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Rockdale County Georgia Residential Rent and Rental Statistics

The median monthly gross residential rent in Rockdale County GA was $971 in 2017 according to the Census ACS survey.1 Average gross rent in Rockdale County was $960 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 Rockdale County median and average rent data will be released in September of 2019.

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

Show dollars as: Nominal Real

Real Gross Rent in Rockdale 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%
Rockdale County GA Median Gross Rent $971 +0.21% +4.97%

Rockdale County GA Real Gross Rent Trends

Median gross rent for Rockdale County peaked in real terms in 2008 at $1,056 and is now $85 (8.05%) lower. From a recent low of 893.0 in 2012, real median gross rent has now increased by $78 (8.73%). Average gross rent for Rockdale County peaked in real terms in 2008 at $1,059 and is now $99 (9.35%) lower. From a recent low of 844.0 in 2012, real average gross rent has now increased by $116 (13.74%).

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

Lower quartile, median and upper quartile real gross rent

Real Gross Rent History for Rockdale County

Date US
Median
Georgia
Median
Rockdale County GA
Median
Rockdale County GA
Average
2017 $1,012 $958 $971 $960
2016 $996 $948 $969 $1,016
2015 $987 $935 $935 $940
2014 $956 $903 $925 $930
2013 $924 $868 $923 $928
2012 $912 $864 $893 $844
2011 $912 $873 $972 $1,033
2010 $927 $888 $1,014 $1,040
2009 $931 $884 $1,039 $1,040
2008 $947 $904 $1,056 $1,059
2007 $899 $875 $958 $982
2006 $909 $879 $1,011 $986

Rockdale County Rental Vacancy Rate

The rental vacancy rate is the fraction of homes for rent that are not occupied.3 In 2011 the rental vacancy rate for Rockdale County Georgia was 10.36% according to Census ACS data.

Rental Vacancy Rate in Rockdale County Georgia

2017 1 Year Change 3 Year Change
US 6.18% +0.29% -0.14%
Georgia 6.73% +0.58% -1.44%
Rockdale County GA

Trends in Rockdale County GA Rental Vacancy Rate

The rental vacancy rate in Rockdale County peaked in 2008 at 14.05%. Since then it has fallen by 3.69% to 10.36%. Data records for this series originated in 2005.

Rental Vacancy Rate: Rockdale County GA, Georgia, US

Rental vacancy rate in Georgia

Historical Rental Vacancy Rate data for Rockdale County

Date US Georgia Rockdale County GA
2017 6.18% 6.73%
2016 5.89% 6.15%
2015 5.85% 6.47%
2014 6.32% 8.17%
2013 6.49% 9.26%
2012 6.77% 9.53%
2011 7.40% 10.72% 10.36%
2010 8.17% 11.72%
2009 8.43% 12.32%
2008 7.86% 10.89% 14.05%
2007 7.87% 10.54% 10.25%
2006 7.70% 10.33%

Rent as a Fraction of Income

Using median household income data for Rockdale County, we can calculate the fraction of income the median household would use to pay rent at the median monthly gross rent rate. For Rockdale County, median monthly gross rent as a fraction of median household income was 18.66% in 2017 according to the ACS.

Rockdale 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%
Rockdale County GA 18.66% -1.48% -4.63%

Trends in Rockdale County GA Rent as a Fraction of Income

The fraction of median Rockdale County household income required to pay median monthly gross rent peaked in 2014 (relative to the 2005 series origin) at 23.29%. Since then it has fallen by 4.63% to 18.66%.

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

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

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

Date US Georgia Rockdale County GA
2017 20.13% 20.46% 18.66%
2016 20.43% 20.90% 20.15%
2015 20.63% 21.29% 21.49%
2014 20.89% 21.46% 23.29%
2013 20.78% 21.33% 21.80%
2012 20.65% 21.28% 20.70%
2011 20.70% 21.73% 21.81%
2010 20.50% 21.17% 19.61%
2009 20.12% 20.17% 22.81%
2008 19.00% 18.57% 18.77%
2007 18.66% 18.76% 18.27%
2006 18.90% 18.91% 18.67%

Renter Fraction in Rockdale County Georgia

You can calculate the renter fraction in Rockdale 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 Rockdale County as a fraction of total Rockdale County households. In 2017 30.05% of households were renters according to Census ACS data.

Rockdale 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%
Rockdale County GA 30.05% -0.49% -2.65%

Trends in the Rockdale County GA Renter Fraction

The Rockdale County household renter fraction peaked in in 2009 at 33.66% and is now 3.61% below that level. The origin year for the series is 2005.

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

Fraction of renters in Rockdale County

History of Rockdale County Renter Fraction

Date US Georgia Rockdale County GA
2017 36.13% 37.12% 30.05%
2016 36.88% 38.46% 30.54%
2015 36.97% 38.16% 33.47%
2014 36.90% 37.77% 32.70%
2013 36.50% 37.34% 32.73%
2012 36.09% 36.35% 30.49%
2011 35.42% 35.42% 28.53%
2010 34.65% 33.83% 30.82%
2009 34.13% 32.96% 33.66%
2008 33.36% 32.55% 23.56%
2007 32.80% 31.46% 30.76%
2006 32.73% 32.33% 28.23%

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.