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Wayne County North Carolina Residential Rent and Rental Statistics

The median monthly gross residential rent in Wayne County NC was $739 in 2017 according to the Census ACS survey.1 Average gross rent in Wayne County was $668 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 Wayne County median and average rent data will be released in September of 2019.

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

Show dollars as: Nominal Real

Real Gross Rent in Wayne 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%
Wayne County NC Median Gross Rent $739 -4.27% +2.64%

Wayne County NC Real Gross Rent Trends

Median gross rent for Wayne County peaked in real terms in 2016 at $772 and is now $33 (4.27%) lower. Average gross rent for Wayne County peaked in real terms in 2013 at $730 and is now $62 (8.49%) lower.

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

Lower quartile, median and upper quartile real gross rent

Real Gross Rent History for Wayne County

Date US
Median
North Carolina
Median
Wayne County NC
Median
Wayne County NC
Average
2017 $1,012 $861 $739 $668
2016 $996 $852 $772 $707
2015 $987 $851 $739 $726
2014 $956 $822 $720 $663
2013 $924 $795 $769 $730
2012 $912 $780 $648 $610
2011 $912 $780 $706 $662
2010 $927 $792 $673 $643
2009 $931 $796 $712 $627
2008 $947 $797 $682 $609
2007 $899 $773 $672 $577
2006 $909 $781 $700 $609

Wayne 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 Wayne County North Carolina was 5.75% according to Census ACS data.

Rental Vacancy Rate in Wayne 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%
Wayne County NC 5.75% +3.30% +0.92%

Trends in Wayne County NC Rental Vacancy Rate

The rental vacancy rate in Wayne County peaked in 2006 at 15.74%. Since then it has fallen by 9.99% to 5.75%. Data records for this series originated in 2005. From a 2016 post peak low of 2.45%, the rental vacancy rate has increased by 3.30%.

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

Rental vacancy rate in North Carolina

Historical Rental Vacancy Rate data for Wayne County

Date US North Carolina Wayne County NC
2017 6.18% 6.77% 5.75%
2016 5.89% 6.99% 2.45%
2015 5.85% 7.02% 5.92%
2014 6.32% 7.29% 4.83%
2013 6.49% 7.46% 6.01%
2012 6.77% 8.00% 5.51%
2011 7.40% 9.31%
2010 8.17% 9.97% 6.68%
2009 8.43% 10.10% 5.70%
2008 7.86% 9.58%
2007 7.87% 9.26% 10.52%
2006 7.70% 9.98% 15.74%

Rent as a Fraction of Income

Using median household income data for Wayne County, we can calculate the fraction of income the median household would use to pay rent at the median monthly gross rent rate. For Wayne County, median monthly gross rent as a fraction of median household income was 20.00% in 2017 according to the ACS.

Wayne 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%
Wayne County NC 20.00% -1.87% -3.46%

Trends in Wayne County NC Rent as a Fraction of Income

The fraction of median Wayne County household income required to pay median monthly gross rent peaked in 2014 (relative to the 2005 series origin) at 23.46%. Since then it has fallen by 3.46% to 20.00%.

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

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

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

Date US North Carolina Wayne County NC
2017 20.13% 19.59% 20.00%
2016 20.43% 19.90% 21.86%
2015 20.63% 20.75% 21.35%
2014 20.89% 20.70% 23.46%
2013 20.78% 20.34% 21.42%
2012 20.65% 20.09% 19.88%
2011 20.70% 20.36% 20.69%
2010 20.50% 20.25% 18.27%
2009 20.12% 19.78% 18.87%
2008 19.00% 17.89% 18.10%
2007 18.66% 18.21% 17.65%
2006 18.90% 18.47% 18.49%

Renter Fraction in Wayne County North Carolina

You can calculate the renter fraction in Wayne 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 Wayne County as a fraction of total Wayne County households. In 2017 34.39% of households were renters according to Census ACS data.

Wayne 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%
Wayne County NC 34.39% -7.13% -7.68%

Trends in the Wayne County NC Renter Fraction

The Wayne County household renter fraction peaked in in 2013 at 43.70% and is now 9.31% below that level. The origin year for the series is 2005.

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

Fraction of renters in Wayne County

History of Wayne County Renter Fraction

Date US North Carolina Wayne County NC
2017 36.13% 34.60% 34.39%
2016 36.88% 35.78% 41.52%
2015 36.97% 36.13% 38.47%
2014 36.90% 35.75% 42.07%
2013 36.50% 35.74% 43.70%
2012 36.09% 34.56% 40.71%
2011 35.42% 33.49% 38.77%
2010 34.65% 32.83% 36.98%
2009 34.13% 32.81% 40.44%
2008 33.36% 31.82% 36.85%
2007 32.80% 31.70% 34.03%
2006 32.73% 31.94% 33.64%

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.