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St. Clair County Illinois Residential Rent and Rental Statistics

The median monthly gross residential rent in St. Clair County IL was $822 in 2017 according to the Census ACS survey.1 Average gross rent in St. Clair County was $815 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 St. Clair County median and average rent data will be released in September of 2019.

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

Show dollars as: Nominal Real

Real Gross Rent in St. Clair County Illinois (2017 dollars)2

2017 1 Year Change 3 Year Change
US Median Gross Rent $1,012 +1.61% +5.86%
Illinois Median Gross Rent $974 +0.93% +5.07%
St. Clair County IL Median Gross Rent $822 -4.97% +6.75%

St. Clair County IL Real Gross Rent Trends

Median gross rent for St. Clair County peaked in real terms in 2016 at $865 and is now $43 (4.97%) lower. Average gross rent for St. Clair County peaked in real terms in 2015 at $842 and is now $27 (3.21%) lower.

Real Gross Rent: St. Clair County IL Median, St. Clair County IL Average, Illinois Median, US Median

Lower quartile, median and upper quartile real gross rent

Real Gross Rent History for St. Clair County

Date US
Median
Illinois
Median
St. Clair County IL
Median
St. Clair County IL
Average
2017 $1,012 $974 $822 $815
2016 $996 $965 $865 $841
2015 $987 $963 $828 $842
2014 $956 $927 $770 $768
2013 $924 $904 $845 $838
2012 $912 $896 $817 $806
2011 $912 $900 $782 $760
2010 $927 $919 $843 $836
2009 $931 $915 $786 $796
2008 $947 $932 $813 $791
2007 $899 $892 $792 $767
2006 $909 $906 $807 $823

St. Clair 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 St. Clair County Illinois was 7.03% according to Census ACS data.

Rental Vacancy Rate in St. Clair County Illinois

2017 1 Year Change 3 Year Change
US 6.18% +0.29% -0.14%
Illinois 7.02% +1.01% +0.49%
St. Clair County IL 7.03% +0.21% +1.48%

Trends in St. Clair County IL Rental Vacancy Rate

The rental vacancy rate in St. Clair County peaked in 2015 at 8.78%. Since then it has fallen by 1.75% to 7.03%. Data records for this series originated in 2005.

Rental Vacancy Rate: St. Clair County IL, Illinois, US

Rental vacancy rate in Illinois

Historical Rental Vacancy Rate data for St. Clair County

Date US Illinois St. Clair County IL
2017 6.18% 7.02% 7.03%
2016 5.89% 6.01% 6.82%
2015 5.85% 6.21% 8.78%
2014 6.32% 6.53% 5.55%
2013 6.49% 6.16% 3.90%
2012 6.77% 6.39% 2.92%
2011 7.40% 7.35% 3.89%
2010 8.17% 7.66%
2009 8.43% 7.84% 4.40%
2008 7.86% 6.87% 4.60%
2007 7.87% 7.69% 6.02%
2006 7.70% 8.69%

Rent as a Fraction of Income

Using median household income data for St. Clair County, we can calculate the fraction of income the median household would use to pay rent at the median monthly gross rent rate. For St. Clair County, median monthly gross rent as a fraction of median household income was 19.09% in 2017 according to the ACS.

St. Clair County Illinois Median Annual Rent as a Fraction of Median Household Income

2017 1 Year Change 3 Year Change
US 20.13% -0.30% -0.76%
Illinois 18.55% -0.15% -0.35%
St. Clair County IL 19.09% -1.25% +1.20%

Trends in St. Clair County IL Rent as a Fraction of Income

The fraction of median St. Clair County household income required to pay median monthly gross rent peaked in 2013 (relative to the 2005 series origin) at 20.62%. Since then it has fallen by 1.53% to 19.09%.

Fraction of Income towards Rent: St. Clair County IL, Illinois, US

Percent of median household income going towards median monthly gross rent in St. Clair County Illinois

Historical Data for Annual Rent as a Fraction of Income in St. Clair County Illinois

Date US Illinois St. Clair County IL
2017 20.13% 18.55% 19.09%
2016 20.43% 18.70% 20.34%
2015 20.63% 18.85% 19.19%
2014 20.89% 18.91% 17.89%
2013 20.78% 18.89% 20.62%
2012 20.65% 18.89% 20.44%
2011 20.70% 19.36% 17.81%
2010 20.50% 19.21% 19.80%
2009 20.12% 18.41% 18.42%
2008 19.00% 17.31% 17.74%
2007 18.66% 17.36% 17.96%
2006 18.90% 17.56% 17.44%

Renter Fraction in St. Clair County Illinois

You can calculate the renter fraction in St. Clair 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 St. Clair County as a fraction of total St. Clair County households. In 2017 36.34% of households were renters according to Census ACS data.

St. Clair County Fraction of Renters by Household Units

2017 1 Year Change 3 Year Change
US 36.13% -0.75% -0.77%
Illinois 33.82% -0.92% -0.69%
St. Clair County IL 36.34% -0.40% +0.54%

Trends in the St. Clair County IL Renter Fraction

The St. Clair County household renter fraction peaked in in 2016 at 36.74% and is now 0.40% below that level. The origin year for the series is 2005.

Fraction of Renting Households: St. Clair County IL, Illinois, US

Fraction of renters in St. Clair County

History of St. Clair County Renter Fraction

Date US Illinois St. Clair County IL
2017 36.13% 33.82% 36.34%
2016 36.88% 34.74% 36.74%
2015 36.97% 34.72% 35.52%
2014 36.90% 34.51% 35.80%
2013 36.50% 34.06% 32.56%
2012 36.09% 33.40% 34.45%
2011 35.42% 32.65% 30.95%
2010 34.65% 32.27% 34.75%
2009 34.13% 32.00% 34.07%
2008 33.36% 30.73% 32.74%
2007 32.80% 29.94% 31.84%
2006 32.73% 30.12% 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.