# Johnstown Pennsylvania Residential Rent and Rental Statistics

The **median monthly gross residential rent in Johnstown, PA (the Johnstown metro area) was $601 in 2017** according to the Census ACS survey.^{1} **Average gross rent in Johnstown was $560 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 Johnstown median and average rent data will be released in September of 2019.

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.

### Real Gross Rent in Johnstown 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% |

Johnstown, PA Median Gross Rent | $601 | -4.45% | +6.56% |

## Johnstown, PA Real Gross Rent Trends

Median gross rent for Johnstown peaked in real terms in 2016 at $629 and is now $28 (4.45%) lower. Average gross rent for Johnstown peaked in real terms in 2015 at $592 and is now $32 (5.41%) lower.

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

## Real Gross Rent History for Johnstown

Date | US Median |
Pennsylvania Median |
Johnstown, PA Median |
Johnstown, PA Average |
---|---|---|---|---|

2017 | $1,012 | $893 | $601 | $560 |

2016 | $996 | $895 | $629 | $564 |

2015 | $987 | $893 | $613 | $592 |

2014 | $956 | $868 | $564 | $540 |

2013 | $924 | $846 | $566 | $530 |

2012 | $912 | $823 | $560 | $501 |

2011 | $912 | $823 | $561 | $510 |

2010 | $927 | $827 | $596 | $523 |

2009 | $931 | $816 | $547 | $511 |

2008 | $947 | $834 | $569 | $505 |

2007 | $899 | $781 | $514 | $474 |

2006 | $909 | $791 | $573 | $488 |

## Johnstown 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 Johnstown Pennsylvania was 9.55%** according to Census ACS data.

### Rental Vacancy Rate in Johnstown Pennsylvania

2017 | 1 Year Change | 3 Year Change | |
---|---|---|---|

US | 6.18% | +0.29% | -0.14% |

Pennsylvania | 5.84% | +0.07% | -0.56% |

Johnstown, PA | 9.55% | +3.00% | +3.75% |

## Trends in Johnstown, PA Rental Vacancy Rate

At 9.55%, Johnstown residential rental vacancy rate in 2017 is at the highest point since 2005, the beginning of our reporting for this series.

### Rental Vacancy Rate: Johnstown PA, Pennsylvania, US

## Historical Rental Vacancy Rate data for Johnstown

Date | US | Pennsylvania | Johnstown, PA |
---|---|---|---|

2017 | 6.18% | 5.84% | 9.55% |

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% |

## 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 15.48% in 2017** according to the ACS.

### Johnstown 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% |

Johnstown, PA | 15.48% | -1.37% | +0.18% |

## Trends in Johnstown, PA Rent as a Fraction of Income

The fraction of median Johnstown household income required to pay median monthly gross rent peaked in 2016 (relative to the 2005 series origin) at 16.84%. Since then it has fallen by 1.37% to 15.48%.

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

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

Date | US | Pennsylvania | Johnstown, PA |
---|---|---|---|

2017 | 20.13% | 18.10% | 15.48% |

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% |

## 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 2017 24.40% of households were renters** according to Census ACS data.

### Johnstown 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% |

Johnstown, PA | 24.40% | -0.71% | -1.97% |

## Trends in the Johnstown, PA Renter Fraction

The Johnstown household renter fraction peaked in in 2008 at 26.96% and is now 2.56% below that level. From a recent low of 24.24% in 2012, the household based renter fraction has now grown by 0.16%. The origin year for the series is 2005.

### Fraction of Renting Households: Johnstown PA, Pennsylvania, US

## History of Johnstown Renter Fraction

Date | US | Pennsylvania | Johnstown, PA |
---|---|---|---|

2017 | 36.13% | 31.70% | 24.40% |

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% |

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. ↩