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Washoe County Nevada Residential Rent and Rental Statistics

The median monthly gross residential rent in Washoe County NV was $974 in 2017 according to the Census ACS survey.1 Average gross rent in Washoe County was $1,059 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 Washoe County median and average rent data will be released in September of 2019.

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

Show dollars as: Nominal Real

Real Gross Rent in Washoe County Nevada (2017 dollars)2

2017 1 Year Change 3 Year Change
US Median Gross Rent $1,012 +1.61% +5.86%
Nevada Median Gross Rent $1,051 +3.14% +7.46%
Washoe County NV Median Gross Rent $974 +0.31% +8.22%

Washoe County NV Real Gross Rent Trends

Median gross rent for Washoe County peaked in real terms in 2008 at $1,057 and is now $83 (7.85%) lower. From a recent low of 890.0 in 2013, real median gross rent has now increased by $84 (9.44%). Average gross rent for Washoe County peaked in real terms in 2008 at $1,159 and is now $100 (8.63%) lower. From a recent low of 956.0 in 2012, real average gross rent has now increased by $103 (10.77%).

Real Gross Rent: Washoe County NV Median, Washoe County NV Average, Nevada Median, US Median

Lower quartile, median and upper quartile real gross rent

Real Gross Rent History for Washoe County

Date US
Median
Nevada
Median
Washoe County NV
Median
Washoe County NV
Average
2017 $1,012 $1,051 $974 $1,059
2016 $996 $1,019 $971 $1,056
2015 $987 $1,008 $948 $980
2014 $956 $978 $900 $985
2013 $924 $972 $890 $964
2012 $912 $974 $899 $956
2011 $912 $980 $909 $977
2010 $927 $1,032 $946 $999
2009 $931 $1,098 $997 $1,050
2008 $947 $1,161 $1,057 $1,159
2007 $899 $1,117 $995 $1,061
2006 $909 $1,092 $1,004 $1,040

Washoe 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 Washoe County Nevada was 4.65% according to Census ACS data.

Rental Vacancy Rate in Washoe County Nevada

2017 1 Year Change 3 Year Change
US 6.18% +0.29% -0.14%
Nevada 6.90% -1.06% -1.48%
Washoe County NV 4.65% -0.09% -1.99%

Trends in Washoe County NV Rental Vacancy Rate

The rental vacancy rate in Washoe County peaked in 2009 at 12.15%. Since then it has fallen by 7.50% to 4.65%. Data records for this series originated in 2005.

Rental Vacancy Rate: Washoe County NV, Nevada, US

Rental vacancy rate in Nevada

Historical Rental Vacancy Rate data for Washoe County

Date US Nevada Washoe County NV
2017 6.18% 6.90% 4.65%
2016 5.89% 7.96% 4.74%
2015 5.85% 8.47% 5.08%
2014 6.32% 8.38% 6.64%
2013 6.49% 10.51% 7.68%
2012 6.77% 10.96% 9.81%
2011 7.40% 11.73% 10.17%
2010 8.17% 10.71% 8.62%
2009 8.43% 12.58% 12.15%
2008 7.86% 11.28% 9.13%
2007 7.87% 10.10% 9.95%
2006 7.70% 9.10% 7.60%

Rent as a Fraction of Income

Using median household income data for Washoe County, we can calculate the fraction of income the median household would use to pay rent at the median monthly gross rent rate. For Washoe County, median monthly gross rent as a fraction of median household income was 19.01% in 2017 according to the ACS.

Washoe County Nevada Median Annual Rent as a Fraction of Median Household Income

2017 1 Year Change 3 Year Change
US 20.13% -0.30% -0.76%
Nevada 21.74% -0.07% -0.53%
Washoe County NV 19.01% -0.71% -1.04%

Trends in Washoe County NV Rent as a Fraction of Income

The fraction of median Washoe County household income required to pay median monthly gross rent peaked in 2012 (relative to the 2005 series origin) at 21.32%. Since then it has fallen by 2.31% to 19.01%.

Fraction of Income towards Rent: Washoe County NV, Nevada, US

Percent of median household income going towards median monthly gross rent in Washoe County Nevada

Historical Data for Annual Rent as a Fraction of Income in Washoe County Nevada

Date US Nevada Washoe County NV
2017 20.13% 21.74% 19.01%
2016 20.43% 21.81% 19.72%
2015 20.63% 22.43% 19.60%
2014 20.89% 22.27% 20.05%
2013 20.78% 22.30% 19.50%
2012 20.65% 22.77% 21.32%
2011 20.70% 22.96% 20.53%
2010 20.50% 22.40% 20.72%
2009 20.12% 22.34% 20.49%
2008 19.00% 21.53% 19.24%
2007 18.66% 21.36% 19.28%
2006 18.90% 20.76% 19.34%

Renter Fraction in Washoe County Nevada

You can calculate the renter fraction in Washoe 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 Washoe County as a fraction of total Washoe County households. In 2017 42.05% of households were renters according to Census ACS data.

Washoe County Fraction of Renters by Household Units

2017 1 Year Change 3 Year Change
US 36.13% -0.75% -0.77%
Nevada 43.42% -1.73% -2.94%
Washoe County NV 42.05% -0.62% -0.85%

Trends in the Washoe County NV Renter Fraction

The Washoe County household renter fraction peaked in in 2015 at 44.26% and is now 2.21% below that level. The origin year for the series is 2005.

Fraction of Renting Households: Washoe County NV, Nevada, US

Fraction of renters in Washoe County

History of Washoe County Renter Fraction

Date US Nevada Washoe County NV
2017 36.13% 43.42% 42.05%
2016 36.88% 45.15% 42.67%
2015 36.97% 45.98% 44.26%
2014 36.90% 46.36% 42.90%
2013 36.50% 45.69% 43.99%
2012 36.09% 45.13% 43.12%
2011 35.42% 43.71% 42.52%
2010 34.65% 42.83% 42.47%
2009 34.13% 40.75% 39.15%
2008 33.36% 40.35% 40.14%
2007 32.80% 39.59% 39.06%
2006 32.73% 38.01% 38.75%

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.