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Lehigh County Pennsylvania Residential Rent and Rental Statistics

The median monthly gross residential rent in Lehigh County PA was $1,011 in 2017 according to the Census ACS survey.1 Average gross rent in Lehigh County was $1,004 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 Lehigh County median and average rent data will be released in September of 2019.

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

Show dollars as: Nominal Real

Real Gross Rent in Lehigh 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%
Lehigh County PA Median Gross Rent $1,011 -2.79% +6.76%

Lehigh County PA Real Gross Rent Trends

Median gross rent for Lehigh County peaked in real terms in 2016 at $1,040 and is now $29 (2.79%) lower. Average gross rent for Lehigh County peaked in real terms in 2016 at $1,077 and is now $73 (6.78%) lower.

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

Lower quartile, median and upper quartile real gross rent

Real Gross Rent History for Lehigh County

Date US
Median
Pennsylvania
Median
Lehigh County PA
Median
Lehigh County PA
Average
2017 $1,012 $893 $1,011 $1,004
2016 $996 $895 $1,040 $1,077
2015 $987 $893 $1,029 $1,019
2014 $956 $868 $947 $946
2013 $924 $846 $914 $906
2012 $912 $823 $913 $910
2011 $912 $823 $933 $917
2010 $927 $827 $909 $897
2009 $931 $816 $955 $984
2008 $947 $834 $895 $915
2007 $899 $781 $859 $853
2006 $909 $791 $903 $890

Lehigh 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 Lehigh County Pennsylvania was 4.85% according to Census ACS data.

Rental Vacancy Rate in Lehigh County Pennsylvania

2017 1 Year Change 3 Year Change
US 6.18% +0.29% -0.14%
Pennsylvania 5.84% +0.07% -0.56%
Lehigh County PA 4.85% -4.70%

Trends in Lehigh County PA Rental Vacancy Rate

The rental vacancy rate in Lehigh County peaked in 2011 at 9.56%. Since then it has fallen by 4.71% to 4.85%. Data records for this series originated in 2005.

Rental Vacancy Rate: Lehigh County PA, Pennsylvania, US

Rental vacancy rate in Pennsylvania

Historical Rental Vacancy Rate data for Lehigh County

Date US Pennsylvania Lehigh County PA
2017 6.18% 5.84% 4.85%
2016 5.89% 5.77%
2015 5.85% 5.77% 4.44%
2014 6.32% 6.40% 9.55%
2013 6.49% 5.78% 5.91%
2012 6.77% 5.88% 6.72%
2011 7.40% 6.13% 9.56%
2010 8.17% 6.47% 6.66%
2009 8.43% 6.80% 5.18%
2008 7.86% 6.65% 5.12%
2007 7.87% 7.34% 4.54%
2006 7.70% 8.09% 4.35%

Rent as a Fraction of Income

Using median household income data for Lehigh County, we can calculate the fraction of income the median household would use to pay rent at the median monthly gross rent rate. For Lehigh County, median monthly gross rent as a fraction of median household income was 19.93% in 2017 according to the ACS.

Lehigh 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%
Lehigh County PA 19.93% -0.38% +0.99%

Trends in Lehigh County PA Rent as a Fraction of Income

The fraction of median Lehigh County household income required to pay median monthly gross rent peaked in 2015 (relative to the 2005 series origin) at 21.26%. Since then it has fallen by 1.33% to 19.93%.

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

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

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

Date US Pennsylvania Lehigh County PA
2017 20.13% 18.10% 19.93%
2016 20.43% 18.58% 20.31%
2015 20.63% 18.70% 21.26%
2014 20.89% 19.12% 18.94%
2013 20.78% 19.11% 19.80%
2012 20.65% 18.69% 19.69%
2011 20.70% 18.78% 20.97%
2010 20.50% 18.58% 19.46%
2009 20.12% 17.88% 19.47%
2008 19.00% 17.18% 17.27%
2007 18.66% 16.92% 17.46%
2006 18.90% 17.22% 18.77%

Renter Fraction in Lehigh County Pennsylvania

You can calculate the renter fraction in Lehigh 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 Lehigh County as a fraction of total Lehigh County households. In 2017 35.53% of households were renters according to Census ACS data.

Lehigh 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%
Lehigh County PA 35.53% -0.40% +1.68%

Trends in the Lehigh County PA Renter Fraction

The Lehigh County household renter fraction peaked in in 2016 at 35.93% and is now 0.40% below that level. The origin year for the series is 2005.

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

Fraction of renters in Lehigh County

History of Lehigh County Renter Fraction

Date US Pennsylvania Lehigh County PA
2017 36.13% 31.70% 35.53%
2016 36.88% 31.50% 35.93%
2015 36.97% 31.28% 35.16%
2014 36.90% 31.17% 33.85%
2013 36.50% 31.05% 32.67%
2012 36.09% 31.09% 33.52%
2011 35.42% 30.51% 32.96%
2010 34.65% 29.87% 32.92%
2009 34.13% 29.48% 30.80%
2008 33.36% 29.15% 29.79%
2007 32.80% 28.36% 31.06%
2006 32.73% 28.28% 30.08%

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.