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Douglas County Kansas Residential Rent and Rental Statistics

The median monthly gross residential rent in Douglas County KS was $884 in 2017 according to the Census ACS survey.1 Average gross rent in Douglas County was $923 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 Douglas County median and average rent data will be released in September of 2019.

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

Show dollars as: Nominal Real

Real Gross Rent in Douglas County 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%
Douglas County KS Median Gross Rent $884 +1.61% +2.67%

Douglas County KS Real Gross Rent Trends

Median gross rent for Douglas County peaked in real terms in 2011 at $908 and is now $24 (2.64%) lower. Average gross rent for Douglas County peaked in real terms in 2016 at $986 and is now $63 (6.39%) lower.

Real Gross Rent: Douglas County KS Median, Douglas County KS Average, Kansas Median, US Median

Lower quartile, median and upper quartile real gross rent

Real Gross Rent History for Douglas County

Date US
Median
Kansas
Median
Douglas County KS
Median
Douglas County KS
Average
2017 $1,012 $815 $884 $923
2016 $996 $801 $870 $986
2015 $987 $805 $851 $869
2014 $956 $791 $861 $875
2013 $924 $761 $854 $922
2012 $912 $734 $838 $879
2011 $912 $743 $908 $924
2010 $927 $739 $889 $946
2009 $931 $742 $903 $921
2008 $947 $751 $837 $857
2007 $899 $710 $818 $822
2006 $909 $725 $869 $903

Douglas County Rental Vacancy Rate

The rental vacancy rate is the fraction of homes for rent that are not occupied.3 In 2013 the rental vacancy rate for Douglas County Kansas was 5.69% according to Census ACS data.

Rental Vacancy Rate in Douglas County Kansas

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

Trends in Douglas County KS Rental Vacancy Rate

At 5.69%, Douglas County residential rental vacancy rate in 2013 is at the highest point since 2005, the beginning of our reporting for this series.

Rental Vacancy Rate: Douglas County KS, Kansas, US

Rental vacancy rate in Kansas

Historical Rental Vacancy Rate data for Douglas County

Date US Kansas Douglas County KS
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% 5.69%
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% 5.08%
2007 7.87% 8.18%
2006 7.70% 7.16%

Rent as a Fraction of Income

Using median household income data for Douglas County, we can calculate the fraction of income the median household would use to pay rent at the median monthly gross rent rate. For Douglas County, median monthly gross rent as a fraction of median household income was 19.06% in 2017 according to the ACS.

Douglas County 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%
Douglas County KS 19.06% +0.81% -1.72%

Trends in Douglas County KS Rent as a Fraction of Income

The fraction of median Douglas County household income required to pay median monthly gross rent peaked in 2009 (relative to the 2005 series origin) at 22.61%. Since then it has fallen by 3.54% to 19.06%. From a 2016 low of 18.25%, the fraction of income going to rent has increased by 0.81%.

Fraction of Income towards Rent: Douglas County KS, Kansas, US

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

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

Date US Kansas Douglas County KS
2017 20.13% 17.33% 19.06%
2016 20.43% 17.23% 18.25%
2015 20.63% 17.41% 18.74%
2014 20.89% 17.67% 20.78%
2013 20.78% 17.54% 19.24%
2012 20.65% 16.98% 19.42%
2011 20.70% 17.38% 21.79%
2010 20.50% 16.96% 20.82%
2009 20.12% 16.84% 22.61%
2008 19.00% 15.64% 18.86%
2007 18.66% 15.76% 20.14%
2006 18.90% 16.07% 18.70%

Renter Fraction in Douglas County Kansas

You can calculate the renter fraction in Douglas 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 Douglas County as a fraction of total Douglas County households. In 2017 48.80% of households were renters according to Census ACS data.

Douglas County 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%
Douglas County KS 48.80% -1.01% +1.42%

Trends in the Douglas County KS Renter Fraction

The Douglas County household renter fraction peaked in in 2010 at 51.79% and is now 2.99% below that level. The origin year for the series is 2005.

Fraction of Renting Households: Douglas County KS, Kansas, US

Fraction of renters in Douglas County

History of Douglas County Renter Fraction

Date US Kansas Douglas County KS
2017 36.13% 34.14% 48.80%
2016 36.88% 34.31% 49.81%
2015 36.97% 33.58% 46.18%
2014 36.90% 33.37% 47.38%
2013 36.50% 33.94% 46.56%
2012 36.09% 33.64% 49.03%
2011 35.42% 32.19% 48.45%
2010 34.65% 31.93% 51.79%
2009 34.13% 32.20% 46.70%
2008 33.36% 30.57% 46.25%
2007 32.80% 29.84% 42.68%
2006 32.73% 30.07% 39.74%

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.