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Whitfield County Georgia Residential Rent and Rental Statistics

The median monthly gross residential rent in Whitfield County GA was $714 in 2017 according to the Census ACS survey.1 Average gross rent in Whitfield County was $665 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 Whitfield County median and average rent data will be released in September of 2019.

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

Show dollars as: Nominal Real

Real Gross Rent in Whitfield 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%
Whitfield County GA Median Gross Rent $714 +0.99% +9.01%

Whitfield County GA Real Gross Rent Trends

Median gross rent for Whitfield County peaked in real terms in 2010 at $741 and is now $27 (3.64%) lower. From a recent low of 647.0 in 2012, real median gross rent has now increased by $67 (10.36%). Average gross rent for Whitfield County peaked in real terms in 2010 at $726 and is now $61 (8.40%) lower. From a recent low of 612.0 in 2012, real average gross rent has now increased by $53 (8.66%).

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

Lower quartile, median and upper quartile real gross rent

Real Gross Rent History for Whitfield County

Date US
Median
Georgia
Median
Whitfield County GA
Median
Whitfield County GA
Average
2017 $1,012 $958 $714 $665
2016 $996 $948 $707 $658
2015 $987 $935 $700 $724
2014 $956 $903 $655 $632
2013 $924 $868 $669 $656
2012 $912 $864 $647 $612
2011 $912 $873 $726 $641
2010 $927 $888 $741 $726
2009 $931 $884 $674 $682
2008 $947 $904 $716 $681
2007 $899 $875 $676 $614
2006 $909 $879 $648 $616

Whitfield County Rental Vacancy Rate

The rental vacancy rate is the fraction of homes for rent that are not occupied.3 In 2012 the rental vacancy rate for Whitfield County Georgia was 14.55% according to Census ACS data.

Rental Vacancy Rate in Whitfield County Georgia

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

Trends in Whitfield County GA Rental Vacancy Rate

The rental vacancy rate in Whitfield County peaked in 2009 at 24.18%. Since then it has fallen by 9.63% to 14.55%. Data records for this series originated in 2005.

Rental Vacancy Rate: Whitfield County GA, Georgia, US

Rental vacancy rate in Georgia

Historical Rental Vacancy Rate data for Whitfield County

Date US Georgia Whitfield 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% 14.55%
2011 7.40% 10.72%
2010 8.17% 11.72%
2009 8.43% 12.32% 24.18%
2008 7.86% 10.89%
2007 7.87% 10.54%
2006 7.70% 10.33%

Rent as a Fraction of Income

Using median household income data for Whitfield County, we can calculate the fraction of income the median household would use to pay rent at the median monthly gross rent rate. For Whitfield County, median monthly gross rent as a fraction of median household income was 21.04% in 2017 according to the ACS.

Whitfield 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%
Whitfield County GA 21.04% +3.04% +2.79%

Trends in Whitfield County GA Rent as a Fraction of Income

The fraction of median Whitfield County household income required to pay median monthly gross rent peaked in 2011 (relative to the 2005 series origin) at 22.52%. Since then it has fallen by 1.48% to 21.04%.

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

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

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

Date US Georgia Whitfield County GA
2017 20.13% 20.46% 21.04%
2016 20.43% 20.90% 18.00%
2015 20.63% 21.29% 17.78%
2014 20.89% 21.46% 18.26%
2013 20.78% 21.33% 20.62%
2012 20.65% 21.28% 21.51%
2011 20.70% 21.73% 22.52%
2010 20.50% 21.17% 20.82%
2009 20.12% 20.17% 18.70%
2008 19.00% 18.57% 17.17%
2007 18.66% 18.76% 17.61%
2006 18.90% 18.91% 16.17%

Renter Fraction in Whitfield County Georgia

You can calculate the renter fraction in Whitfield 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 Whitfield County as a fraction of total Whitfield County households. In 2017 42.32% of households were renters according to Census ACS data.

Whitfield 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%
Whitfield County GA 42.32% +6.74% +5.81%

Trends in the Whitfield County GA Renter Fraction

At 42.32%, the 2017 household based renter fraction in Whitfield County was at its highest level. The origin year for the series is 2005.

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

Fraction of renters in Whitfield County

History of Whitfield County Renter Fraction

Date US Georgia Whitfield County GA
2017 36.13% 37.12% 42.32%
2016 36.88% 38.46% 35.58%
2015 36.97% 38.16% 38.55%
2014 36.90% 37.77% 36.51%
2013 36.50% 37.34% 38.21%
2012 36.09% 36.35% 35.58%
2011 35.42% 35.42% 36.61%
2010 34.65% 33.83% 33.69%
2009 34.13% 32.96% 33.27%
2008 33.36% 32.55% 29.58%
2007 32.80% 31.46% 31.97%
2006 32.73% 32.33% 30.04%

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.