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Kansas Residential Rent and Rental Statistics

The median monthly gross residential rent in Kansas was $815 in 2017 according to the Census ACS survey.1 Average gross rent was $824 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 Kansas median and average rent data will be released in September of 2019.

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

Show dollars as: Nominal Real

Real Gross Rent in Kansas (2017 dollars)2

2017 1 Year Change 3 Year Change
US Median Gross Rent $1,012 +1.61% +5.86%
Kansas Median Gross Rent $815 +1.75% +3.03%

Kansas Real Gross Rent Trends

At $815, real median gross rent in Kansas was at its highest level in 2017 since the series began in 2005. Average gross rent for Kansas peaked in real terms in 2016 at $827 and is now $3 (0.36%) lower.

Real Gross Rent in Kansas: Median, Average, US Median

Lower quartile, median and upper quartile real gross rent

Real Gross Rent History for Kansas

Date US Median Kansas Median Kansas Average
2017 $1,012 $815 $824
2016 $996 $801 $827
2015 $987 $805 $815
2014 $956 $791 $799
2013 $924 $761 $774
2012 $912 $734 $759
2011 $912 $743 $756
2010 $927 $739 $754
2009 $931 $742 $752
2008 $947 $751 $758
2007 $899 $710 $705
2006 $909 $725 $734

Kansas 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 Kansas was 7.49% according to Census ACS data.

Rental Vacancy Rate in Kansas

2017 1 Year Change 3 Year Change
US 6.18% +0.29% -0.14%
Kansas 7.49% -0.81% -0.96%

Trends in Kansas Rental Vacancy Rate

The rental vacancy rate in Kansas peaked in 2005 at 10.02%. Since then it has fallen by 2.53% to 7.49%. Data records for this series originated in 2005. From a 2008 post peak low of 6.21%, the rental vacancy rate has increased by 1.28%.

Rental Vacancy Rate: Kansas, US

Rental vacancy rate in Kansas

Historical Rental Vacancy Rate data for Kansas

Date US Kansas
2017 6.18% 7.49%
2016 5.89% 8.30%
2015 5.85% 7.74%
2014 6.32% 8.45%
2013 6.49% 6.54%
2012 6.77% 6.92%
2011 7.40% 8.09%
2010 8.17% 7.42%
2009 8.43% 7.41%
2008 7.86% 6.21%
2007 7.87% 8.18%
2006 7.70% 7.16%

Kansas Rent as a Fraction of Income

Using median household income data for Kansas, we can calculate the fraction of income the median household would use to pay rent at the median monthly gross rent rate. For Kansas, median monthly gross rent as a fraction of median household income was 17.33% in 2017 according to the ACS.

Kansas Median Annual Rent as a Fraction of Median Household Income

2017 1 Year Change 3 Year Change
US 20.13% -0.30% -0.76%
Kansas 17.33% +0.10% -0.33%

Trends in Kansas Rent as a Fraction of Income

The fraction of median Kansas household income required to pay median monthly gross rent peaked in 2014 (relative to the 2005 series origin) at 17.67%. Since then it has fallen by 0.33% to 17.33%.

Fraction of Income towards Rent: Kansas, US

Percent of median household income going towards median monthly gross rent in Kansas

Historical Data for Annual Rent as a Fraction of Income in Kansas

Date US Kansas
2017 20.13% 17.33%
2016 20.43% 17.23%
2015 20.63% 17.41%
2014 20.89% 17.67%
2013 20.78% 17.54%
2012 20.65% 16.98%
2011 20.70% 17.38%
2010 20.50% 16.96%
2009 20.12% 16.84%
2008 19.00% 15.64%
2007 18.66% 15.76%
2006 18.90% 16.07%

Renter Fraction in Kansas

You can calculate the renter fraction in Kansas 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 Kansas as a fraction of total Kansas households. In 2017 34.14% of households were renters according to Census ACS data.

Kansas Fraction of Renters by Household Units

2017 1 Year Change 3 Year Change
US 36.13% -0.75% -0.77%
Kansas 34.14% -0.17% +0.77%

Trends in the Kansas Renter Fraction

The Kansas household renter fraction peaked in in 2016 at 34.31% and is now 0.17% below that level. The origin year for the series is 2005.

Fraction of Renting Households: Kansas, US

Fraction of renters in Kansas

History of Kansas Renter Fraction

Date US Kansas
2017 36.13% 34.14%
2016 36.88% 34.31%
2015 36.97% 33.58%
2014 36.90% 33.37%
2013 36.50% 33.94%
2012 36.09% 33.64%
2011 35.42% 32.19%
2010 34.65% 31.93%
2009 34.13% 32.20%
2008 33.36% 30.57%
2007 32.80% 29.84%
2006 32.73% 30.07%

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.