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Cuyahoga County Ohio Residential Rent and Rental Statistics

The median monthly gross residential rent in Cuyahoga County OH was $791 in 2017 according to the Census ACS survey.1 Average gross rent in Cuyahoga County was $806 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 Cuyahoga County median and average rent data will be released in September of 2019.

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

Show dollars as: Nominal Real

Real Gross Rent in Cuyahoga 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%
Cuyahoga County OH Median Gross Rent $791 +2.06% +5.89%

Cuyahoga County OH Real Gross Rent Trends

At $791, real median gross rent in Cuyahoga County was at its highest level in 2017 since the series began in 2005. At $806, real average gross rent in Cuyahoga County was at its highest level in 2017 since the series began in 2005.

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

Lower quartile, median and upper quartile real gross rent

Real Gross Rent History for Cuyahoga County

Date US
Median
Ohio
Median
Cuyahoga County OH
Median
Cuyahoga County OH
Average
2017 $1,012 $772 $791 $806
2016 $996 $771 $775 $791
2015 $987 $768 $756 $770
2014 $956 $753 $747 $752
2013 $924 $724 $727 $749
2012 $912 $722 $735 $738
2011 $912 $725 $734 $757
2010 $927 $742 $767 $787
2009 $931 $741 $755 $763
2008 $947 $766 $787 $804
2007 $899 $733 $760 $766
2006 $909 $747 $772 $796

Cuyahoga 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 Cuyahoga County Ohio was 7.28% according to Census ACS data.

Rental Vacancy Rate in Cuyahoga County Ohio

2017 1 Year Change 3 Year Change
US 6.18% +0.29% -0.14%
Ohio 5.62% +0.18% -0.64%
Cuyahoga County OH 7.28% +1.17% +0.11%

Trends in Cuyahoga County OH Rental Vacancy Rate

The rental vacancy rate in Cuyahoga County peaked in 2005 at 12.99%. Since then it has fallen by 5.71% to 7.28%. Data records for this series originated in 2005. From a 2016 post peak low of 6.11%, the rental vacancy rate has increased by 1.17%.

Rental Vacancy Rate: Cuyahoga County OH, Ohio, US

Rental vacancy rate in Ohio

Historical Rental Vacancy Rate data for Cuyahoga County

Date US Ohio Cuyahoga County OH
2017 6.18% 5.62% 7.28%
2016 5.89% 5.44% 6.11%
2015 5.85% 5.56% 6.69%
2014 6.32% 6.26% 7.17%
2013 6.49% 6.15% 7.86%
2012 6.77% 7.08% 9.37%
2011 7.40% 7.89% 8.44%
2010 8.17% 9.45% 10.50%
2009 8.43% 9.17% 10.81%
2008 7.86% 9.68% 10.26%
2007 7.87% 10.00% 11.23%
2006 7.70% 10.68% 11.74%

Rent as a Fraction of Income

Using median household income data for Cuyahoga County, we can calculate the fraction of income the median household would use to pay rent at the median monthly gross rent rate. For Cuyahoga County, median monthly gross rent as a fraction of median household income was 20.29% in 2017 according to the ACS.

Cuyahoga 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%
Cuyahoga County OH 20.29% +0.64% +0.39%

Trends in Cuyahoga County OH Rent as a Fraction of Income

The fraction of median Cuyahoga County household income required to pay median monthly gross rent peaked in 2010 (relative to the 2005 series origin) at 20.55%. Since then it has fallen by 0.26% to 20.29%.

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

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

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

Date US Ohio Cuyahoga County OH
2017 20.13% 17.15% 20.29%
2016 20.43% 17.40% 19.65%
2015 20.63% 17.53% 19.47%
2014 20.89% 17.89% 19.90%
2013 20.78% 17.70% 19.64%
2012 20.65% 17.94% 20.40%
2011 20.70% 18.15% 20.26%
2010 20.50% 18.23% 20.55%
2009 20.12% 17.71% 20.44%
2008 19.00% 16.68% 18.60%
2007 18.66% 16.56% 18.04%
2006 18.90% 16.90% 18.73%

Renter Fraction in Cuyahoga County Ohio

You can calculate the renter fraction in Cuyahoga 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 Cuyahoga County as a fraction of total Cuyahoga County households. In 2017 42.30% of households were renters according to Census ACS data.

Cuyahoga 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%
Cuyahoga County OH 42.30% -0.12% +0.73%

Trends in the Cuyahoga County OH Renter Fraction

The Cuyahoga County household renter fraction peaked in in 2016 at 42.42% and is now 0.12% below that level. The origin year for the series is 2005.

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

Fraction of renters in Cuyahoga County

History of Cuyahoga County Renter Fraction

Date US Ohio Cuyahoga County OH
2017 36.13% 34.22% 42.30%
2016 36.88% 34.64% 42.42%
2015 36.97% 34.59% 41.74%
2014 36.90% 34.67% 41.57%
2013 36.50% 33.93% 40.47%
2012 36.09% 33.71% 40.53%
2011 35.42% 33.02% 40.24%
2010 34.65% 31.60% 38.14%
2009 34.13% 31.95% 39.32%
2008 33.36% 30.95% 37.53%
2007 32.80% 30.32% 37.77%
2006 32.73% 29.99% 34.63%

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.