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Syracuse New York Residential Rent and Rental Statistics

The median monthly gross residential rent in Syracuse, NY (the Syracuse metro area) was $790 in 2016 according to the Census ACS survey.1 Average gross rent in Syracuse was $792 in 2016. The median rent more accurately depicts rental rates in the middle of the distribution of rents and is thus preferred in the analysis below. 2017 Syracuse median and average rent data will be released in September of 2018.

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

Show dollars as: Nominal Real

Real Gross Rent in Syracuse New York (2016 dollars)2

2016 1 Year Change 3 Year Change
US Median Gross Rent $981 +0.93% +7.80%
New York Median Gross Rent $1,194 +0.51% +7.09%
Syracuse, NY Median Gross Rent $790 -4.13% +6.76%

Syracuse, NY Real Gross Rent Trends

Median gross rent for Syracuse peaked in real terms in 2015 at $824 and is now $34 (4.13%) lower. Average gross rent for Syracuse peaked in real terms in 2015 at $829 and is now $37 (4.46%) lower.

Real Gross Rent in Syracuse: Syracuse NY Median, Syracuse NY Average, New York Median, US Median

Lower quartile, median and upper quartile real gross rent

Real Gross Rent History for Syracuse

Date US
Median
New York
Median
Syracuse, NY
Median
Syracuse, NY
Average
2016 $981 $1,194 $790 $792
2015 $972 $1,188 $824 $829
2014 $942 $1,157 $771 $765
2013 $910 $1,115 $740 $750
2012 $898 $1,096 $741 $735
2011 $898 $1,091 $765 $748
2010 $912 $1,089 $751 $783
2009 $916 $1,071 $755 $752
2008 $932 $1,078 $782 $788
2007 $885 $1,018 $747 $733
2006 $895 $1,026 $763 $727
2005 $869 $1,004 $741 $725

Syracuse Rental Vacancy Rate

The rental vacancy rate is the fraction of homes for rent that are not occupied.3 In 2016 the rental vacancy rate for Syracuse New York was 6.51% according to Census ACS data.

Rental Vacancy Rate in Syracuse New York

2016 1 Year Change 3 Year Change
US 5.89% +0.04% -0.60%
New York 4.42% +0.01% +0.25%
Syracuse, NY 6.51% +0.64% +0.84%

Trends in Syracuse, NY Rental Vacancy Rate

The rental vacancy rate in Syracuse peaked in 2007 at 10.58%. Since then it has fallen by 4.07% to 6.51%. Data records for this series originated in 2005. From a 2013 post peak low of 5.67%, the rental vacancy rate has increased by 0.84%.

Rental Vacancy Rate: Syracuse NY, New York, US

Rental vacancy rate in New York

Historical Rental Vacancy Rate data for Syracuse

Date US New York Syracuse, NY
2016 5.89% 4.42% 6.51%
2015 5.85% 4.41% 5.87%
2014 6.32% 4.34% 5.97%
2013 6.49% 4.17% 5.67%
2012 6.77% 4.34% 5.93%
2011 7.40% 4.48% 7.01%
2010 8.17% 5.03% 7.66%
2009 8.43% 4.78% 7.41%
2008 7.86% 4.68% 8.47%
2007 7.87% 4.70% 10.58%
2006 7.70% 4.94% 9.42%
2005 7.74% 4.80% 8.70%

Rent as a Fraction of Income

Using median household income data for Syracuse, we can calculate the fraction of income the median household would use to pay rent at the median monthly gross rent rate. For Syracuse, median monthly gross rent as a fraction of median household income was 16.72% in 2016 according to the ACS.

Syracuse New York Median Annual Rent as a Fraction of Median Household Income

2016 1 Year Change 3 Year Change
US 20.43% -0.20% -0.35%
New York 22.78% -0.36% -0.42%
Syracuse, NY 16.72% -0.59% -0.43%

Trends in Syracuse, NY Rent as a Fraction of Income

The fraction of median Syracuse household income required to pay median monthly gross rent peaked in 2014 (relative to the 2005 series origin) at 17.68%. Since then it has fallen by 0.96% to 16.72%.

Fraction of Income towards Rent: Syracuse NY, New York, US

Percent of median household income going towards median monthly gross rent in Syracuse New York

Historical Data for Annual Rent as a Fraction of Income in Syracuse New York

Date US New York Syracuse, NY
2016 20.43% 22.78% 16.72%
2015 20.63% 23.13% 17.31%
2014 20.89% 23.40% 17.68%
2013 20.78% 23.20% 17.15%
2012 20.65% 22.94% 17.07%
2011 20.70% 22.98% 17.33%
2010 20.50% 22.60% 17.00%
2009 20.12% 21.60% 16.78%
2008 19.00% 20.41% 16.94%
2007 18.66% 20.34% 16.44%
2006 18.90% 20.43% 17.42%
2005 18.89% 20.40% 16.66%

Renter Fraction in Syracuse New York

You can calculate the renter fraction in Syracuse 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 Syracuse as a fraction of total Syracuse households. In 2016 32.91% of households were renters according to Census ACS data.

Syracuse Fraction of Renters by Household Units

2016 1 Year Change 3 Year Change
US 36.88% -0.09% +0.38%
New York 46.72% -0.21% +0.37%
Syracuse, NY 32.91% +0.37% +0.12%

Trends in the Syracuse, NY Renter Fraction

At 32.91%, the 2016 household based renter fraction in Syracuse was at its highest level. The origin year for the series is 2005.

Fraction of Renting Households: Syracuse NY, New York, US

Fraction of renters in Syracuse

History of Syracuse Renter Fraction

Date US New York Syracuse, NY
2016 36.88% 46.72% 32.91%
2015 36.97% 46.93% 32.54%
2014 36.90% 47.02% 32.67%
2013 36.50% 46.35% 32.79%
2012 36.09% 46.35% 32.81%
2011 35.42% 46.41% 31.85%
2010 34.65% 45.75% 32.72%
2009 34.13% 44.97% 32.26%
2008 33.36% 44.71% 31.50%
2007 32.80% 44.48% 31.49%
2006 32.73% 44.40% 31.50%
2005 33.10% 44.67% 32.33%

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.