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St. Clair County Michigan Residential Rent and Rental Statistics

The median monthly gross residential rent in St. Clair County MI was $749 in 2017 according to the Census ACS survey.1 Average gross rent in St. Clair County was $721 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 St. Clair County median and average rent data will be released in September of 2019.

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

Show dollars as: Nominal Real

Real Gross Rent in St. Clair County Michigan (2017 dollars)2

2017 1 Year Change 3 Year Change
US Median Gross Rent $1,012 +1.61% +5.86%
Michigan Median Gross Rent $835 +0.48% +3.47%
St. Clair County MI Median Gross Rent $749 -8.55% -9.65%

St. Clair County MI Real Gross Rent Trends

Median gross rent for St. Clair County peaked in real terms in 2009 at $839 and is now $90 (10.73%) lower. From a recent low of 689.0 in 2012, real median gross rent has now increased by $60 (8.71%). Average gross rent for St. Clair County peaked in real terms in 2014 at $794 and is now $73 (9.19%) lower.

Real Gross Rent: St. Clair County MI Median, St. Clair County MI Average, Michigan Median, US Median

Lower quartile, median and upper quartile real gross rent

Real Gross Rent History for St. Clair County

Date US
Median
Michigan
Median
St. Clair County MI
Median
St. Clair County MI
Average
2017 $1,012 $835 $749 $721
2016 $996 $831 $819 $772
2015 $987 $826 $782 $745
2014 $956 $807 $829 $794
2013 $924 $784 $705 $692
2012 $912 $772 $689 $714
2011 $912 $774 $777 $727
2010 $927 $791 $720 $697
2009 $931 $791 $839 $737
2008 $947 $811 $765 $778
2007 $899 $778 $749 $749
2006 $909 $804 $722 $747

St. Clair 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 St. Clair County Michigan was 2.83% according to Census ACS data.

Rental Vacancy Rate in St. Clair County Michigan

2017 1 Year Change 3 Year Change
US 6.18% +0.29% -0.14%
Michigan 4.87% -0.54% -1.01%
St. Clair County MI 2.83% +1.24% -2.00%

Trends in St. Clair County MI Rental Vacancy Rate

The rental vacancy rate in St. Clair County peaked in 2010 at 12.79%. Since then it has fallen by 9.96% to 2.83%. Data records for this series originated in 2005. From a 2016 post peak low of 1.59%, the rental vacancy rate has increased by 1.24%.

Rental Vacancy Rate: St. Clair County MI, Michigan, US

Rental vacancy rate in Michigan

Historical Rental Vacancy Rate data for St. Clair County

Date US Michigan St. Clair County MI
2017 6.18% 4.87% 2.83%
2016 5.89% 5.41% 1.59%
2015 5.85% 5.19% 6.29%
2014 6.32% 5.88% 4.83%
2013 6.49% 6.04% 4.43%
2012 6.77% 6.73% 6.31%
2011 7.40% 7.72% 6.31%
2010 8.17% 9.60% 12.79%
2009 8.43% 9.48% 11.29%
2008 7.86% 9.73% 12.31%
2007 7.87% 9.66% 12.14%
2006 7.70% 10.42% 9.46%

Rent as a Fraction of Income

Using median household income data for St. Clair County, we can calculate the fraction of income the median household would use to pay rent at the median monthly gross rent rate. For St. Clair County, median monthly gross rent as a fraction of median household income was 15.67% in 2017 according to the ACS.

St. Clair County Michigan Median Annual Rent as a Fraction of Median Household Income

2017 1 Year Change 3 Year Change
US 20.13% -0.30% -0.76%
Michigan 18.25% -0.45% -0.72%
St. Clair County MI 15.67% -2.98% -3.65%

Trends in St. Clair County MI Rent as a Fraction of Income

The fraction of median St. Clair County household income required to pay median monthly gross rent peaked in 2009 (relative to the 2005 series origin) at 20.07%. Since then it has fallen by 4.40% to 15.67%.

Fraction of Income towards Rent: St. Clair County MI, Michigan, US

Percent of median household income going towards median monthly gross rent in St. Clair County Michigan

Historical Data for Annual Rent as a Fraction of Income in St. Clair County Michigan

Date US Michigan St. Clair County MI
2017 20.13% 18.25% 15.67%
2016 20.43% 18.70% 18.65%
2015 20.63% 18.86% 17.84%
2014 20.89% 18.97% 19.32%
2013 20.78% 19.09% 16.47%
2012 20.65% 19.16% 18.01%
2011 20.70% 19.29% 19.49%
2010 20.50% 19.29% 17.96%
2009 20.12% 18.99% 20.07%
2008 19.00% 17.44% 15.50%
2007 18.66% 17.09% 17.19%
2006 18.90% 17.17% 15.04%

Renter Fraction in St. Clair County Michigan

You can calculate the renter fraction in St. Clair 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 St. Clair County as a fraction of total St. Clair County households. In 2017 21.41% of households were renters according to Census ACS data.

St. Clair County Fraction of Renters by Household Units

2017 1 Year Change 3 Year Change
US 36.13% -0.75% -0.77%
Michigan 28.67% -1.01% -1.09%
St. Clair County MI 21.41% -6.33% -2.38%

Trends in the St. Clair County MI Renter Fraction

The St. Clair County household renter fraction peaked in in 2016 at 27.74% and is now 6.33% below that level. The origin year for the series is 2005.

Fraction of Renting Households: St. Clair County MI, Michigan, US

Fraction of renters in St. Clair County

History of St. Clair County Renter Fraction

Date US Michigan St. Clair County MI
2017 36.13% 28.67% 21.41%
2016 36.88% 29.68% 27.74%
2015 36.97% 29.58% 23.10%
2014 36.90% 29.76% 23.79%
2013 36.50% 29.45% 24.96%
2012 36.09% 28.94% 24.57%
2011 35.42% 28.26% 25.25%
2010 34.65% 27.25% 20.46%
2009 34.13% 26.81% 24.13%
2008 33.36% 26.02% 20.15%
2007 32.80% 25.17% 22.48%
2006 32.73% 24.83% 21.67%

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.