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Shawnee County Kansas Residential Rent and Rental Statistics

The median monthly gross residential rent in Shawnee County KS was $782 in 2017 according to the Census ACS survey.1 Average gross rent in Shawnee County was $787 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 Shawnee County median and average rent data will be released in September of 2019.

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

Show dollars as: Nominal Real

Real Gross Rent in Shawnee 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%
Shawnee County KS Median Gross Rent $782 +5.39% +1.03%

Shawnee County KS Real Gross Rent Trends

Median gross rent for Shawnee County peaked in real terms in 2015 at $787 and is now $5 (0.64%) lower. Average gross rent for Shawnee County peaked in real terms in 2015 at $853 and is now $66 (7.74%) lower.

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

Lower quartile, median and upper quartile real gross rent

Real Gross Rent History for Shawnee County

Date US
Median
Kansas
Median
Shawnee County KS
Median
Shawnee County KS
Average
2017 $1,012 $815 $782 $787
2016 $996 $801 $742 $763
2015 $987 $805 $787 $853
2014 $956 $791 $774 $807
2013 $924 $761 $710 $736
2012 $912 $734 $725 $745
2011 $912 $743 $737 $756
2010 $927 $739 $688 $695
2009 $931 $742 $723 $739
2008 $947 $751 $767 $789
2007 $899 $710 $676 $703
2006 $909 $725 $686 $740

Shawnee 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 Shawnee County Kansas was 8.22% according to Census ACS data.

Rental Vacancy Rate in Shawnee County Kansas

2017 1 Year Change 3 Year Change
US 6.18% +0.29% -0.14%
Kansas 7.49% -0.81% -0.96%
Shawnee County KS 8.22% -8.27%

Trends in Shawnee County KS Rental Vacancy Rate

The rental vacancy rate in Shawnee County peaked in 2014 at 16.49%. Since then it has fallen by 8.27% to 8.22%. Data records for this series originated in 2005.

Rental Vacancy Rate: Shawnee County KS, Kansas, US

Rental vacancy rate in Kansas

Historical Rental Vacancy Rate data for Shawnee County

Date US Kansas Shawnee County KS
2017 6.18% 7.49% 8.22%
2016 5.89% 8.30%
2015 5.85% 7.74%
2014 6.32% 8.45% 16.49%
2013 6.49% 6.54% 8.25%
2012 6.77% 6.92% 10.34%
2011 7.40% 8.09% 9.77%
2010 8.17% 7.42% 4.93%
2009 8.43% 7.41% 5.65%
2008 7.86% 6.21%
2007 7.87% 8.18% 6.69%
2006 7.70% 7.16% 6.60%

Rent as a Fraction of Income

Using median household income data for Shawnee County, we can calculate the fraction of income the median household would use to pay rent at the median monthly gross rent rate. For Shawnee County, median monthly gross rent as a fraction of median household income was 16.44% in 2017 according to the ACS.

Shawnee 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%
Shawnee County KS 16.44% +0.69% -0.52%

Trends in Shawnee County KS Rent as a Fraction of Income

The fraction of median Shawnee County household income required to pay median monthly gross rent peaked in 2011 (relative to the 2005 series origin) at 19.24%. Since then it has fallen by 2.81% to 16.44%.

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

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

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

Date US Kansas Shawnee County KS
2017 20.13% 17.33% 16.44%
2016 20.43% 17.23% 15.75%
2015 20.63% 17.41% 17.96%
2014 20.89% 17.67% 16.95%
2013 20.78% 17.54% 16.63%
2012 20.65% 16.98% 17.58%
2011 20.70% 17.38% 19.24%
2010 20.50% 16.96% 17.15%
2009 20.12% 16.84% 17.08%
2008 19.00% 15.64% 16.80%
2007 18.66% 15.76% 15.28%
2006 18.90% 16.07% 15.91%

Renter Fraction in Shawnee County Kansas

You can calculate the renter fraction in Shawnee 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 Shawnee County as a fraction of total Shawnee County households. In 2017 35.77% of households were renters according to Census ACS data.

Shawnee 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%
Shawnee County KS 35.77% -1.52% +2.38%

Trends in the Shawnee County KS Renter Fraction

The Shawnee County household renter fraction peaked in in 2016 at 37.29% and is now 1.52% below that level. The origin year for the series is 2005.

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

Fraction of renters in Shawnee County

History of Shawnee County Renter Fraction

Date US Kansas Shawnee County KS
2017 36.13% 34.14% 35.77%
2016 36.88% 34.31% 37.29%
2015 36.97% 33.58% 37.00%
2014 36.90% 33.37% 33.39%
2013 36.50% 33.94% 37.27%
2012 36.09% 33.64% 37.00%
2011 35.42% 32.19% 35.07%
2010 34.65% 31.93% 36.86%
2009 34.13% 32.20% 34.20%
2008 33.36% 30.57% 34.27%
2007 32.80% 29.84% 32.36%
2006 32.73% 30.07% 32.54%

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.