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Schuylkill County Pennsylvania Residential Rent and Rental Statistics

The median monthly gross residential rent in Schuylkill County PA was $640 in 2017 according to the Census ACS survey.1 Average gross rent in Schuylkill County was $603 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 Schuylkill County median and average rent data will be released in September of 2019.

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

Show dollars as: Nominal Real

Real Gross Rent in Schuylkill 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%
Schuylkill County PA Median Gross Rent $640 -5.19% -6.02%

Schuylkill County PA Real Gross Rent Trends

Median gross rent for Schuylkill County peaked in real terms in 2015 at $689 and is now $49 (7.11%) lower. Average gross rent for Schuylkill County peaked in real terms in 2015 at $661 and is now $58 (8.77%) lower.

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

Lower quartile, median and upper quartile real gross rent

Real Gross Rent History for Schuylkill County

Date US
Median
Pennsylvania
Median
Schuylkill County PA
Median
Schuylkill County PA
Average
2017 $1,012 $893 $640 $603
2016 $996 $895 $675 $580
2015 $987 $893 $689 $661
2014 $956 $868 $681 $613
2013 $924 $846 $615 $632
2012 $912 $823 $604 $579
2011 $912 $823 $642 $551
2010 $927 $827 $629 $592
2009 $931 $816 $596 $548
2008 $947 $834 $612 $561
2007 $899 $781 $583 $542
2006 $909 $791 $610 $547

Schuylkill 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 Schuylkill County Pennsylvania was 4.71% according to Census ACS data.

Rental Vacancy Rate in Schuylkill County Pennsylvania

2017 1 Year Change 3 Year Change
US 6.18% +0.29% -0.14%
Pennsylvania 5.84% +0.07% -0.56%
Schuylkill County PA 4.71% +0.12% -5.16%

Trends in Schuylkill County PA Rental Vacancy Rate

The rental vacancy rate in Schuylkill County peaked in 2014 at 9.87%. Since then it has fallen by 5.16% to 4.71%. Data records for this series originated in 2005.

Rental Vacancy Rate: Schuylkill County PA, Pennsylvania, US

Rental vacancy rate in Pennsylvania

Historical Rental Vacancy Rate data for Schuylkill County

Date US Pennsylvania Schuylkill County PA
2017 6.18% 5.84% 4.71%
2016 5.89% 5.77% 4.59%
2015 5.85% 5.77% 3.39%
2014 6.32% 6.40% 9.87%
2013 6.49% 5.78% 4.94%
2012 6.77% 5.88% 2.35%
2011 7.40% 6.13% 6.61%
2010 8.17% 6.47% 7.52%
2009 8.43% 6.80% 2.51%
2008 7.86% 6.65% 7.10%
2007 7.87% 7.34% 2.66%
2006 7.70% 8.09% 3.23%

Rent as a Fraction of Income

Using median household income data for Schuylkill County, we can calculate the fraction of income the median household would use to pay rent at the median monthly gross rent rate. For Schuylkill County, median monthly gross rent as a fraction of median household income was 15.50% in 2017 according to the ACS.

Schuylkill 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%
Schuylkill County PA 15.50% -0.25% -3.04%

Trends in Schuylkill County PA Rent as a Fraction of Income

The fraction of median Schuylkill County household income required to pay median monthly gross rent peaked in 2014 (relative to the 2005 series origin) at 18.54%. Since then it has fallen by 3.04% to 15.50%.

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

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

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

Date US Pennsylvania Schuylkill County PA
2017 20.13% 18.10% 15.50%
2016 20.43% 18.58% 15.74%
2015 20.63% 18.70% 17.55%
2014 20.89% 19.12% 18.54%
2013 20.78% 19.11% 17.57%
2012 20.65% 18.69% 15.58%
2011 20.70% 18.78% 15.51%
2010 20.50% 18.58% 17.29%
2009 20.12% 17.88% 15.58%
2008 19.00% 17.18% 14.74%
2007 18.66% 16.92% 15.04%
2006 18.90% 17.22% 15.96%

Renter Fraction in Schuylkill County Pennsylvania

You can calculate the renter fraction in Schuylkill 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 Schuylkill County as a fraction of total Schuylkill County households. In 2017 26.91% of households were renters according to Census ACS data.

Schuylkill 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%
Schuylkill County PA 26.91% +1.64% +2.18%

Trends in the Schuylkill County PA Renter Fraction

The Schuylkill County household renter fraction peaked in in 2013 at 27.57% and is now 0.66% below that level. The origin year for the series is 2005.

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

Fraction of renters in Schuylkill County

History of Schuylkill County Renter Fraction

Date US Pennsylvania Schuylkill County PA
2017 36.13% 31.70% 26.91%
2016 36.88% 31.50% 25.27%
2015 36.97% 31.28% 23.62%
2014 36.90% 31.17% 24.73%
2013 36.50% 31.05% 27.57%
2012 36.09% 31.09% 26.56%
2011 35.42% 30.51% 23.33%
2010 34.65% 29.87% 22.62%
2009 34.13% 29.48% 24.22%
2008 33.36% 29.15% 24.92%
2007 32.80% 28.36% 21.77%
2006 32.73% 28.28% 21.69%

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.