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Scranton Pennsylvania Residential Rent and Rental Statistics

The median monthly gross residential rent in Scranton, PA (the Scranton--Wilkes-Barre metro area) was $712 in 2016 according to the Census ACS survey.1 Average gross rent in Scranton was $690 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 Scranton median and average rent data will be released in September of 2018.

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

Show dollars as: Nominal Real

Real Gross Rent in Scranton 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%
Scranton, PA Median Gross Rent $712 -6.68% +4.25%

Scranton, PA Real Gross Rent Trends

Median gross rent for Scranton peaked in real terms in 2015 at $763 and is now $51 (6.68%) lower. Average gross rent for Scranton peaked in real terms in 2015 at $727 and is now $37 (5.09%) lower.

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

Lower quartile, median and upper quartile real gross rent

Real Gross Rent History for Scranton

Date US
Median
Pennsylvania
Median
Scranton, PA
Median
Scranton, PA
Average
2016 $981 $881 $712 $690
2015 $972 $879 $763 $727
2014 $942 $855 $735 $692
2013 $910 $833 $683 $664
2012 $898 $811 $654 $636
2011 $898 $811 $687 $659
2010 $912 $814 $674 $657
2009 $916 $803 $668 $659
2008 $932 $821 $666 $633
2007 $885 $769 $661 $617
2006 $895 $779 $653 $624
2005 $869 $772 $632 $602

Scranton 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 Scranton Pennsylvania was 5.67% according to Census ACS data.

Rental Vacancy Rate in Scranton Pennsylvania

2016 1 Year Change 3 Year Change
US 5.89% +0.04% -0.60%
Pennsylvania 5.77% 0.00% -0.01%
Scranton, PA 5.67% +0.02% +1.65%

Trends in Scranton, PA Rental Vacancy Rate

The rental vacancy rate in Scranton peaked in 2008 at 7.78%. Since then it has fallen by 2.11% to 5.67%. Data records for this series originated in 2005. From a 2011 post peak low of 3.25%, the rental vacancy rate has increased by 2.42%.

Rental Vacancy Rate: Scranton PA, Pennsylvania, US

Rental vacancy rate in Pennsylvania

Historical Rental Vacancy Rate data for Scranton

Date US Pennsylvania Scranton, PA
2016 5.89% 5.77% 5.67%
2015 5.85% 5.77% 5.65%
2014 6.32% 6.40% 7.16%
2013 6.49% 5.78% 4.02%
2012 6.77% 5.88% 3.52%
2011 7.40% 6.13% 3.25%
2010 8.17% 6.47% 3.54%
2009 8.43% 6.80% 5.58%
2008 7.86% 6.65% 7.78%
2007 7.87% 7.34% 6.76%
2006 7.70% 8.09% 5.98%
2005 7.74% 7.94% 5.96%

Rent as a Fraction of Income

Using median household income data for Scranton, we can calculate the fraction of income the median household would use to pay rent at the median monthly gross rent rate. For Scranton, median monthly gross rent as a fraction of median household income was 18.02% in 2016 according to the ACS.

Scranton 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%
Scranton, PA 18.02% -0.18% +0.04%

Trends in Scranton, PA Rent as a Fraction of Income

The fraction of median Scranton household income required to pay median monthly gross rent peaked in 2014 (relative to the 2005 series origin) at 19.33%. Since then it has fallen by 1.31% to 18.02%.

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

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

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

Date US Pennsylvania Scranton, PA
2016 20.43% 18.58% 18.02%
2015 20.63% 18.70% 18.19%
2014 20.89% 19.12% 19.33%
2013 20.78% 19.11% 17.97%
2012 20.65% 18.69% 18.02%
2011 20.70% 18.78% 18.20%
2010 20.50% 18.58% 17.90%
2009 20.12% 17.88% 17.62%
2008 19.00% 17.18% 16.82%
2007 18.66% 16.92% 16.85%
2006 18.90% 17.22% 16.74%
2005 18.89% 17.43% 17.05%

Renter Fraction in Scranton Pennsylvania

You can calculate the renter fraction in Scranton 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 Scranton as a fraction of total Scranton households. In 2016 33.24% of households were renters according to Census ACS data.

Scranton 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%
Scranton, PA 33.24% +0.70% +1.24%

Trends in the Scranton, PA Renter Fraction

The Scranton household renter fraction peaked in in 2012 at 34.45% and is now 1.21% below that level. The origin year for the series is 2005.

Fraction of Renting Households: Scranton PA, Pennsylvania, US

Fraction of renters in Scranton

History of Scranton Renter Fraction

Date US Pennsylvania Scranton, PA
2016 36.88% 31.50% 33.24%
2015 36.97% 31.28% 32.54%
2014 36.90% 31.17% 31.56%
2013 36.50% 31.05% 32.00%
2012 36.09% 31.09% 34.45%
2011 35.42% 30.51% 32.80%
2010 34.65% 29.87% 32.16%
2009 34.13% 29.48% 31.94%
2008 33.36% 29.15% 32.23%
2007 32.80% 28.36% 31.33%
2006 32.73% 28.28% 30.28%
2005 33.10% 28.52% 30.29%

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.