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Montgomery County Pennsylvania Residential Rent and Rental Statistics

The median monthly gross residential rent in Montgomery County PA was $1,246 in 2017 according to the Census ACS survey.1 Average gross rent in Montgomery County was $1,278 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 Montgomery County median and average rent data will be released in September of 2019.

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

Show dollars as: Nominal Real

Real Gross Rent in Montgomery 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%
Montgomery County PA Median Gross Rent $1,246 +0.73% +4.88%

Montgomery County PA Real Gross Rent Trends

Median gross rent for Montgomery County peaked in real terms in 2015 at $1,249 and is now $3 (0.24%) lower. Average gross rent for Montgomery County peaked in real terms in 2016 at $1,289 and is now $11 (0.85%) lower.

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

Lower quartile, median and upper quartile real gross rent

Real Gross Rent History for Montgomery County

Date US
Median
Pennsylvania
Median
Montgomery County PA
Median
Montgomery County PA
Average
2017 $1,012 $893 $1,246 $1,278
2016 $996 $895 $1,237 $1,289
2015 $987 $893 $1,249 $1,260
2014 $956 $868 $1,188 $1,226
2013 $924 $846 $1,137 $1,175
2012 $912 $823 $1,163 $1,186
2011 $912 $823 $1,156 $1,183
2010 $927 $827 $1,146 $1,191
2009 $931 $816 $1,177 $1,199
2008 $947 $834 $1,134 $1,167
2007 $899 $781 $1,087 $1,120
2006 $909 $791 $1,128 $1,168

Montgomery 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 Montgomery County Pennsylvania was 6.19% according to Census ACS data.

Rental Vacancy Rate in Montgomery County Pennsylvania

2017 1 Year Change 3 Year Change
US 6.18% +0.29% -0.14%
Pennsylvania 5.84% +0.07% -0.56%
Montgomery County PA 6.19% +1.85% +1.05%

Trends in Montgomery County PA Rental Vacancy Rate

The rental vacancy rate in Montgomery County peaked in 2010 at 10.14%. Since then it has fallen by 3.95% to 6.19%. Data records for this series originated in 2005. From a 2016 post peak low of 4.34%, the rental vacancy rate has increased by 1.85%.

Rental Vacancy Rate: Montgomery County PA, Pennsylvania, US

Rental vacancy rate in Pennsylvania

Historical Rental Vacancy Rate data for Montgomery County

Date US Pennsylvania Montgomery County PA
2017 6.18% 5.84% 6.19%
2016 5.89% 5.77% 4.34%
2015 5.85% 5.77% 5.57%
2014 6.32% 6.40% 5.14%
2013 6.49% 5.78% 8.40%
2012 6.77% 5.88% 8.73%
2011 7.40% 6.13% 9.00%
2010 8.17% 6.47% 10.14%
2009 8.43% 6.80% 8.04%
2008 7.86% 6.65% 6.05%
2007 7.87% 7.34% 5.33%
2006 7.70% 8.09% 5.96%

Rent as a Fraction of Income

Using median household income data for Montgomery County, we can calculate the fraction of income the median household would use to pay rent at the median monthly gross rent rate. For Montgomery County, median monthly gross rent as a fraction of median household income was 17.13% in 2017 according to the ACS.

Montgomery 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%
Montgomery County PA 17.13% -0.25% -0.38%

Trends in Montgomery County PA Rent as a Fraction of Income

The fraction of median Montgomery County household income required to pay median monthly gross rent peaked in 2012 (relative to the 2005 series origin) at 17.57%. Since then it has fallen by 0.45% to 17.13%.

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

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

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

Date US Pennsylvania Montgomery County PA
2017 20.13% 18.10% 17.13%
2016 20.43% 18.58% 17.38%
2015 20.63% 18.70% 17.50%
2014 20.89% 19.12% 17.51%
2013 20.78% 19.11% 17.36%
2012 20.65% 18.69% 17.57%
2011 20.70% 18.78% 17.38%
2010 20.50% 18.58% 16.81%
2009 20.12% 17.88% 17.07%
2008 19.00% 17.18% 15.17%
2007 18.66% 16.92% 15.47%
2006 18.90% 17.22% 15.97%

Renter Fraction in Montgomery County Pennsylvania

You can calculate the renter fraction in Montgomery 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 Montgomery County as a fraction of total Montgomery County households. In 2017 28.33% of households were renters according to Census ACS data.

Montgomery 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%
Montgomery County PA 28.33% -0.51% -0.27%

Trends in the Montgomery County PA Renter Fraction

The Montgomery County household renter fraction peaked in in 2016 at 28.84% and is now 0.51% below that level. The origin year for the series is 2005.

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

Fraction of renters in Montgomery County

History of Montgomery County Renter Fraction

Date US Pennsylvania Montgomery County PA
2017 36.13% 31.70% 28.33%
2016 36.88% 31.50% 28.84%
2015 36.97% 31.28% 27.54%
2014 36.90% 31.17% 28.60%
2013 36.50% 31.05% 27.52%
2012 36.09% 31.09% 28.19%
2011 35.42% 30.51% 27.43%
2010 34.65% 29.87% 27.00%
2009 34.13% 29.48% 25.50%
2008 33.36% 29.15% 26.72%
2007 32.80% 28.36% 24.17%
2006 32.73% 28.28% 24.07%

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.