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Lebanon Pennsylvania Residential Rent and Rental Statistics

The median monthly gross residential rent in Lebanon, PA (the Lebanon metro area) was $803 in 2016 according to the Census ACS survey.1 Average gross rent in Lebanon was $806 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 Lebanon median and average rent data will be released in September of 2018.

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

Show dollars as: Nominal Real

Real Gross Rent in Lebanon 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%
Lebanon, PA Median Gross Rent $803 +0.88% +3.48%

Lebanon, PA Real Gross Rent Trends

At $803, real median gross rent in Lebanon was at its highest level in 2016 since the series began in 2005. Average gross rent for Lebanon peaked in real terms in 2015 at $822 and is now $16 (1.95%) lower.

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

Lower quartile, median and upper quartile real gross rent

Real Gross Rent History for Lebanon

Date US
Median
Pennsylvania
Median
Lebanon, PA
Median
Lebanon, PA
Average
2016 $981 $881 $803 $806
2015 $972 $879 $796 $822
2014 $942 $855 $781 $786
2013 $910 $833 $776 $773
2012 $898 $811 $736 $769
2011 $898 $811 $721 $723
2010 $912 $814 $738 $740
2009 $916 $803 $686 $723
2008 $932 $821 $715 $708
2007 $885 $769 $680 $674
2006 $895 $779 $684 $686
2005 $869 $772 $676 $689

Lebanon 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 Lebanon Pennsylvania was 6.23% according to Census ACS data.

Rental Vacancy Rate in Lebanon Pennsylvania

2016 1 Year Change 3 Year Change
US 5.89% +0.04% -0.60%
Pennsylvania 5.77% 0.00% -0.01%
Lebanon, PA 6.23% +0.82%

Trends in Lebanon, PA Rental Vacancy Rate

The rental vacancy rate in Lebanon peaked in 2006 at 9.47%. Since then it has fallen by 3.24% to 6.23%. Data records for this series originated in 2005. From a 2008 post peak low of 1.27%, the rental vacancy rate has increased by 4.96%.

Rental Vacancy Rate: Lebanon PA, Pennsylvania, US

Rental vacancy rate in Pennsylvania

Historical Rental Vacancy Rate data for Lebanon

Date US Pennsylvania Lebanon, PA
2016 5.89% 5.77% 6.23%
2015 5.85% 5.77% 5.41%
2014 6.32% 6.40% 2.02%
2013 6.49% 5.78%
2012 6.77% 5.88%
2011 7.40% 6.13% 2.52%
2010 8.17% 6.47% 7.29%
2009 8.43% 6.80% 3.17%
2008 7.86% 6.65% 1.27%
2007 7.87% 7.34% 1.42%
2006 7.70% 8.09% 9.47%
2005 7.74% 7.94% 3.09%

Rent as a Fraction of Income

Using median household income data for Lebanon, we can calculate the fraction of income the median household would use to pay rent at the median monthly gross rent rate. For Lebanon, median monthly gross rent as a fraction of median household income was 16.83% in 2016 according to the ACS.

Lebanon 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%
Lebanon, PA 16.83% -1.11% +0.28%

Trends in Lebanon, PA Rent as a Fraction of Income

The fraction of median Lebanon household income required to pay median monthly gross rent peaked in 2015 (relative to the 2005 series origin) at 17.94%. Since then it has fallen by 1.11% to 16.83%.

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

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

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

Date US Pennsylvania Lebanon, PA
2016 20.43% 18.58% 16.83%
2015 20.63% 18.70% 17.94%
2014 20.89% 19.12% 17.20%
2013 20.78% 19.11% 16.55%
2012 20.65% 18.69% 16.85%
2011 20.70% 18.78% 15.25%
2010 20.50% 18.58% 16.14%
2009 20.12% 17.88% 14.90%
2008 19.00% 17.18% 14.40%
2007 18.66% 16.92% 15.57%
2006 18.90% 17.22% 14.22%
2005 18.89% 17.43% 14.22%

Renter Fraction in Lebanon Pennsylvania

You can calculate the renter fraction in Lebanon 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 Lebanon as a fraction of total Lebanon households. In 2016 30.44% of households were renters according to Census ACS data.

Lebanon 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%
Lebanon, PA 30.44% -1.76% -0.56%

Trends in the Lebanon, PA Renter Fraction

The Lebanon household renter fraction peaked in in 2015 at 32.20% and is now 1.76% below that level. The origin year for the series is 2005.

Fraction of Renting Households: Lebanon PA, Pennsylvania, US

Fraction of renters in Lebanon

History of Lebanon Renter Fraction

Date US Pennsylvania Lebanon, PA
2016 36.88% 31.50% 30.44%
2015 36.97% 31.28% 32.20%
2014 36.90% 31.17% 30.60%
2013 36.50% 31.05% 31.00%
2012 36.09% 31.09% 29.67%
2011 35.42% 30.51% 26.34%
2010 34.65% 29.87% 28.11%
2009 34.13% 29.48% 26.66%
2008 33.36% 29.15% 25.72%
2007 32.80% 28.36% 25.48%
2006 32.73% 28.28% 23.40%
2005 33.10% 28.52% 28.52%

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.