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Berkshire County Massachusetts Residential Rent and Rental Statistics

The median monthly gross residential rent in Berkshire County MA was $818 in 2017 according to the Census ACS survey.1 Average gross rent in Berkshire County was $825 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 Berkshire County median and average rent data will be released in September of 2019.

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

Show dollars as: Nominal Real

Real Gross Rent in Berkshire County Massachusetts (2017 dollars)2

2017 1 Year Change 3 Year Change
US Median Gross Rent $1,012 +1.61% +5.86%
Massachusetts Median Gross Rent $1,208 +0.92% +6.62%
Berkshire County MA Median Gross Rent $818 -1.68% +11.60%

Berkshire County MA Real Gross Rent Trends

Median gross rent for Berkshire County peaked in real terms in 2015 at $845 and is now $27 (3.20%) lower. Average gross rent for Berkshire County peaked in real terms in 2016 at $835 and is now $10 (1.20%) lower.

Real Gross Rent: Berkshire County MA Median, Berkshire County MA Average, Massachusetts Median, US Median

Lower quartile, median and upper quartile real gross rent

Real Gross Rent History for Berkshire County

Date US
Median
Massachusetts
Median
Berkshire County MA
Median
Berkshire County MA
Average
2017 $1,012 $1,208 $818 $825
2016 $996 $1,197 $832 $835
2015 $987 $1,198 $845 $764
2014 $956 $1,133 $733 $722
2013 $924 $1,100 $763 $731
2012 $912 $1,069 $772 $808
2011 $912 $1,083 $744 $730
2010 $927 $1,093 $791 $761
2009 $931 $1,092 $795 $726
2008 $947 $1,138 $808 $808
2007 $899 $1,078 $767 $752
2006 $909 $1,111 $734 $670

Berkshire 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 Berkshire County Massachusetts was 5.84% according to Census ACS data.

Rental Vacancy Rate in Berkshire County Massachusetts

2017 1 Year Change 3 Year Change
US 6.18% +0.29% -0.14%
Massachusetts 3.87% -0.11% -0.17%
Berkshire County MA 5.84% -3.52% +0.15%

Trends in Berkshire County MA Rental Vacancy Rate

The rental vacancy rate in Berkshire County peaked in 2016 at 9.36%. Since then it has fallen by 3.52% to 5.84%. Data records for this series originated in 2005.

Rental Vacancy Rate: Berkshire County MA, Massachusetts, US

Rental vacancy rate in Massachusetts

Historical Rental Vacancy Rate data for Berkshire County

Date US Massachusetts Berkshire County MA
2017 6.18% 3.87% 5.84%
2016 5.89% 3.98% 9.36%
2015 5.85% 3.48% 4.67%
2014 6.32% 4.04% 5.69%
2013 6.49% 4.61% 6.22%
2012 6.77% 4.46% 4.22%
2011 7.40% 4.76% 7.37%
2010 8.17% 5.80% 7.80%
2009 8.43% 5.83% 8.96%
2008 7.86% 5.28%
2007 7.87% 6.20% 6.22%
2006 7.70% 5.55% 2.18%

Rent as a Fraction of Income

Using median household income data for Berkshire County, we can calculate the fraction of income the median household would use to pay rent at the median monthly gross rent rate. For Berkshire County, median monthly gross rent as a fraction of median household income was 17.20% in 2017 according to the ACS.

Berkshire County Massachusetts Median Annual Rent as a Fraction of Median Household Income

2017 1 Year Change 3 Year Change
US 20.13% -0.30% -0.76%
Massachusetts 18.73% -0.06% -0.48%
Berkshire County MA 17.20% +0.38% +0.09%

Trends in Berkshire County MA Rent as a Fraction of Income

The fraction of median Berkshire County household income required to pay median monthly gross rent peaked in 2009 (relative to the 2005 series origin) at 20.40%. Since then it has fallen by 3.20% to 17.20%.

Fraction of Income towards Rent: Berkshire County MA, Massachusetts, US

Percent of median household income going towards median monthly gross rent in Berkshire County Massachusetts

Historical Data for Annual Rent as a Fraction of Income in Berkshire County Massachusetts

Date US Massachusetts Berkshire County MA
2017 20.13% 18.73% 17.20%
2016 20.43% 18.79% 16.82%
2015 20.63% 19.78% 19.41%
2014 20.89% 19.21% 17.11%
2013 20.78% 19.36% 17.07%
2012 20.65% 19.03% 19.30%
2011 20.70% 19.74% 19.83%
2010 20.50% 19.51% 19.82%
2009 20.12% 18.50% 20.40%
2008 19.00% 18.18% 18.83%
2007 18.66% 18.20% 17.07%
2006 18.90% 18.67% 15.54%

Renter Fraction in Berkshire County Massachusetts

You can calculate the renter fraction in Berkshire 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 Berkshire County as a fraction of total Berkshire County households. In 2017 30.87% of households were renters according to Census ACS data.

Berkshire County Fraction of Renters by Household Units

2017 1 Year Change 3 Year Change
US 36.13% -0.75% -0.77%
Massachusetts 37.68% -0.33% -0.72%
Berkshire County MA 30.87% -0.25% -1.51%

Trends in the Berkshire County MA Renter Fraction

The Berkshire County household renter fraction peaked in in 2015 at 34.37% and is now 3.50% below that level. The origin year for the series is 2005.

Fraction of Renting Households: Berkshire County MA, Massachusetts, US

Fraction of renters in Berkshire County

History of Berkshire County Renter Fraction

Date US Massachusetts Berkshire County MA
2017 36.13% 37.68% 30.87%
2016 36.88% 38.01% 31.12%
2015 36.97% 38.28% 34.37%
2014 36.90% 38.40% 32.38%
2013 36.50% 38.46% 32.06%
2012 36.09% 37.76% 32.83%
2011 35.42% 37.87% 29.74%
2010 34.65% 37.77% 33.82%
2009 34.13% 35.79% 33.38%
2008 33.36% 35.46% 32.86%
2007 32.80% 34.91% 32.25%
2006 32.73% 35.08% 32.34%

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.