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Topeka Kansas Residential Rent and Rental Statistics

The median monthly gross residential rent in Topeka, KS (the Topeka metro area) was $723 in 2016 according to the Census ACS survey.1 Average gross rent in Topeka was $735 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 Topeka median and average rent data will be released in September of 2018.

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

Show dollars as: Nominal Real

Real Gross Rent in Topeka Kansas (2016 dollars)2

2016 1 Year Change 3 Year Change
US Median Gross Rent $981 +0.93% +7.80%
Kansas Median Gross Rent $789 -0.38% +5.34%
Topeka, KS Median Gross Rent $723 -5.49% +3.29%

Topeka, KS Real Gross Rent Trends

Median gross rent for Topeka peaked in real terms in 2015 at $765 and is now $42 (5.49%) lower. Average gross rent for Topeka peaked in real terms in 2015 at $814 and is now $79 (9.71%) lower.

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

Lower quartile, median and upper quartile real gross rent

Real Gross Rent History for Topeka

Date US
Median
Kansas
Median
Topeka, KS
Median
Topeka, KS
Average
2016 $981 $789 $723 $735
2015 $972 $792 $765 $814
2014 $942 $779 $751 $761
2013 $910 $749 $700 $711
2012 $898 $722 $698 $718
2011 $898 $731 $716 $720
2010 $912 $728 $693 $678
2009 $916 $730 $714 $725
2008 $932 $740 $736 $743
2007 $885 $699 $652 $656
2006 $895 $714 $665 $700
2005 $869 $702 $677 $704

Topeka Rental Vacancy Rate

The rental vacancy rate is the fraction of homes for rent that are not occupied.3 In 2016 the rental vacancy rate for Topeka Kansas was 11.77% according to Census ACS data.

Rental Vacancy Rate in Topeka Kansas

2016 1 Year Change 3 Year Change
US 5.89% +0.04% -0.60%
Kansas 8.30% +0.56% +1.76%
Topeka, KS 11.77% -0.80% +3.85%

Trends in Topeka, KS Rental Vacancy Rate

The rental vacancy rate in Topeka peaked in 2014 at 14.97%. Since then it has fallen by 3.20% to 11.77%. Data records for this series originated in 2005.

Rental Vacancy Rate: Topeka KS, Kansas, US

Rental vacancy rate in Kansas

Historical Rental Vacancy Rate data for Topeka

Date US Kansas Topeka, KS
2016 5.89% 8.30% 11.77%
2015 5.85% 7.74% 12.57%
2014 6.32% 8.45% 14.97%
2013 6.49% 6.54% 7.92%
2012 6.77% 6.92% 9.37%
2011 7.40% 8.09% 9.81%
2010 8.17% 7.42% 4.61%
2009 8.43% 7.41% 6.61%
2008 7.86% 6.21% 5.89%
2007 7.87% 8.18% 7.28%
2006 7.70% 7.16% 6.67%
2005 7.74% 10.02% 6.51%

Rent as a Fraction of Income

Using median household income data for Topeka, we can calculate the fraction of income the median household would use to pay rent at the median monthly gross rent rate. For Topeka, median monthly gross rent as a fraction of median household income was 15.34% in 2016 according to the ACS.

Topeka Kansas Median Annual Rent as a Fraction of Median Household Income

2016 1 Year Change 3 Year Change
US 20.43% -0.20% -0.35%
Kansas 17.23% -0.17% -0.30%
Topeka, KS 15.34% -2.19% -1.24%

Trends in Topeka, KS Rent as a Fraction of Income

The fraction of median Topeka household income required to pay median monthly gross rent peaked in 2011 (relative to the 2005 series origin) at 17.92%. Since then it has fallen by 2.58% to 15.34%.

Fraction of Income towards Rent: Topeka KS, Kansas, US

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

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

Date US Kansas Topeka, KS
2016 20.43% 17.23% 15.34%
2015 20.63% 17.41% 17.53%
2014 20.89% 17.67% 16.44%
2013 20.78% 17.54% 16.58%
2012 20.65% 16.98% 17.01%
2011 20.70% 17.38% 17.92%
2010 20.50% 16.96% 17.17%
2009 20.12% 16.84% 16.35%
2008 19.00% 15.64% 15.83%
2007 18.66% 15.76% 15.03%
2006 18.90% 16.07% 15.35%
2005 18.89% 16.44% 15.30%

Renter Fraction in Topeka Kansas

You can calculate the renter fraction in Topeka 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 Topeka as a fraction of total Topeka households. In 2016 32.63% of households were renters according to Census ACS data.

Topeka Fraction of Renters by Household Units

2016 1 Year Change 3 Year Change
US 36.88% -0.09% +0.38%
Kansas 34.31% +0.73% +0.37%
Topeka, KS 32.63% -0.49% -0.90%

Trends in the Topeka, KS Renter Fraction

The Topeka household renter fraction peaked in in 2010 at 33.75% and is now 1.12% below that level. The origin year for the series is 2005.

Fraction of Renting Households: Topeka KS, Kansas, US

Fraction of renters in Topeka

History of Topeka Renter Fraction

Date US Kansas Topeka, KS
2016 36.88% 34.31% 32.63%
2015 36.97% 33.58% 33.12%
2014 36.90% 33.37% 31.01%
2013 36.50% 33.94% 33.53%
2012 36.09% 33.64% 32.99%
2011 35.42% 32.19% 31.27%
2010 34.65% 31.93% 33.75%
2009 34.13% 32.20% 30.23%
2008 33.36% 30.57% 30.16%
2007 32.80% 29.84% 30.19%
2006 32.73% 30.07% 29.07%
2005 33.10% 30.54% 28.83%

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.