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Athens County Ohio Residential Rent and Rental Statistics

The median monthly gross residential rent in Athens County OH was $754 in 2017 according to the Census ACS survey.1 Average gross rent in Athens County was $764 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 Athens County median and average rent data will be released in September of 2019.

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

Show dollars as: Nominal Real

Real Gross Rent in Athens County Ohio (2017 dollars)2

2017 1 Year Change 3 Year Change
US Median Gross Rent $1,012 +1.61% +5.86%
Ohio Median Gross Rent $772 +0.13% +2.52%
Athens County OH Median Gross Rent $754 +2.59%

Athens County OH Real Gross Rent Trends

At $754, real median gross rent in Athens County was at its highest level in 2017 since the series began in 2015. At $764, real average gross rent in Athens County was at its highest level in 2017 since the series began in 2015.

Real Gross Rent: Athens County OH Median, Athens County OH Average, Ohio Median, US Median

Lower quartile, median and upper quartile real gross rent

Real Gross Rent History for Athens County

Date US
Median
Ohio
Median
Athens County OH
Median
Athens County OH
Average
2017 $1,012 $772 $754 $764
2016 $996 $771 $735 $760
2015 $987 $768 $737 $742
2014 $956 $753
2013 $924 $724
2012 $912 $722
2011 $912 $725
2010 $927 $742
2009 $931 $741
2008 $947 $766
2007 $899 $733
2006 $909 $747

Athens 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 Athens County Ohio was 5.99% according to Census ACS data.

Rental Vacancy Rate in Athens County Ohio

2017 1 Year Change 3 Year Change
US 6.18% +0.29% -0.14%
Ohio 5.62% +0.18% -0.64%
Athens County OH 5.99% -2.22%

Trends in Athens County OH Rental Vacancy Rate

The rental vacancy rate in Athens County peaked in 2016 at 8.21%. Since then it has fallen by 2.22% to 5.99%. Data records for this series originated in 2015.

Rental Vacancy Rate: Athens County OH, Ohio, US

Rental vacancy rate in Ohio

Historical Rental Vacancy Rate data for Athens County

Date US Ohio Athens County OH
2017 6.18% 5.62% 5.99%
2016 5.89% 5.44% 8.21%
2015 5.85% 5.56%
2014 6.32% 6.26%
2013 6.49% 6.15%
2012 6.77% 7.08%
2011 7.40% 7.89%
2010 8.17% 9.45%
2009 8.43% 9.17%
2008 7.86% 9.68%
2007 7.87% 10.00%
2006 7.70% 10.68%

Rent as a Fraction of Income

Using median household income data for Athens County, we can calculate the fraction of income the median household would use to pay rent at the median monthly gross rent rate. For Athens County, median monthly gross rent as a fraction of median household income was 20.45% in 2017 according to the ACS.

Athens County Ohio Median Annual Rent as a Fraction of Median Household Income

2017 1 Year Change 3 Year Change
US 20.13% -0.30% -0.76%
Ohio 17.15% -0.25% -0.74%
Athens County OH 20.45% -3.56%

Trends in Athens County OH Rent as a Fraction of Income

The fraction of median Athens County household income required to pay median monthly gross rent peaked in 2016 (relative to the 2015 series origin) at 24.00%. Since then it has fallen by 3.56% to 20.45%.

Fraction of Income towards Rent: Athens County OH, Ohio, US

Percent of median household income going towards median monthly gross rent in Athens County Ohio

Historical Data for Annual Rent as a Fraction of Income in Athens County Ohio

Date US Ohio Athens County OH
2017 20.13% 17.15% 20.45%
2016 20.43% 17.40% 24.00%
2015 20.63% 17.53% 23.53%
2014 20.89% 17.89%
2013 20.78% 17.70%
2012 20.65% 17.94%
2011 20.70% 18.15%
2010 20.50% 18.23%
2009 20.12% 17.71%
2008 19.00% 16.68%
2007 18.66% 16.56%
2006 18.90% 16.90%

Renter Fraction in Athens County Ohio

You can calculate the renter fraction in Athens 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 Athens County as a fraction of total Athens County households. In 2017 42.38% of households were renters according to Census ACS data.

Athens County Fraction of Renters by Household Units

2017 1 Year Change 3 Year Change
US 36.13% -0.75% -0.77%
Ohio 34.22% -0.42% -0.45%
Athens County OH 42.38% +1.82%

Trends in the Athens County OH Renter Fraction

The Athens County household renter fraction peaked in in 2015 at 43.83% and is now 1.45% below that level. From a recent low of 40.56% in 2016, the household based renter fraction has now grown by 1.82%. The origin year for the series is 2015.

Fraction of Renting Households: Athens County OH, Ohio, US

Fraction of renters in Athens County

History of Athens County Renter Fraction

Date US Ohio Athens County OH
2017 36.13% 34.22% 42.38%
2016 36.88% 34.64% 40.56%
2015 36.97% 34.59% 43.83%
2014 36.90% 34.67%
2013 36.50% 33.93%
2012 36.09% 33.71%
2011 35.42% 33.02%
2010 34.65% 31.60%
2009 34.13% 31.95%
2008 33.36% 30.95%
2007 32.80% 30.32%
2006 32.73% 29.99%

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.