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Allegheny County Pennsylvania Residential Rent and Rental Statistics

The median monthly gross residential rent in Allegheny County PA was $862 in 2017 according to the Census ACS survey.1 Average gross rent in Allegheny County was $903 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 Allegheny County median and average rent data will be released in September of 2019.

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

Show dollars as: Nominal Real

Real Gross Rent in Allegheny County Pennsylvania (2017 dollars)2

2017 1 Year Change 3 Year Change
US Median Gross Rent $1,012 +1.61% +5.86%
Pennsylvania Median Gross Rent $893 -0.22% +2.88%
Allegheny County PA Median Gross Rent $862 +3.61% +6.82%

Allegheny County PA Real Gross Rent Trends

At $862, real median gross rent in Allegheny County was at its highest level in 2017 since the series began in 2005. At $903, real average gross rent in Allegheny County was at its highest level in 2017 since the series began in 2005.

Real Gross Rent: Allegheny County PA Median, Allegheny County PA Average, Pennsylvania Median, US Median

Lower quartile, median and upper quartile real gross rent

Real Gross Rent History for Allegheny County

Date US
Median
Pennsylvania
Median
Allegheny County PA
Median
Allegheny County PA
Average
2017 $1,012 $893 $862 $903
2016 $996 $895 $832 $861
2015 $987 $893 $833 $876
2014 $956 $868 $807 $822
2013 $924 $846 $776 $824
2012 $912 $823 $766 $796
2011 $912 $823 $757 $776
2010 $927 $827 $763 $785
2009 $931 $816 $756 $767
2008 $947 $834 $788 $808
2007 $899 $781 $736 $747
2006 $909 $791 $753 $768

Allegheny 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 Allegheny County Pennsylvania was 6.03% according to Census ACS data.

Rental Vacancy Rate in Allegheny County Pennsylvania

2017 1 Year Change 3 Year Change
US 6.18% +0.29% -0.14%
Pennsylvania 5.84% +0.07% -0.56%
Allegheny County PA 6.03% +0.25% +1.79%

Trends in Allegheny County PA Rental Vacancy Rate

The rental vacancy rate in Allegheny County peaked in 2005 at 12.16%. Since then it has fallen by 6.13% to 6.03%. Data records for this series originated in 2005. From a 2013 post peak low of 3.30%, the rental vacancy rate has increased by 2.73%.

Rental Vacancy Rate: Allegheny County PA, Pennsylvania, US

Rental vacancy rate in Pennsylvania

Historical Rental Vacancy Rate data for Allegheny County

Date US Pennsylvania Allegheny County PA
2017 6.18% 5.84% 6.03%
2016 5.89% 5.77% 5.78%
2015 5.85% 5.77% 5.10%
2014 6.32% 6.40% 4.24%
2013 6.49% 5.78% 3.30%
2012 6.77% 5.88% 4.32%
2011 7.40% 6.13% 6.57%
2010 8.17% 6.47% 5.52%
2009 8.43% 6.80% 5.51%
2008 7.86% 6.65% 7.01%
2007 7.87% 7.34% 10.23%
2006 7.70% 8.09% 12.13%

Rent as a Fraction of Income

Using median household income data for Allegheny County, we can calculate the fraction of income the median household would use to pay rent at the median monthly gross rent rate. For Allegheny County, median monthly gross rent as a fraction of median household income was 17.64% in 2017 according to the ACS.

Allegheny County Pennsylvania Median Annual Rent as a Fraction of Median Household Income

2017 1 Year Change 3 Year Change
US 20.13% -0.30% -0.76%
Pennsylvania 18.10% -0.47% -1.01%
Allegheny County PA 17.64% +0.14% -0.40%

Trends in Allegheny County PA Rent as a Fraction of Income

The fraction of median Allegheny County household income required to pay median monthly gross rent peaked in 2005 (relative to the 2005 series origin) at 18.33%. Since then it has fallen by 0.69% to 17.64%. From a 2007 low of 16.71%, the fraction of income going to rent has increased by 0.94%.

Fraction of Income towards Rent: Allegheny County PA, Pennsylvania, US

Percent of median household income going towards median monthly gross rent in Allegheny County Pennsylvania

Historical Data for Annual Rent as a Fraction of Income in Allegheny County Pennsylvania

Date US Pennsylvania Allegheny County PA
2017 20.13% 18.10% 17.64%
2016 20.43% 18.58% 17.51%
2015 20.63% 18.70% 17.85%
2014 20.89% 19.12% 18.05%
2013 20.78% 19.11% 17.73%
2012 20.65% 18.69% 17.50%
2011 20.70% 18.78% 17.44%
2010 20.50% 18.58% 17.78%
2009 20.12% 17.88% 17.76%
2008 19.00% 17.18% 16.87%
2007 18.66% 16.92% 16.71%
2006 18.90% 17.22% 17.36%

Renter Fraction in Allegheny County Pennsylvania

You can calculate the renter fraction in Allegheny 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 Allegheny County as a fraction of total Allegheny County households. In 2017 35.00% of households were renters according to Census ACS data.

Allegheny County Fraction of Renters by Household Units

2017 1 Year Change 3 Year Change
US 36.13% -0.75% -0.77%
Pennsylvania 31.70% +0.20% +0.53%
Allegheny County PA 35.00% -0.90% -0.35%

Trends in the Allegheny County PA Renter Fraction

The Allegheny County household renter fraction peaked in in 2015 at 36.36% and is now 1.36% below that level. The origin year for the series is 2005.

Fraction of Renting Households: Allegheny County PA, Pennsylvania, US

Fraction of renters in Allegheny County

History of Allegheny County Renter Fraction

Date US Pennsylvania Allegheny County PA
2017 36.13% 31.70% 35.00%
2016 36.88% 31.50% 35.90%
2015 36.97% 31.28% 36.36%
2014 36.90% 31.17% 35.35%
2013 36.50% 31.05% 34.76%
2012 36.09% 31.09% 35.69%
2011 35.42% 30.51% 35.40%
2010 34.65% 29.87% 33.36%
2009 34.13% 29.48% 34.99%
2008 33.36% 29.15% 32.52%
2007 32.80% 28.36% 32.24%
2006 32.73% 28.28% 31.73%

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.