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Indiana County Pennsylvania Residential Rent and Rental Statistics

The median monthly gross residential rent in Indiana County PA was $678 in 2017 according to the Census ACS survey.1 Average gross rent in Indiana County was $639 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 Indiana County median and average rent data will be released in September of 2019.

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

Show dollars as: Nominal Real

Real Gross Rent in Indiana 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%
Indiana County PA Median Gross Rent $678 -1.88% -3.69%

Indiana County PA Real Gross Rent Trends

Median gross rent for Indiana County peaked in real terms in 2015 at $749 and is now $71 (9.48%) lower. Average gross rent for Indiana County peaked in real terms in 2008 at $763 and is now $124 (16.25%) lower. From a recent low of 557.0 in 2010, real average gross rent has now increased by $82 (14.72%).

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

Lower quartile, median and upper quartile real gross rent

Real Gross Rent History for Indiana County

Date US
Median
Pennsylvania
Median
Indiana County PA
Median
Indiana County PA
Average
2017 $1,012 $893 $678 $639
2016 $996 $895 $691 $661
2015 $987 $893 $749 $712
2014 $956 $868 $704 $693
2013 $924 $846 $690 $642
2012 $912 $823 $682 $717
2011 $912 $823 $668 $668
2010 $927 $827 $609 $557
2009 $931 $816 $682 $676
2008 $947 $834 $745 $763
2007 $899 $781 $654 $627
2006 $909 $791 $644 $591

Indiana 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 Indiana County Pennsylvania was 8.85% according to Census ACS data.

Rental Vacancy Rate in Indiana County Pennsylvania

2017 1 Year Change 3 Year Change
US 6.18% +0.29% -0.14%
Pennsylvania 5.84% +0.07% -0.56%
Indiana County PA 8.85% +3.03% +3.43%

Trends in Indiana County PA Rental Vacancy Rate

The rental vacancy rate in Indiana County peaked in 2015 at 13.40%. Since then it has fallen by 4.55% to 8.85%. Data records for this series originated in 2005.

Rental Vacancy Rate: Indiana County PA, Pennsylvania, US

Rental vacancy rate in Pennsylvania

Historical Rental Vacancy Rate data for Indiana County

Date US Pennsylvania Indiana County PA
2017 6.18% 5.84% 8.85%
2016 5.89% 5.77% 5.82%
2015 5.85% 5.77% 13.40%
2014 6.32% 6.40% 5.42%
2013 6.49% 5.78% 9.67%
2012 6.77% 5.88% 1.40%
2011 7.40% 6.13% 4.55%
2010 8.17% 6.47% 4.69%
2009 8.43% 6.80% 5.33%
2008 7.86% 6.65% 9.19%
2007 7.87% 7.34% 4.91%
2006 7.70% 8.09% 12.37%

Rent as a Fraction of Income

Using median household income data for Indiana County, we can calculate the fraction of income the median household would use to pay rent at the median monthly gross rent rate. For Indiana County, median monthly gross rent as a fraction of median household income was 17.60% in 2017 according to the ACS.

Indiana 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%
Indiana County PA 17.60% -1.40% -1.86%

Trends in Indiana County PA Rent as a Fraction of Income

The fraction of median Indiana County household income required to pay median monthly gross rent peaked in 2007 (relative to the 2005 series origin) at 20.60%. Since then it has fallen by 3.00% to 17.60%. From a 2010 low of 16.38%, the fraction of income going to rent has increased by 1.21%.

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

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

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

Date US Pennsylvania Indiana County PA
2017 20.13% 18.10% 17.60%
2016 20.43% 18.58% 18.99%
2015 20.63% 18.70% 18.59%
2014 20.89% 19.12% 19.46%
2013 20.78% 19.11% 17.92%
2012 20.65% 18.69% 17.86%
2011 20.70% 18.78% 18.01%
2010 20.50% 18.58% 16.38%
2009 20.12% 17.88% 18.71%
2008 19.00% 17.18% 18.68%
2007 18.66% 16.92% 20.60%
2006 18.90% 17.22% 16.76%

Renter Fraction in Indiana County Pennsylvania

You can calculate the renter fraction in Indiana 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 Indiana County as a fraction of total Indiana County households. In 2017 30.13% of households were renters according to Census ACS data.

Indiana 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%
Indiana County PA 30.13% -0.14% -0.88%

Trends in the Indiana County PA Renter Fraction

The Indiana County household renter fraction peaked in in 2014 at 31.01% and is now 0.88% below that level. The origin year for the series is 2005.

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

Fraction of renters in Indiana County

History of Indiana County Renter Fraction

Date US Pennsylvania Indiana County PA
2017 36.13% 31.70% 30.13%
2016 36.88% 31.50% 30.27%
2015 36.97% 31.28% 28.81%
2014 36.90% 31.17% 31.01%
2013 36.50% 31.05% 27.15%
2012 36.09% 31.09% 26.39%
2011 35.42% 30.51% 30.49%
2010 34.65% 29.87% 26.75%
2009 34.13% 29.48% 29.93%
2008 33.36% 29.15% 29.79%
2007 32.80% 28.36% 30.06%
2006 32.73% 28.28% 23.56%

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.