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Johnstown Pennsylvania Residential Rent and Rental Statistics

The median monthly gross residential rent in Johnstown, PA (the Johnstown metro area) was $619 in 2016 according to the Census ACS survey.1 Average gross rent in Johnstown was $555 in 2016. The median rent more accurately depicts rental rates in the middle of the distribution of rents and is thus preferred in the analysis below. 2017 Johnstown median and average rent data will be released in September of 2018.

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

Show dollars as: Nominal Real

Real Gross Rent in Johnstown Pennsylvania (2016 dollars)2

2016 1 Year Change 3 Year Change
US Median Gross Rent $981 +0.93% +7.80%
Pennsylvania Median Gross Rent $881 +0.23% +5.76%
Johnstown, PA Median Gross Rent $619 +2.48% +11.13%

Johnstown, PA Real Gross Rent Trends

At $619, real median gross rent in Johnstown was at its highest level in 2016 since the series began in 2005. Average gross rent for Johnstown peaked in real terms in 2015 at $583 and is now $28 (4.80%) lower.

Real Gross Rent in Johnstown: Johnstown PA Median, Johnstown PA Average, Pennsylvania Median, US Median

Lower quartile, median and upper quartile real gross rent

Real Gross Rent History for Johnstown

Date US
Median
Pennsylvania
Median
Johnstown, PA
Median
Johnstown, PA
Average
2016 $981 $881 $619 $555
2015 $972 $879 $604 $583
2014 $942 $855 $556 $531
2013 $910 $833 $557 $522
2012 $898 $811 $552 $494
2011 $898 $811 $553 $502
2010 $912 $814 $587 $515
2009 $916 $803 $539 $503
2008 $932 $821 $560 $498
2007 $885 $769 $506 $467
2006 $895 $779 $564 $481
2005 $869 $772 $528 $485

Johnstown Rental Vacancy Rate

The rental vacancy rate is the fraction of homes for rent that are not occupied.3 In 2016 the rental vacancy rate for Johnstown Pennsylvania was 6.55% according to Census ACS data.

Rental Vacancy Rate in Johnstown Pennsylvania

2016 1 Year Change 3 Year Change
US 5.89% +0.04% -0.60%
Pennsylvania 5.77% 0.00% -0.01%
Johnstown, PA 6.55% -0.15% +0.95%

Trends in Johnstown, PA Rental Vacancy Rate

The rental vacancy rate in Johnstown peaked in 2006 at 9.40%. Since then it has fallen by 2.85% to 6.55%. Data records for this series originated in 2005. From a 2010 post peak low of 2.66%, the rental vacancy rate has increased by 3.89%.

Rental Vacancy Rate: Johnstown PA, Pennsylvania, US

Rental vacancy rate in Pennsylvania

Historical Rental Vacancy Rate data for Johnstown

Date US Pennsylvania Johnstown, PA
2016 5.89% 5.77% 6.55%
2015 5.85% 5.77% 6.70%
2014 6.32% 6.40% 5.80%
2013 6.49% 5.78% 5.60%
2012 6.77% 5.88% 5.18%
2011 7.40% 6.13% 5.19%
2010 8.17% 6.47% 2.66%
2009 8.43% 6.80% 3.84%
2008 7.86% 6.65% 3.35%
2007 7.87% 7.34% 3.98%
2006 7.70% 8.09% 9.40%
2005 7.74% 7.94% 8.30%

Rent as a Fraction of Income

Using median household income data for Johnstown, we can calculate the fraction of income the median household would use to pay rent at the median monthly gross rent rate. For Johnstown, median monthly gross rent as a fraction of median household income was 16.84% in 2016 according to the ACS.

Johnstown Pennsylvania Median Annual Rent as a Fraction of Median Household Income

2016 1 Year Change 3 Year Change
US 20.43% -0.20% -0.35%
Pennsylvania 18.58% -0.12% -0.53%
Johnstown, PA 16.84% +0.65% +0.79%

Trends in Johnstown, PA Rent as a Fraction of Income

Johnstown renters paid 16.84% of median household income towards the median monthly gross rent in 2016. This is the highest fraction of median household income going to rent since the series originated in 2005.

Fraction of Income towards Rent: Johnstown PA, Pennsylvania, US

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

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

Date US Pennsylvania Johnstown, PA
2016 20.43% 18.58% 16.84%
2015 20.63% 18.70% 16.19%
2014 20.89% 19.12% 15.30%
2013 20.78% 19.11% 16.05%
2012 20.65% 18.69% 16.30%
2011 20.70% 18.78% 15.98%
2010 20.50% 18.58% 16.01%
2009 20.12% 17.88% 15.28%
2008 19.00% 17.18% 15.60%
2007 18.66% 16.92% 14.43%
2006 18.90% 17.22% 16.79%
2005 18.89% 17.43% 15.22%

Renter Fraction in Johnstown Pennsylvania

You can calculate the renter fraction in Johnstown 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 Johnstown as a fraction of total Johnstown households. In 2016 25.11% of households were renters according to Census ACS data.

Johnstown Fraction of Renters by Household Units

2016 1 Year Change 3 Year Change
US 36.88% -0.09% +0.38%
Pennsylvania 31.50% +0.22% +0.45%
Johnstown, PA 25.11% -1.74% -0.16%

Trends in the Johnstown, PA Renter Fraction

The Johnstown household renter fraction peaked in in 2008 at 26.96% and is now 1.85% below that level. From a recent low of 24.24% in 2012, the household based renter fraction has now grown by 0.87%. The origin year for the series is 2005.

Fraction of Renting Households: Johnstown PA, Pennsylvania, US

Fraction of renters in Johnstown

History of Johnstown Renter Fraction

Date US Pennsylvania Johnstown, PA
2016 36.88% 31.50% 25.11%
2015 36.97% 31.28% 26.85%
2014 36.90% 31.17% 26.37%
2013 36.50% 31.05% 25.27%
2012 36.09% 31.09% 24.24%
2011 35.42% 30.51% 26.34%
2010 34.65% 29.87% 26.86%
2009 34.13% 29.48% 26.75%
2008 33.36% 29.15% 26.96%
2007 32.80% 28.36% 26.30%
2006 32.73% 28.28% 26.49%
2005 33.10% 28.52% 25.78%

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.