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Washtenaw County Michigan Residential Rent and Rental Statistics

The median monthly gross residential rent in Washtenaw County MI was $1,062 in 2017 according to the Census ACS survey.1 Average gross rent in Washtenaw County was $1,146 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 Washtenaw County median and average rent data will be released in September of 2019.

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

Show dollars as: Nominal Real

Real Gross Rent in Washtenaw 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%
Washtenaw County MI Median Gross Rent $1,062 +4.94% +5.78%

Washtenaw County MI Real Gross Rent Trends

At $1,062, real median gross rent in Washtenaw County was at its highest level in 2017 since the series began in 2005. At $1,146, real average gross rent in Washtenaw County was at its highest level in 2017 since the series began in 2005.

Real Gross Rent: Washtenaw County MI Median, Washtenaw County MI Average, Michigan Median, US Median

Lower quartile, median and upper quartile real gross rent

Real Gross Rent History for Washtenaw County

Date US
Median
Michigan
Median
Washtenaw County MI
Median
Washtenaw County MI
Average
2017 $1,012 $835 $1,062 $1,146
2016 $996 $831 $1,012 $1,110
2015 $987 $826 $1,006 $1,068
2014 $956 $807 $1,004 $1,064
2013 $924 $784 $950 $1,015
2012 $912 $772 $950 $1,026
2011 $912 $774 $904 $987
2010 $927 $791 $909 $1,006
2009 $931 $791 $930 $1,020
2008 $947 $811 $997 $1,042
2007 $899 $778 $942 $1,005
2006 $909 $804 $993 $1,040

Washtenaw 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 Washtenaw County Michigan was 5.12% according to Census ACS data.

Rental Vacancy Rate in Washtenaw County Michigan

2017 1 Year Change 3 Year Change
US 6.18% +0.29% -0.14%
Michigan 4.87% -0.54% -1.01%
Washtenaw County MI 5.12% +2.49% +0.49%

Trends in Washtenaw County MI Rental Vacancy Rate

The rental vacancy rate in Washtenaw County peaked in 2005 at 12.93%. Since then it has fallen by 7.81% to 5.12%. Data records for this series originated in 2005. From a 2015 post peak low of 1.88%, the rental vacancy rate has increased by 3.24%.

Rental Vacancy Rate: Washtenaw County MI, Michigan, US

Rental vacancy rate in Michigan

Historical Rental Vacancy Rate data for Washtenaw County

Date US Michigan Washtenaw County MI
2017 6.18% 4.87% 5.12%
2016 5.89% 5.41% 2.63%
2015 5.85% 5.19% 1.88%
2014 6.32% 5.88% 4.63%
2013 6.49% 6.04% 3.03%
2012 6.77% 6.73% 2.83%
2011 7.40% 7.72% 4.15%
2010 8.17% 9.60% 7.95%
2009 8.43% 9.48% 7.53%
2008 7.86% 9.73% 7.33%
2007 7.87% 9.66% 9.67%
2006 7.70% 10.42% 8.67%

Rent as a Fraction of Income

Using median household income data for Washtenaw County, we can calculate the fraction of income the median household would use to pay rent at the median monthly gross rent rate. For Washtenaw County, median monthly gross rent as a fraction of median household income was 18.13% in 2017 according to the ACS.

Washtenaw 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%
Washtenaw County MI 18.13% -0.11% -0.60%

Trends in Washtenaw County MI Rent as a Fraction of Income

The fraction of median Washtenaw County household income required to pay median monthly gross rent peaked in 2012 (relative to the 2005 series origin) at 19.62%. Since then it has fallen by 1.49% to 18.13%.

Fraction of Income towards Rent: Washtenaw County MI, Michigan, US

Percent of median household income going towards median monthly gross rent in Washtenaw County Michigan

Historical Data for Annual Rent as a Fraction of Income in Washtenaw County Michigan

Date US Michigan Washtenaw County MI
2017 20.13% 18.25% 18.13%
2016 20.43% 18.70% 18.24%
2015 20.63% 18.86% 18.94%
2014 20.89% 18.97% 18.73%
2013 20.78% 19.09% 18.71%
2012 20.65% 19.16% 19.62%
2011 20.70% 19.29% 18.29%
2010 20.50% 19.29% 18.02%
2009 20.12% 18.99% 18.48%
2008 19.00% 17.44% 18.01%
2007 18.66% 17.09% 16.26%
2006 18.90% 17.17% 17.61%

Renter Fraction in Washtenaw County Michigan

You can calculate the renter fraction in Washtenaw 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 Washtenaw County as a fraction of total Washtenaw County households. In 2017 38.25% of households were renters according to Census ACS data.

Washtenaw 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%
Washtenaw County MI 38.25% -2.54% -1.58%

Trends in the Washtenaw County MI Renter Fraction

The Washtenaw County household renter fraction peaked in in 2012 at 41.36% and is now 3.11% below that level. The origin year for the series is 2005.

Fraction of Renting Households: Washtenaw County MI, Michigan, US

Fraction of renters in Washtenaw County

History of Washtenaw County Renter Fraction

Date US Michigan Washtenaw County MI
2017 36.13% 28.67% 38.25%
2016 36.88% 29.68% 40.79%
2015 36.97% 29.58% 41.32%
2014 36.90% 29.76% 39.83%
2013 36.50% 29.45% 40.59%
2012 36.09% 28.94% 41.36%
2011 35.42% 28.26% 40.07%
2010 34.65% 27.25% 37.60%
2009 34.13% 26.81% 38.31%
2008 33.36% 26.02% 37.49%
2007 32.80% 25.17% 34.55%
2006 32.73% 24.83% 37.32%

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.