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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 $697 in 2016 according to the Census ACS survey.1 Average gross rent in Lewiston was $717 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 Lewiston median and average rent data will be released in September of 2018.

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 (2016 dollars)2

2016 1 Year Change 3 Year Change
US Median Gross Rent $981 +0.93% +7.80%
Idaho Median Gross Rent $790 +1.28% +8.37%
Lewiston, ID Median Gross Rent $697 -5.43% +8.40%

Lewiston, ID Real Gross Rent Trends

Median gross rent for Lewiston peaked in real terms in 2015 at $737 and is now $40 (5.43%) lower. At $717, real average gross rent in Lewiston was at its highest level in 2016 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
2016 $981 $790 $697 $717
2015 $972 $780 $737 $696
2014 $942 $761 $690 $683
2013 $910 $729 $643 $602
2012 $898 $713 $649 $629
2011 $898 $711 $648 $637
2010 $912 $729 $679 $700
2009 $916 $755 $642 $632
2008 $932 $780
2007 $885 $734
2006 $895 $731
2005 $869 $709

Lewiston Rental Vacancy Rate

The rental vacancy rate is the fraction of homes for rent that are not occupied.3 In 2015 the rental vacancy rate for Lewiston Idaho was 4.43% according to Census ACS data.

Rental Vacancy Rate in Lewiston Idaho

2016 1 Year Change 3 Year Change
US 5.89% +0.04% -0.60%
Idaho 5.37% +0.40% +0.32%
Lewiston, ID

Trends in Lewiston, ID Rental Vacancy Rate

The rental vacancy rate in Lewiston peaked in 2013 at 8.35%. Since then it has fallen by 3.92% to 4.43%. Data records for this series originated in 2009.

Rental Vacancy Rate: Lewiston ID, Idaho, US

Rental vacancy rate in Idaho

Historical Rental Vacancy Rate data for Lewiston

Date US Idaho Lewiston, ID
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%
2005 7.74% 4.84%

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 17.47% in 2016 according to the ACS.

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

2016 1 Year Change 3 Year Change
US 20.43% -0.20% -0.35%
Idaho 18.30% -0.84% -0.30%
Lewiston, ID 17.47% +0.93% +0.59%

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 1.63% to 17.47%.

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
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%
2005 18.89% 17.20%

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 2016 32.36% of households were renters according to Census ACS data.

Lewiston Fraction of Renters by Household Units

2016 1 Year Change 3 Year Change
US 36.88% -0.09% +0.38%
Idaho 31.54% +0.50% +0.90%
Lewiston, ID 32.36% +3.15% +6.27%

Trends in the Lewiston, ID Renter Fraction

The Lewiston household renter fraction peaked in in 2012 at 38.11% and is now 5.75% below that level. From a recent low of 26.09% in 2013, the household based renter fraction has now grown by 6.27%. 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
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%
2005 33.10% 28.60%

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.