75% -0.77%
Georgia 37.12% -1.34% -0.65%
Dekalb County GA 46.40% -2.94% +1.43%

Trends in the Dekalb County GA Renter Fraction

The Dekalb County household renter fraction peaked in in 2016 at 49.34% and is now 2.94% below that level. The origin year for the series is 2005.

Fraction of Renting Households: Dekalb County GA, Georgia, US

Fraction of renters in Dekalb County

History of Dekalb County Renter Fraction

Date US Georgia Dekalb County GA
2017 36.13% 37.12% 46.40%
2016 36.88% 38.46% 49.34%
2015 36.97% 38.16% 46.60%
2014 36.90% 37.77% 44.97%
2013 36.50% 37.34% 47.19%
2012 36.09% 36.35% 43.26%
2011 35.42% 35.42% 43.15%
2010 34.65% 33.83% 43.44%
2009 34.13% 32.96% 41.09%
2008 33.36% 32.55% 38.26%
2007 32.80% 31.46% 38.72%
2006 32.73% 32.33% 39.30%

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.