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Deschutes County Oregon Residential Rent and Rental Statistics

The median monthly gross residential rent in Deschutes County OR was $1,176 in 2017 according to the Census ACS survey.1 Average gross rent in Deschutes County was $1,184 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 Deschutes County median and average rent data will be released in September of 2019.

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

Show dollars as: Nominal Real

Real Gross Rent in Deschutes County Oregon (2017 dollars)2

2017 1 Year Change 3 Year Change
US Median Gross Rent $1,012 +1.61% +5.86%
Oregon Median Gross Rent $1,079 +4.66% +14.06%
Deschutes County OR Median Gross Rent $1,176 +0.68% +21.49%

Deschutes County OR Real Gross Rent Trends

At $1,176, real median gross rent in Deschutes County was at its highest level in 2017 since the series began in 2005. Average gross rent for Deschutes County peaked in real terms in 2016 at $1,197 and is now $13 (1.09%) lower.

Real Gross Rent: Deschutes County OR Median, Deschutes County OR Average, Oregon Median, US Median

Lower quartile, median and upper quartile real gross rent

Real Gross Rent History for Deschutes County

Date US
Median
Oregon
Median
Deschutes County OR
Median
Deschutes County OR
Average
2017 $1,012 $1,079 $1,176 $1,184
2016 $996 $1,031 $1,168 $1,197
2015 $987 $970 $1,010 $1,038
2014 $956 $946 $968 $1,036
2013 $924 $906 $919 $961
2012 $912 $889 $890 $920
2011 $912 $880 $965 $1,009
2010 $927 $884 $943 $1,006
2009 $931 $905 $957 $1,016
2008 $947 $896 $1,003 $1,025
2007 $899 $847 $983 $1,003
2006 $909 $850 $961 $1,013

Deschutes 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 Deschutes County Oregon was 2.63% according to Census ACS data.

Rental Vacancy Rate in Deschutes County Oregon

2017 1 Year Change 3 Year Change
US 6.18% +0.29% -0.14%
Oregon 3.80% +0.63% +0.23%
Deschutes County OR 2.63% -0.37% -1.73%

Trends in Deschutes County OR Rental Vacancy Rate

The rental vacancy rate in Deschutes County peaked in 2009 at 8.96%. Since then it has fallen by 6.33% to 2.63%. Data records for this series originated in 2005.

Rental Vacancy Rate: Deschutes County OR, Oregon, US

Rental vacancy rate in Oregon

Historical Rental Vacancy Rate data for Deschutes County

Date US Oregon Deschutes County OR
2017 6.18% 3.80% 2.63%
2016 5.89% 3.17% 3.00%
2015 5.85% 3.64%
2014 6.32% 3.57% 4.36%
2013 6.49% 4.45% 8.63%
2012 6.77% 4.75% 6.97%
2011 7.40% 5.06% 8.59%
2010 8.17% 5.60% 8.52%
2009 8.43% 6.30% 8.96%
2008 7.86% 5.71% 5.81%
2007 7.87% 5.08% 8.87%
2006 7.70% 5.57% 8.90%

Rent as a Fraction of Income

Using median household income data for Deschutes County, we can calculate the fraction of income the median household would use to pay rent at the median monthly gross rent rate. For Deschutes County, median monthly gross rent as a fraction of median household income was 21.29% in 2017 according to the ACS.

Deschutes County Oregon Median Annual Rent as a Fraction of Median Household Income

2017 1 Year Change 3 Year Change
US 20.13% -0.30% -0.76%
Oregon 21.50% +0.33% -0.21%
Deschutes County OR 21.29% -1.01% -0.51%

Trends in Deschutes County OR Rent as a Fraction of Income

The fraction of median Deschutes County household income required to pay median monthly gross rent peaked in 2011 (relative to the 2005 series origin) at 23.52%. Since then it has fallen by 2.23% to 21.29%.

Fraction of Income towards Rent: Deschutes County OR, Oregon, US

Percent of median household income going towards median monthly gross rent in Deschutes County Oregon

Historical Data for Annual Rent as a Fraction of Income in Deschutes County Oregon

Date US Oregon Deschutes County OR
2017 20.13% 21.50% 21.29%
2016 20.43% 21.17% 22.30%
2015 20.63% 20.90% 20.54%
2014 20.89% 21.71% 21.81%
2013 20.78% 21.18% 23.08%
2012 20.65% 21.04% 21.77%
2011 20.70% 21.53% 23.52%
2010 20.50% 21.03% 23.37%
2009 20.12% 20.28% 19.90%
2008 19.00% 18.66% 20.35%
2007 18.66% 18.30% 18.51%
2006 18.90% 18.53% 19.12%

Renter Fraction in Deschutes County Oregon

You can calculate the renter fraction in Deschutes 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 Deschutes County as a fraction of total Deschutes County households. In 2017 34.76% of households were renters according to Census ACS data.

Deschutes County Fraction of Renters by Household Units

2017 1 Year Change 3 Year Change
US 36.13% -0.75% -0.77%
Oregon 37.20% -1.11% -2.08%
Deschutes County OR 34.76% +1.91% +0.39%

Trends in the Deschutes County OR Renter Fraction

The Deschutes County household renter fraction peaked in in 2011 at 36.79% and is now 2.03% below that level. The origin year for the series is 2005.

Fraction of Renting Households: Deschutes County OR, Oregon, US

Fraction of renters in Deschutes County

History of Deschutes County Renter Fraction

Date US Oregon Deschutes County OR
2017 36.13% 37.20% 34.76%
2016 36.88% 38.31% 32.85%
2015 36.97% 38.91% 35.81%
2014 36.90% 39.28% 34.37%
2013 36.50% 39.17% 35.99%
2012 36.09% 38.44% 35.90%
2011 35.42% 39.22% 36.79%
2010 34.65% 37.45% 35.07%
2009 34.13% 36.95% 31.17%
2008 33.36% 35.66% 32.55%
2007 32.80% 35.41% 31.58%
2006 32.73% 35.22% 30.34%

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.