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Williamsport Pennsylvania Residential Rent and Rental Statistics

The median monthly gross residential rent in Williamsport, PA (the Williamsport metro area) was $779 in 2016 according to the Census ACS survey.1 Average gross rent in Williamsport was $771 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 Williamsport median and average rent data will be released in September of 2018.

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

Show dollars as: Nominal Real

Real Gross Rent in Williamsport 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%
Williamsport, PA Median Gross Rent $779 +1.83% +8.04%

Williamsport, PA Real Gross Rent Trends

At $779, real median gross rent in Williamsport was at its highest level in 2016 since the series began in 2005. At $771, real average gross rent in Williamsport was at its highest level in 2016 since the series began in 2005.

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

Lower quartile, median and upper quartile real gross rent

Real Gross Rent History for Williamsport

Date US
Median
Pennsylvania
Median
Williamsport, PA
Median
Williamsport, PA
Average
2016 $981 $881 $779 $771
2015 $972 $879 $765 $742
2014 $942 $855 $747 $734
2013 $910 $833 $721 $683
2012 $898 $811 $722 $708
2011 $898 $811 $668 $689
2010 $912 $814 $642 $617
2009 $916 $803 $650 $640
2008 $932 $821 $644 $674
2007 $885 $769 $650 $620
2006 $895 $779 $659 $656
2005 $869 $772 $648 $627

Williamsport 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 Williamsport Pennsylvania was 10.55% according to Census ACS data.

Rental Vacancy Rate in Williamsport Pennsylvania

2016 1 Year Change 3 Year Change
US 5.89% +0.04% -0.60%
Pennsylvania 5.77% 0.00% -0.01%
Williamsport, PA 10.55% +3.29%

Trends in Williamsport, PA Rental Vacancy Rate

At 10.55%, Williamsport residential rental vacancy rate in 2016 is at the highest point since 2005, the beginning of our reporting for this series.

Rental Vacancy Rate: Williamsport PA, Pennsylvania, US

Rental vacancy rate in Pennsylvania

Historical Rental Vacancy Rate data for Williamsport

Date US Pennsylvania Williamsport, PA
2016 5.89% 5.77% 10.55%
2015 5.85% 5.77% 7.26%
2014 6.32% 6.40% 4.87%
2013 6.49% 5.78%
2012 6.77% 5.88% 3.35%
2011 7.40% 6.13%
2010 8.17% 6.47% 4.30%
2009 8.43% 6.80% 4.65%
2008 7.86% 6.65% 7.63%
2007 7.87% 7.34% 3.40%
2006 7.70% 8.09% 4.45%
2005 7.74% 7.94% 5.52%

Rent as a Fraction of Income

Using median household income data for Williamsport, we can calculate the fraction of income the median household would use to pay rent at the median monthly gross rent rate. For Williamsport, median monthly gross rent as a fraction of median household income was 19.06% in 2016 according to the ACS.

Williamsport 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%
Williamsport, PA 19.06% +1.45% +0.90%

Trends in Williamsport, PA Rent as a Fraction of Income

The fraction of median Williamsport household income required to pay median monthly gross rent peaked in 2014 (relative to the 2005 series origin) at 19.69%. Since then it has fallen by 0.63% to 19.06%.

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

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

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

Date US Pennsylvania Williamsport, PA
2016 20.43% 18.58% 19.06%
2015 20.63% 18.70% 17.61%
2014 20.89% 19.12% 19.69%
2013 20.78% 19.11% 18.16%
2012 20.65% 18.69% 18.67%
2011 20.70% 18.78% 18.34%
2010 20.50% 18.58% 17.60%
2009 20.12% 17.88% 17.92%
2008 19.00% 17.18% 16.22%
2007 18.66% 16.92% 16.66%
2006 18.90% 17.22% 17.33%
2005 18.89% 17.43% 16.90%

Renter Fraction in Williamsport Pennsylvania

You can calculate the renter fraction in Williamsport 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 Williamsport as a fraction of total Williamsport households. In 2016 31.93% of households were renters according to Census ACS data.

Williamsport 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%
Williamsport, PA 31.93% +1.08% +4.17%

Trends in the Williamsport, PA Renter Fraction

The Williamsport household renter fraction peaked in in 2010 at 32.26% and is now 0.33% below that level. From a recent low of 27.76% in 2013, the household based renter fraction has now grown by 4.17%. The origin year for the series is 2005.

Fraction of Renting Households: Williamsport PA, Pennsylvania, US

Fraction of renters in Williamsport

History of Williamsport Renter Fraction

Date US Pennsylvania Williamsport, PA
2016 36.88% 31.50% 31.93%
2015 36.97% 31.28% 30.85%
2014 36.90% 31.17% 31.06%
2013 36.50% 31.05% 27.76%
2012 36.09% 31.09% 29.47%
2011 35.42% 30.51% 31.52%
2010 34.65% 29.87% 32.26%
2009 34.13% 29.48% 31.38%
2008 33.36% 29.15% 30.55%
2007 32.80% 28.36% 29.37%
2006 32.73% 28.28% 31.44%
2005 33.10% 28.52% 31.52%

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.