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Westmoreland County Pennsylvania Residential Rent and Rental Statistics

The median monthly gross residential rent in Westmoreland County PA was $665 in 2017 according to the Census ACS survey.1 Average gross rent in Westmoreland County was $636 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 Westmoreland County median and average rent data will be released in September of 2019.

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

Show dollars as: Nominal Real

Real Gross Rent in Westmoreland 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%
Westmoreland County PA Median Gross Rent $665 -5.00% 0.00%

Westmoreland County PA Real Gross Rent Trends

Median gross rent for Westmoreland County peaked in real terms in 2016 at $700 and is now $35 (5.00%) lower. Average gross rent for Westmoreland County peaked in real terms in 2016 at $679 and is now $43 (6.33%) lower.

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

Lower quartile, median and upper quartile real gross rent

Real Gross Rent History for Westmoreland County

Date US
Median
Pennsylvania
Median
Westmoreland County PA
Median
Westmoreland County PA
Average
2017 $1,012 $893 $665 $636
2016 $996 $895 $700 $679
2015 $987 $893 $676 $661
2014 $956 $868 $665 $607
2013 $924 $846 $650 $613
2012 $912 $823 $664 $616
2011 $912 $823 $652 $631
2010 $927 $827 $650 $621
2009 $931 $816 $618 $596
2008 $947 $834 $658 $612
2007 $899 $781 $623 $612
2006 $909 $791 $635 $611

Westmoreland 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 Westmoreland County Pennsylvania was 6.84% according to Census ACS data.

Rental Vacancy Rate in Westmoreland County Pennsylvania

2017 1 Year Change 3 Year Change
US 6.18% +0.29% -0.14%
Pennsylvania 5.84% +0.07% -0.56%
Westmoreland County PA 6.84% -1.28% +1.38%

Trends in Westmoreland County PA Rental Vacancy Rate

The rental vacancy rate in Westmoreland County peaked in 2007 at 9.18%. Since then it has fallen by 2.34% to 6.84%. Data records for this series originated in 2005. From a 2011 post peak low of 2.59%, the rental vacancy rate has increased by 4.25%.

Rental Vacancy Rate: Westmoreland County PA, Pennsylvania, US

Rental vacancy rate in Pennsylvania

Historical Rental Vacancy Rate data for Westmoreland County

Date US Pennsylvania Westmoreland County PA
2017 6.18% 5.84% 6.84%
2016 5.89% 5.77% 8.12%
2015 5.85% 5.77% 5.91%
2014 6.32% 6.40% 5.46%
2013 6.49% 5.78% 6.23%
2012 6.77% 5.88% 6.58%
2011 7.40% 6.13% 2.59%
2010 8.17% 6.47% 6.12%
2009 8.43% 6.80% 3.07%
2008 7.86% 6.65% 2.79%
2007 7.87% 7.34% 9.18%
2006 7.70% 8.09% 8.64%

Rent as a Fraction of Income

Using median household income data for Westmoreland County, we can calculate the fraction of income the median household would use to pay rent at the median monthly gross rent rate. For Westmoreland County, median monthly gross rent as a fraction of median household income was 13.14% in 2017 according to the ACS.

Westmoreland 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%
Westmoreland County PA 13.14% -1.43% -1.32%

Trends in Westmoreland County PA Rent as a Fraction of Income

The fraction of median Westmoreland County household income required to pay median monthly gross rent peaked in 2011 (relative to the 2005 series origin) at 16.06%. Since then it has fallen by 2.92% to 13.14%.

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

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

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

Date US Pennsylvania Westmoreland County PA
2017 20.13% 18.10% 13.14%
2016 20.43% 18.58% 14.58%
2015 20.63% 18.70% 14.73%
2014 20.89% 19.12% 14.46%
2013 20.78% 19.11% 14.81%
2012 20.65% 18.69% 15.54%
2011 20.70% 18.78% 16.06%
2010 20.50% 18.58% 15.53%
2009 20.12% 17.88% 14.15%
2008 19.00% 17.18% 14.64%
2007 18.66% 16.92% 14.25%
2006 18.90% 17.22% 14.66%

Renter Fraction in Westmoreland County Pennsylvania

You can calculate the renter fraction in Westmoreland 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 Westmoreland County as a fraction of total Westmoreland County households. In 2017 22.40% of households were renters according to Census ACS data.

Westmoreland 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%
Westmoreland County PA 22.40% +1.16% -0.99%

Trends in the Westmoreland County PA Renter Fraction

The Westmoreland County household renter fraction peaked in in 2010 at 25.85% and is now 3.45% below that level. From a recent low of 21.24% in 2016, the household based renter fraction has now grown by 1.16%. The origin year for the series is 2005.

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

Fraction of renters in Westmoreland County

History of Westmoreland County Renter Fraction

Date US Pennsylvania Westmoreland County PA
2017 36.13% 31.70% 22.40%
2016 36.88% 31.50% 21.24%
2015 36.97% 31.28% 23.24%
2014 36.90% 31.17% 23.39%
2013 36.50% 31.05% 22.71%
2012 36.09% 31.09% 23.38%
2011 35.42% 30.51% 25.55%
2010 34.65% 29.87% 25.85%
2009 34.13% 29.48% 23.41%
2008 33.36% 29.15% 23.22%
2007 32.80% 28.36% 21.96%
2006 32.73% 28.28% 24.00%

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.