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Carbon County Pennsylvania Residential Rent and Rental Statistics

The median monthly gross residential rent in Carbon County PA was $762 in 2017 according to the Census ACS survey.1 Average gross rent in Carbon County was $710 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 Carbon County median and average rent data will be released in September of 2019.

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

Show dollars as: Nominal Real

Real Gross Rent in Carbon 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%
Carbon County PA Median Gross Rent $762 -13.11% +2.42%

Carbon County PA Real Gross Rent Trends

Median gross rent for Carbon County peaked in real terms in 2016 at $877 and is now $115 (13.11%) lower. Average gross rent for Carbon County peaked in real terms in 2012 at $835 and is now $125 (14.97%) lower.

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

Lower quartile, median and upper quartile real gross rent

Real Gross Rent History for Carbon County

Date US
Median
Pennsylvania
Median
Carbon County PA
Median
Carbon County PA
Average
2017 $1,012 $893 $762 $710
2016 $996 $895 $877 $716
2015 $987 $893 $772 $745
2014 $956 $868 $744 $800
2013 $924 $846 $803 $760
2012 $912 $823 $784 $835
2011 $912 $823 $669 $663
2010 $927 $827 $704 $661
2009 $931 $816
2008 $947 $834
2007 $899 $781
2006 $909 $791

Carbon 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 Carbon County Pennsylvania was 1.05% according to Census ACS data.

Rental Vacancy Rate in Carbon County Pennsylvania

2017 1 Year Change 3 Year Change
US 6.18% +0.29% -0.14%
Pennsylvania 5.84% +0.07% -0.56%
Carbon County PA 1.05% -2.81%

Trends in Carbon County PA Rental Vacancy Rate

The rental vacancy rate in Carbon County peaked in 2010 at 12.21%. Since then it has fallen by 11.16% to 1.05%. Data records for this series originated in 2010.

Rental Vacancy Rate: Carbon County PA, Pennsylvania, US

Rental vacancy rate in Pennsylvania

Historical Rental Vacancy Rate data for Carbon County

Date US Pennsylvania Carbon County PA
2017 6.18% 5.84% 1.05%
2016 5.89% 5.77% 3.86%
2015 5.85% 5.77% 7.06%
2014 6.32% 6.40%
2013 6.49% 5.78%
2012 6.77% 5.88%
2011 7.40% 6.13% 2.46%
2010 8.17% 6.47% 12.21%
2009 8.43% 6.80%
2008 7.86% 6.65%
2007 7.87% 7.34%
2006 7.70% 8.09%

Rent as a Fraction of Income

Using median household income data for Carbon County, we can calculate the fraction of income the median household would use to pay rent at the median monthly gross rent rate. For Carbon County, median monthly gross rent as a fraction of median household income was 18.42% in 2017 according to the ACS.

Carbon 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%
Carbon County PA 18.42% -1.65% +0.98%

Trends in Carbon County PA Rent as a Fraction of Income

The fraction of median Carbon County household income required to pay median monthly gross rent peaked in 2013 (relative to the 2010 series origin) at 21.43%. Since then it has fallen by 3.01% to 18.42%.

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

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

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

Date US Pennsylvania Carbon County PA
2017 20.13% 18.10% 18.42%
2016 20.43% 18.58% 20.06%
2015 20.63% 18.70% 15.68%
2014 20.89% 19.12% 17.44%
2013 20.78% 19.11% 21.43%
2012 20.65% 18.69% 17.97%
2011 20.70% 18.78% 17.37%
2010 20.50% 18.58% 15.50%
2009 20.12% 17.88%
2008 19.00% 17.18%
2007 18.66% 16.92%
2006 18.90% 17.22%

Renter Fraction in Carbon County Pennsylvania

You can calculate the renter fraction in Carbon 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 Carbon County as a fraction of total Carbon County households. In 2017 28.41% of households were renters according to Census ACS data.

Carbon 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%
Carbon County PA 28.41% +5.84% +10.18%

Trends in the Carbon County PA Renter Fraction

At 28.41%, the 2017 household based renter fraction in Carbon County was at its highest level. The origin year for the series is 2010.

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

Fraction of renters in Carbon County

History of Carbon County Renter Fraction

Date US Pennsylvania Carbon County PA
2017 36.13% 31.70% 28.41%
2016 36.88% 31.50% 22.57%
2015 36.97% 31.28% 21.85%
2014 36.90% 31.17% 18.23%
2013 36.50% 31.05% 26.36%
2012 36.09% 31.09% 24.45%
2011 35.42% 30.51% 23.20%
2010 34.65% 29.87% 17.70%
2009 34.13% 29.48%
2008 33.36% 29.15%
2007 32.80% 28.36%
2006 32.73% 28.28%

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.