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Butler County Pennsylvania Residential Rent and Rental Statistics

The median monthly gross residential rent in Butler County PA was $773 in 2017 according to the Census ACS survey.1 Average gross rent in Butler County was $825 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 Butler County median and average rent data will be released in September of 2019.

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

Show dollars as: Nominal Real

Real Gross Rent in Butler 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%
Butler County PA Median Gross Rent $773 -4.21% +1.31%

Butler County PA Real Gross Rent Trends

Median gross rent for Butler County peaked in real terms in 2015 at $834 and is now $61 (7.31%) lower. Average gross rent for Butler County peaked in real terms in 2016 at $897 and is now $72 (8.03%) lower.

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

Lower quartile, median and upper quartile real gross rent

Real Gross Rent History for Butler County

Date US
Median
Pennsylvania
Median
Butler County PA
Median
Butler County PA
Average
2017 $1,012 $893 $773 $825
2016 $996 $895 $807 $897
2015 $987 $893 $834 $884
2014 $956 $868 $763 $820
2013 $924 $846 $749 $809
2012 $912 $823 $724 $788
2011 $912 $823 $749 $762
2010 $927 $827 $779 $828
2009 $931 $816 $733 $751
2008 $947 $834 $801 $881
2007 $899 $781 $729 $770
2006 $909 $791 $744 $803

Butler 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 Butler County Pennsylvania was 6.79% according to Census ACS data.

Rental Vacancy Rate in Butler County Pennsylvania

2017 1 Year Change 3 Year Change
US 6.18% +0.29% -0.14%
Pennsylvania 5.84% +0.07% -0.56%
Butler County PA 6.79% -1.71% +3.72%

Trends in Butler County PA Rental Vacancy Rate

The rental vacancy rate in Butler County peaked in 2016 at 8.50%. Since then it has fallen by 1.71% to 6.79%. Data records for this series originated in 2005.

Rental Vacancy Rate: Butler County PA, Pennsylvania, US

Rental vacancy rate in Pennsylvania

Historical Rental Vacancy Rate data for Butler County

Date US Pennsylvania Butler County PA
2017 6.18% 5.84% 6.79%
2016 5.89% 5.77% 8.50%
2015 5.85% 5.77% 3.76%
2014 6.32% 6.40% 3.07%
2013 6.49% 5.78% 3.54%
2012 6.77% 5.88% 3.35%
2011 7.40% 6.13% 2.45%
2010 8.17% 6.47% 5.75%
2009 8.43% 6.80% 7.91%
2008 7.86% 6.65% 3.60%
2007 7.87% 7.34% 8.43%
2006 7.70% 8.09% 3.92%

Rent as a Fraction of Income

Using median household income data for Butler County, we can calculate the fraction of income the median household would use to pay rent at the median monthly gross rent rate. For Butler County, median monthly gross rent as a fraction of median household income was 13.46% in 2017 according to the ACS.

Butler 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%
Butler County PA 13.46% -0.91% -1.25%

Trends in Butler County PA Rent as a Fraction of Income

The fraction of median Butler County household income required to pay median monthly gross rent peaked in 2005 (relative to the 2005 series origin) at 16.90%. Since then it has fallen by 3.45% to 13.46%.

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

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

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

Date US Pennsylvania Butler County PA
2017 20.13% 18.10% 13.46%
2016 20.43% 18.58% 14.36%
2015 20.63% 18.70% 14.14%
2014 20.89% 19.12% 14.71%
2013 20.78% 19.11% 15.10%
2012 20.65% 18.69% 14.73%
2011 20.70% 18.78% 15.71%
2010 20.50% 18.58% 15.90%
2009 20.12% 17.88% 14.50%
2008 19.00% 17.18% 14.39%
2007 18.66% 16.92% 14.12%
2006 18.90% 17.22% 14.17%

Renter Fraction in Butler County Pennsylvania

You can calculate the renter fraction in Butler 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 Butler County as a fraction of total Butler County households. In 2017 24.23% of households were renters according to Census ACS data.

Butler 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%
Butler County PA 24.23% +0.57% -1.61%

Trends in the Butler County PA Renter Fraction

The Butler County household renter fraction peaked in in 2014 at 25.84% and is now 1.61% below that level. The origin year for the series is 2005.

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

Fraction of renters in Butler County

History of Butler County Renter Fraction

Date US Pennsylvania Butler County PA
2017 36.13% 31.70% 24.23%
2016 36.88% 31.50% 23.66%
2015 36.97% 31.28% 22.32%
2014 36.90% 31.17% 25.84%
2013 36.50% 31.05% 22.52%
2012 36.09% 31.09% 23.00%
2011 35.42% 30.51% 23.32%
2010 34.65% 29.87% 24.76%
2009 34.13% 29.48% 24.06%
2008 33.36% 29.15% 23.55%
2007 32.80% 28.36% 21.12%
2006 32.73% 28.28% 24.57%

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.