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Robeson County North Carolina Residential Rent and Rental Statistics

The median monthly gross residential rent in Robeson County NC was $608 in 2017 according to the Census ACS survey.1 Average gross rent in Robeson County was $530 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 Robeson County median and average rent data will be released in September of 2019.

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

Show dollars as: Nominal Real

Real Gross Rent in Robeson County North Carolina (2017 dollars)2

2017 1 Year Change 3 Year Change
US Median Gross Rent $1,012 +1.61% +5.86%
North Carolina Median Gross Rent $861 +1.06% +4.74%
Robeson County NC Median Gross Rent $608 +1.00% +2.36%

Robeson County NC Real Gross Rent Trends

Median gross rent for Robeson County peaked in real terms in 2015 at $652 and is now $44 (6.75%) lower. Average gross rent for Robeson County peaked in real terms in 2015 at $542 and is now $12 (2.21%) lower.

Real Gross Rent: Robeson County NC Median, Robeson County NC Average, North Carolina Median, US Median

Lower quartile, median and upper quartile real gross rent

Real Gross Rent History for Robeson County

Date US
Median
North Carolina
Median
Robeson County NC
Median
Robeson County NC
Average
2017 $1,012 $861 $608 $530
2016 $996 $852 $602 $530
2015 $987 $851 $652 $542
2014 $956 $822 $594 $538
2013 $924 $795 $592 $488
2012 $912 $780 $580 $495
2011 $912 $780 $608 $527
2010 $927 $792 $606 $541
2009 $931 $796 $605 $473
2008 $947 $797 $578 $538
2007 $899 $773 $604 $513
2006 $909 $781 $584 $491

Robeson 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 Robeson County North Carolina was 1.46% according to Census ACS data.

Rental Vacancy Rate in Robeson County North Carolina

2017 1 Year Change 3 Year Change
US 6.18% +0.29% -0.14%
North Carolina 6.77% -0.22% -0.52%
Robeson County NC 1.46% -4.58% -5.29%

Trends in Robeson County NC Rental Vacancy Rate

The rental vacancy rate in Robeson County peaked in 2011 at 8.73%. Since then it has fallen by 7.27% to 1.46%. Data records for this series originated in 2005.

Rental Vacancy Rate: Robeson County NC, North Carolina, US

Rental vacancy rate in North Carolina

Historical Rental Vacancy Rate data for Robeson County

Date US North Carolina Robeson County NC
2017 6.18% 6.77% 1.46%
2016 5.89% 6.99% 6.04%
2015 5.85% 7.02% 5.32%
2014 6.32% 7.29% 6.75%
2013 6.49% 7.46% 5.76%
2012 6.77% 8.00% 6.62%
2011 7.40% 9.31% 8.73%
2010 8.17% 9.97% 6.27%
2009 8.43% 10.10%
2008 7.86% 9.58%
2007 7.87% 9.26%
2006 7.70% 9.98%

Rent as a Fraction of Income

Using median household income data for Robeson County, we can calculate the fraction of income the median household would use to pay rent at the median monthly gross rent rate. For Robeson County, median monthly gross rent as a fraction of median household income was 22.29% in 2017 according to the ACS.

Robeson County North Carolina Median Annual Rent as a Fraction of Median Household Income

2017 1 Year Change 3 Year Change
US 20.13% -0.30% -0.76%
North Carolina 19.59% -0.32% -1.11%
Robeson County NC 22.29% +1.52% -0.99%

Trends in Robeson County NC Rent as a Fraction of Income

The fraction of median Robeson County household income required to pay median monthly gross rent peaked in 2009 (relative to the 2005 series origin) at 26.48%. Since then it has fallen by 4.19% to 22.29%.

Fraction of Income towards Rent: Robeson County NC, North Carolina, US

Percent of median household income going towards median monthly gross rent in Robeson County North Carolina

Historical Data for Annual Rent as a Fraction of Income in Robeson County North Carolina

Date US North Carolina Robeson County NC
2017 20.13% 19.59% 22.29%
2016 20.43% 19.90% 20.77%
2015 20.63% 20.75% 24.11%
2014 20.89% 20.70% 23.29%
2013 20.78% 20.34% 23.56%
2012 20.65% 20.09% 23.84%
2011 20.70% 20.36% 22.59%
2010 20.50% 20.25% 22.78%
2009 20.12% 19.78% 26.48%
2008 19.00% 17.89% 19.51%
2007 18.66% 18.21% 20.59%
2006 18.90% 18.47% 22.07%

Renter Fraction in Robeson County North Carolina

You can calculate the renter fraction in Robeson 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 Robeson County as a fraction of total Robeson County households. In 2017 36.79% of households were renters according to Census ACS data.

Robeson County Fraction of Renters by Household Units

2017 1 Year Change 3 Year Change
US 36.13% -0.75% -0.77%
North Carolina 34.60% -1.18% -1.15%
Robeson County NC 36.79% +4.00% +0.93%

Trends in the Robeson County NC Renter Fraction

The Robeson County household renter fraction peaked in in 2015 at 39.43% and is now 2.64% below that level. The origin year for the series is 2005.

Fraction of Renting Households: Robeson County NC, North Carolina, US

Fraction of renters in Robeson County

History of Robeson County Renter Fraction

Date US North Carolina Robeson County NC
2017 36.13% 34.60% 36.79%
2016 36.88% 35.78% 32.79%
2015 36.97% 36.13% 39.43%
2014 36.90% 35.75% 35.86%
2013 36.50% 35.74% 37.21%
2012 36.09% 34.56% 36.61%
2011 35.42% 33.49% 35.31%
2010 34.65% 32.83% 35.22%
2009 34.13% 32.81% 31.27%
2008 33.36% 31.82% 30.84%
2007 32.80% 31.70% 31.16%
2006 32.73% 31.94% 34.28%

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.