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Lewiston Idaho Residential Rent and Rental Statistics

The median monthly gross residential rent in Lewiston, ID (the Lewiston metro area) was $668 in 2017 according to the Census ACS survey.1 Average gross rent in Lewiston was $753 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 Lewiston median and average rent data will be released in September of 2019.

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

Show dollars as: Nominal Real

Real Gross Rent in Lewiston Idaho (2017 dollars)2

2017 1 Year Change 3 Year Change
US Median Gross Rent $1,012 +1.61% +5.86%
Idaho Median Gross Rent $822 +2.49% +6.34%
Lewiston, ID Median Gross Rent $668 -5.65% -4.57%

Lewiston, ID Real Gross Rent Trends

Median gross rent for Lewiston peaked in real terms in 2015 at $748 and is now $80 (10.70%) lower. At $753, real average gross rent in Lewiston was at its highest level in 2017 since the series began in 2009.

Real Gross Rent in Lewiston: Lewiston ID Median, Lewiston ID Average, Idaho Median, US Median

Lower quartile, median and upper quartile real gross rent

Real Gross Rent History for Lewiston

Date US
Median
Idaho
Median
Lewiston, ID
Median
Lewiston, ID
Average
2017 $1,012 $822 $668 $753
2016 $996 $802 $708 $728
2015 $987 $792 $748 $707
2014 $956 $773 $700 $693
2013 $924 $740 $653 $612
2012 $912 $724 $659 $639
2011 $912 $722 $658 $647
2010 $927 $740 $689 $711
2009 $931 $767 $652 $642
2008 $947 $793
2007 $899 $745
2006 $909 $742

Lewiston 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 Lewiston Idaho was 13.82% according to Census ACS data.

Rental Vacancy Rate in Lewiston Idaho

2017 1 Year Change 3 Year Change
US 6.18% +0.29% -0.14%
Idaho 6.21% +0.84% +0.98%
Lewiston, ID 13.82%

Trends in Lewiston, ID Rental Vacancy Rate

At 13.82%, Lewiston residential rental vacancy rate in 2017 is at the highest point since 2009, the beginning of our reporting for this series.

Rental Vacancy Rate: Lewiston ID, Idaho, US

Rental vacancy rate in Idaho

Historical Rental Vacancy Rate data for Lewiston

Date US Idaho Lewiston, ID
2017 6.18% 6.21% 13.82%
2016 5.89% 5.37%
2015 5.85% 4.97% 4.43%
2014 6.32% 5.23%
2013 6.49% 5.05% 8.35%
2012 6.77% 6.45%
2011 7.40% 5.53% 3.32%
2010 8.17% 7.93%
2009 8.43% 8.58% 8.09%
2008 7.86% 7.56%
2007 7.87% 6.21%
2006 7.70% 5.25%

Rent as a Fraction of Income

Using median household income data for Lewiston, we can calculate the fraction of income the median household would use to pay rent at the median monthly gross rent rate. For Lewiston, median monthly gross rent as a fraction of median household income was 14.54% in 2017 according to the ACS.

Lewiston Idaho Median Annual Rent as a Fraction of Median Household Income

2017 1 Year Change 3 Year Change
US 20.13% -0.30% -0.76%
Idaho 18.89% +0.59% -0.04%
Lewiston, ID 14.54% -2.93% -3.72%

Trends in Lewiston, ID Rent as a Fraction of Income

The fraction of median Lewiston household income required to pay median monthly gross rent peaked in 2010 (relative to the 2009 series origin) at 19.10%. Since then it has fallen by 4.56% to 14.54%.

Fraction of Income towards Rent: Lewiston ID, Idaho, US

Percent of median household income going towards median monthly gross rent in Lewiston Idaho

Historical Data for Annual Rent as a Fraction of Income in Lewiston Idaho

Date US Idaho Lewiston, ID
2017 20.13% 18.89% 14.54%
2016 20.43% 18.30% 17.47%
2015 20.63% 19.14% 16.54%
2014 20.89% 18.93% 18.27%
2013 20.78% 18.60% 16.88%
2012 20.65% 18.52% 17.21%
2011 20.70% 19.08% 17.76%
2010 20.50% 18.85% 19.10%
2009 20.12% 18.54% 16.42%
2008 19.00% 17.40%
2007 18.66% 16.97%
2006 18.90% 17.44%

Renter Fraction in Lewiston Idaho

You can calculate the renter fraction in Lewiston 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 Lewiston as a fraction of total Lewiston households. In 2017 24.47% of households were renters according to Census ACS data.

Lewiston Fraction of Renters by Household Units

2017 1 Year Change 3 Year Change
US 36.13% -0.75% -0.77%
Idaho 30.34% -1.20% -1.64%
Lewiston, ID 24.47% -7.89% -9.45%

Trends in the Lewiston, ID Renter Fraction

The Lewiston household renter fraction peaked in in 2012 at 38.11% and is now 13.64% below that level. The origin year for the series is 2009.

Fraction of Renting Households: Lewiston ID, Idaho, US

Fraction of renters in Lewiston

History of Lewiston Renter Fraction

Date US Idaho Lewiston, ID
2017 36.13% 30.34% 24.47%
2016 36.88% 31.54% 32.36%
2015 36.97% 31.04% 29.21%
2014 36.90% 31.98% 33.92%
2013 36.50% 30.64% 26.09%
2012 36.09% 31.63% 38.11%
2011 35.42% 31.26% 29.45%
2010 34.65% 30.38% 27.98%
2009 34.13% 28.47% 34.67%
2008 33.36% 29.14%
2007 32.80% 27.95%
2006 32.73% 28.73%

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.