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Lawrence County Pennsylvania Residential Rent and Rental Statistics

The median monthly gross residential rent in Lawrence County PA was $648 in 2017 according to the Census ACS survey.1 Average gross rent in Lawrence County was $616 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 Lawrence County median and average rent data will be released in September of 2019.

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

Show dollars as: Nominal Real

Real Gross Rent in Lawrence 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%
Lawrence County PA Median Gross Rent $648 +0.31% -0.31%

Lawrence County PA Real Gross Rent Trends

Median gross rent for Lawrence County peaked in real terms in 2006 at $684 and is now $36 (5.26%) lower. From a recent low of 606.0 in 2012, real median gross rent has now increased by $42 (6.93%). Average gross rent for Lawrence County peaked in real terms in 2009 at $675 and is now $59 (8.74%) lower. From a recent low of 521.0 in 2011, real average gross rent has now increased by $95 (18.23%).

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

Lower quartile, median and upper quartile real gross rent

Real Gross Rent History for Lawrence County

Date US
Median
Pennsylvania
Median
Lawrence County PA
Median
Lawrence County PA
Average
2017 $1,012 $893 $648 $616
2016 $996 $895 $646 $613
2015 $987 $893 $678 $619
2014 $956 $868 $650 $572
2013 $924 $846 $619 $568
2012 $912 $823 $606 $558
2011 $912 $823 $633 $521
2010 $927 $827 $646 $573
2009 $931 $816 $659 $675
2008 $947 $834 $669 $585
2007 $899 $781 $630 $590
2006 $909 $791 $684 $635

Lawrence 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 Lawrence County Pennsylvania was 1.43% according to Census ACS data.

Rental Vacancy Rate in Lawrence County Pennsylvania

2017 1 Year Change 3 Year Change
US 6.18% +0.29% -0.14%
Pennsylvania 5.84% +0.07% -0.56%
Lawrence County PA 1.43% -5.00%

Trends in Lawrence County PA Rental Vacancy Rate

The rental vacancy rate in Lawrence County peaked in 2006 at 15.09%. Since then it has fallen by 13.66% to 1.43%. Data records for this series originated in 2005.

Rental Vacancy Rate: Lawrence County PA, Pennsylvania, US

Rental vacancy rate in Pennsylvania

Historical Rental Vacancy Rate data for Lawrence County

Date US Pennsylvania Lawrence County PA
2017 6.18% 5.84% 1.43%
2016 5.89% 5.77% 6.43%
2015 5.85% 5.77% 6.87%
2014 6.32% 6.40%
2013 6.49% 5.78% 7.99%
2012 6.77% 5.88% 6.07%
2011 7.40% 6.13% 3.70%
2010 8.17% 6.47%
2009 8.43% 6.80% 9.16%
2008 7.86% 6.65% 13.19%
2007 7.87% 7.34% 3.03%
2006 7.70% 8.09% 15.09%

Rent as a Fraction of Income

Using median household income data for Lawrence County, we can calculate the fraction of income the median household would use to pay rent at the median monthly gross rent rate. For Lawrence County, median monthly gross rent as a fraction of median household income was 15.56% in 2017 according to the ACS.

Lawrence 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%
Lawrence County PA 15.56% -0.70% -1.24%

Trends in Lawrence County PA Rent as a Fraction of Income

The fraction of median Lawrence County household income required to pay median monthly gross rent peaked in 2010 (relative to the 2005 series origin) at 18.73%. Since then it has fallen by 3.16% to 15.56%.

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

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

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

Date US Pennsylvania Lawrence County PA
2017 20.13% 18.10% 15.56%
2016 20.43% 18.58% 16.27%
2015 20.63% 18.70% 18.42%
2014 20.89% 19.12% 16.80%
2013 20.78% 19.11% 16.75%
2012 20.65% 18.69% 16.17%
2011 20.70% 18.78% 17.42%
2010 20.50% 18.58% 18.73%
2009 20.12% 17.88% 16.54%
2008 19.00% 17.18% 16.57%
2007 18.66% 16.92% 16.29%
2006 18.90% 17.22% 17.48%

Renter Fraction in Lawrence County Pennsylvania

You can calculate the renter fraction in Lawrence 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 Lawrence County as a fraction of total Lawrence County households. In 2017 24.69% of households were renters according to Census ACS data.

Lawrence 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%
Lawrence County PA 24.69% -1.83% -2.09%

Trends in the Lawrence County PA Renter Fraction

The Lawrence County household renter fraction peaked in in 2015 at 26.81% and is now 2.12% below that level. The origin year for the series is 2005.

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

Fraction of renters in Lawrence County

History of Lawrence County Renter Fraction

Date US Pennsylvania Lawrence County PA
2017 36.13% 31.70% 24.69%
2016 36.88% 31.50% 26.52%
2015 36.97% 31.28% 26.81%
2014 36.90% 31.17% 26.78%
2013 36.50% 31.05% 26.40%
2012 36.09% 31.09% 26.43%
2011 35.42% 30.51% 24.60%
2010 34.65% 29.87% 25.86%
2009 34.13% 29.48% 20.25%
2008 33.36% 29.15% 22.05%
2007 32.80% 28.36% 21.77%
2006 32.73% 28.28% 21.76%

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.