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York County Maine Residential Rent and Rental Statistics

The median monthly gross residential rent in York County ME was $918 in 2017 according to the Census ACS survey.1 Average gross rent in York County was $877 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 York County median and average rent data will be released in September of 2019.

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

Show dollars as: Nominal Real

Real Gross Rent in York County Maine (2017 dollars)2

2017 1 Year Change 3 Year Change
US Median Gross Rent $1,012 +1.61% +5.86%
Maine Median Gross Rent $806 -0.37% +1.38%
York County ME Median Gross Rent $918 +2.68% +3.49%

York County ME Real Gross Rent Trends

Median gross rent for York County peaked in real terms in 2015 at $955 and is now $37 (3.87%) lower. Average gross rent for York County peaked in real terms in 2009 at $923 and is now $46 (4.98%) lower.

Real Gross Rent: York County ME Median, York County ME Average, Maine Median, US Median

Lower quartile, median and upper quartile real gross rent

Real Gross Rent History for York County

Date US
Median
Maine
Median
York County ME
Median
York County ME
Average
2017 $1,012 $806 $918 $877
2016 $996 $809 $894 $896
2015 $987 $815 $955 $901
2014 $956 $795 $887 $883
2013 $924 $776 $928 $896
2012 $912 $768 $897 $893
2011 $912 $782 $894 $916
2010 $927 $766 $858 $854
2009 $931 $798 $944 $923
2008 $947 $806 $952 $922
2007 $899 $741 $840 $808
2006 $909 $757 $917 $907

York 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 York County Maine was 8.28% according to Census ACS data.

Rental Vacancy Rate in York County Maine

2017 1 Year Change 3 Year Change
US 6.18% +0.29% -0.14%
Maine 8.41% +1.67% +1.34%
York County ME 8.28% -1.98% +0.45%

Trends in York County ME Rental Vacancy Rate

The rental vacancy rate in York County peaked in 2010 at 13.94%. Since then it has fallen by 5.66% to 8.28%. Data records for this series originated in 2005. From a 2012 post peak low of 5.00%, the rental vacancy rate has increased by 3.28%.

Rental Vacancy Rate: York County ME, Maine, US

Rental vacancy rate in Maine

Historical Rental Vacancy Rate data for York County

Date US Maine York County ME
2017 6.18% 8.41% 8.28%
2016 5.89% 6.74% 10.26%
2015 5.85% 5.29% 6.25%
2014 6.32% 7.07% 7.83%
2013 6.49% 7.17% 6.42%
2012 6.77% 6.25% 5.00%
2011 7.40% 7.67% 8.63%
2010 8.17% 8.75% 13.94%
2009 8.43% 7.36% 10.98%
2008 7.86% 7.13% 11.58%
2007 7.87% 8.13% 11.81%
2006 7.70% 5.85% 6.48%

Rent as a Fraction of Income

Using median household income data for York County, we can calculate the fraction of income the median household would use to pay rent at the median monthly gross rent rate. For York County, median monthly gross rent as a fraction of median household income was 16.59% in 2017 according to the ACS.

York County Maine Median Annual Rent as a Fraction of Median Household Income

2017 1 Year Change 3 Year Change
US 20.13% -0.30% -0.76%
Maine 17.19% -0.83% -1.64%
York County ME 16.59% -0.76% -2.13%

Trends in York County ME Rent as a Fraction of Income

The fraction of median York County household income required to pay median monthly gross rent peaked in 2012 (relative to the 2005 series origin) at 19.90%. Since then it has fallen by 3.31% to 16.59%.

Fraction of Income towards Rent: York County ME, Maine, US

Percent of median household income going towards median monthly gross rent in York County Maine

Historical Data for Annual Rent as a Fraction of Income in York County Maine

Date US Maine York County ME
2017 20.13% 17.19% 16.59%
2016 20.43% 18.02% 17.35%
2015 20.63% 18.46% 18.07%
2014 20.89% 18.83% 18.72%
2013 20.78% 19.41% 19.71%
2012 20.65% 19.11% 19.90%
2011 20.70% 19.47% 18.03%
2010 20.50% 18.52% 17.32%
2009 20.12% 18.94% 18.82%
2008 19.00% 18.08% 18.11%
2007 18.66% 17.00% 16.89%
2006 18.90% 17.57% 18.14%

Renter Fraction in York County Maine

You can calculate the renter fraction in York 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 York County as a fraction of total York County households. In 2017 25.17% of households were renters according to Census ACS data.

York County Fraction of Renters by Household Units

2017 1 Year Change 3 Year Change
US 36.13% -0.75% -0.77%
Maine 26.83% -1.30% -1.85%
York County ME 25.17% -1.08% -1.86%

Trends in the York County ME Renter Fraction

The York County household renter fraction peaked in in 2012 at 28.97% and is now 3.80% below that level. The origin year for the series is 2005.

Fraction of Renting Households: York County ME, Maine, US

Fraction of renters in York County

History of York County Renter Fraction

Date US Maine York County ME
2017 36.13% 26.83% 25.17%
2016 36.88% 28.13% 26.25%
2015 36.97% 29.00% 25.31%
2014 36.90% 28.68% 27.03%
2013 36.50% 29.84% 27.10%
2012 36.09% 28.59% 28.97%
2011 35.42% 29.05% 27.32%
2010 34.65% 27.32% 26.14%
2009 34.13% 27.26% 25.43%
2008 33.36% 27.86% 25.59%
2007 32.80% 26.05% 22.31%
2006 32.73% 27.21% 26.08%

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.