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Plymouth County Massachusetts Residential Rent and Rental Statistics

The median monthly gross residential rent in Plymouth County MA was $1,230 in 2017 according to the Census ACS survey.1 Average gross rent in Plymouth County was $1,182 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 Plymouth County median and average rent data will be released in September of 2019.

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

Show dollars as: Nominal Real

Real Gross Rent in Plymouth 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%
Plymouth County MA Median Gross Rent $1,230 +3.36% +11.31%

Plymouth County MA Real Gross Rent Trends

Median gross rent for Plymouth County peaked in real terms in 2015 at $1,236 and is now $6 (0.49%) lower. Average gross rent for Plymouth County peaked in real terms in 2008 at $1,204 and is now $22 (1.83%) lower.

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

Lower quartile, median and upper quartile real gross rent

Real Gross Rent History for Plymouth County

Date US
Median
Massachusetts
Median
Plymouth County MA
Median
Plymouth County MA
Average
2017 $1,012 $1,208 $1,230 $1,182
2016 $996 $1,197 $1,190 $1,131
2015 $987 $1,198 $1,236 $1,184
2014 $956 $1,133 $1,105 $1,083
2013 $924 $1,100 $1,150 $1,106
2012 $912 $1,069 $1,097 $1,029
2011 $912 $1,083 $1,175 $1,132
2010 $927 $1,093 $1,156 $1,148
2009 $931 $1,092 $1,150 $1,081
2008 $947 $1,138 $1,230 $1,204
2007 $899 $1,078 $1,143 $1,093
2006 $909 $1,111 $1,102 $1,078

Plymouth 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 Plymouth County Massachusetts was 1.97% according to Census ACS data.

Rental Vacancy Rate in Plymouth County Massachusetts

2017 1 Year Change 3 Year Change
US 6.18% +0.29% -0.14%
Massachusetts 3.87% -0.11% -0.17%
Plymouth County MA 1.97% -0.64% -2.86%

Trends in Plymouth County MA Rental Vacancy Rate

The rental vacancy rate in Plymouth County peaked in 2013 at 11.13%. Since then it has fallen by 9.16% to 1.97%. Data records for this series originated in 2005.

Rental Vacancy Rate: Plymouth County MA, Massachusetts, US

Rental vacancy rate in Massachusetts

Historical Rental Vacancy Rate data for Plymouth County

Date US Massachusetts Plymouth County MA
2017 6.18% 3.87% 1.97%
2016 5.89% 3.98% 2.61%
2015 5.85% 3.48% 5.29%
2014 6.32% 4.04% 4.83%
2013 6.49% 4.61% 11.13%
2012 6.77% 4.46% 6.43%
2011 7.40% 4.76% 8.11%
2010 8.17% 5.80% 7.20%
2009 8.43% 5.83% 7.30%
2008 7.86% 5.28% 3.40%
2007 7.87% 6.20% 5.15%
2006 7.70% 5.55% 6.28%

Rent as a Fraction of Income

Using median household income data for Plymouth County, we can calculate the fraction of income the median household would use to pay rent at the median monthly gross rent rate. For Plymouth County, median monthly gross rent as a fraction of median household income was 16.98% in 2017 according to the ACS.

Plymouth 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%
Plymouth County MA 16.98% -0.15% -0.30%

Trends in Plymouth County MA Rent as a Fraction of Income

The fraction of median Plymouth County household income required to pay median monthly gross rent peaked in 2011 (relative to the 2005 series origin) at 19.73%. Since then it has fallen by 2.74% to 16.98%.

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

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

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

Date US Massachusetts Plymouth County MA
2017 20.13% 18.73% 16.98%
2016 20.43% 18.79% 17.13%
2015 20.63% 19.78% 19.20%
2014 20.89% 19.21% 17.28%
2013 20.78% 19.36% 17.74%
2012 20.65% 19.03% 17.38%
2011 20.70% 19.74% 19.73%
2010 20.50% 19.51% 17.76%
2009 20.12% 18.50% 17.55%
2008 19.00% 18.18% 17.53%
2007 18.66% 18.20% 16.93%
2006 18.90% 18.67% 16.62%

Renter Fraction in Plymouth County Massachusetts

You can calculate the renter fraction in Plymouth 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 Plymouth County as a fraction of total Plymouth County households. In 2017 23.88% of households were renters according to Census ACS data.

Plymouth 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%
Plymouth County MA 23.88% -0.68% -1.48%

Trends in the Plymouth County MA Renter Fraction

The Plymouth County household renter fraction peaked in in 2014 at 25.36% and is now 1.48% below that level. The origin year for the series is 2005.

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

Fraction of renters in Plymouth County

History of Plymouth County Renter Fraction

Date US Massachusetts Plymouth County MA
2017 36.13% 37.68% 23.88%
2016 36.88% 38.01% 24.56%
2015 36.97% 38.28% 25.32%
2014 36.90% 38.40% 25.36%
2013 36.50% 38.46% 23.47%
2012 36.09% 37.76% 22.29%
2011 35.42% 37.87% 24.07%
2010 34.65% 37.77% 23.35%
2009 34.13% 35.79% 21.94%
2008 33.36% 35.46% 22.40%
2007 32.80% 34.91% 21.50%
2006 32.73% 35.08% 22.60%

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.