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York County Pennsylvania Residential Rent and Rental Statistics

The median monthly gross residential rent in York County PA was $954 in 2017 according to the Census ACS survey.1 Average gross rent in York County was $930 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 York County median and average rent data will be released in September of 2019.

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

Show dollars as: Nominal Real

Real Gross Rent in York 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%
York County PA Median Gross Rent $954 +6.24% +8.90%

York County PA Real Gross Rent Trends

At $954, real median gross rent in York County was at its highest level in 2017 since the series began in 2005. At $930, real average gross rent in York County was at its highest level in 2017 since the series began in 2005.

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

Lower quartile, median and upper quartile real gross rent

Real Gross Rent History for York County

Date US
Median
Pennsylvania
Median
York County PA
Median
York County PA
Average
2017 $1,012 $893 $954 $930
2016 $996 $895 $898 $875
2015 $987 $893 $916 $867
2014 $956 $868 $876 $869
2013 $924 $846 $852 $829
2012 $912 $823 $820 $825
2011 $912 $823 $829 $815
2010 $927 $827 $863 $857
2009 $931 $816 $823 $821
2008 $947 $834 $829 $839
2007 $899 $781 $796 $807
2006 $909 $791 $788 $803

York 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 York County Pennsylvania was 4.82% according to Census ACS data.

Rental Vacancy Rate in York County Pennsylvania

2017 1 Year Change 3 Year Change
US 6.18% +0.29% -0.14%
Pennsylvania 5.84% +0.07% -0.56%
York County PA 4.82% -0.31% +1.77%

Trends in York County PA Rental Vacancy Rate

The rental vacancy rate in York County peaked in 2006 at 6.69%. Since then it has fallen by 1.87% to 4.82%. Data records for this series originated in 2005. From a 2014 post peak low of 3.05%, the rental vacancy rate has increased by 1.77%.

Rental Vacancy Rate: York County PA, Pennsylvania, US

Rental vacancy rate in Pennsylvania

Historical Rental Vacancy Rate data for York County

Date US Pennsylvania York County PA
2017 6.18% 5.84% 4.82%
2016 5.89% 5.77% 5.13%
2015 5.85% 5.77% 6.69%
2014 6.32% 6.40% 3.05%
2013 6.49% 5.78% 5.53%
2012 6.77% 5.88% 4.40%
2011 7.40% 6.13% 3.93%
2010 8.17% 6.47% 4.45%
2009 8.43% 6.80% 6.50%
2008 7.86% 6.65% 3.08%
2007 7.87% 7.34% 6.55%
2006 7.70% 8.09% 6.69%

Rent as a Fraction of Income

Using median household income data for York County, we can calculate the fraction of income the median household would use to pay rent at the median monthly gross rent rate. For York County, median monthly gross rent as a fraction of median household income was 18.02% in 2017 according to the ACS.

York 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%
York County PA 18.02% +1.04% +0.49%

Trends in York County PA Rent as a Fraction of Income

The fraction of median York County household income required to pay median monthly gross rent peaked in 2015 (relative to the 2005 series origin) at 18.28%. Since then it has fallen by 0.26% to 18.02%.

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

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

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

Date US Pennsylvania York County PA
2017 20.13% 18.10% 18.02%
2016 20.43% 18.58% 16.98%
2015 20.63% 18.70% 18.28%
2014 20.89% 19.12% 17.53%
2013 20.78% 19.11% 17.54%
2012 20.65% 18.69% 17.14%
2011 20.70% 18.78% 17.09%
2010 20.50% 18.58% 16.95%
2009 20.12% 17.88% 15.68%
2008 19.00% 17.18% 15.22%
2007 18.66% 16.92% 15.22%
2006 18.90% 17.22% 15.15%

Renter Fraction in York County Pennsylvania

You can calculate the renter fraction in York 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 York County as a fraction of total York County households. In 2017 26.29% of households were renters according to Census ACS data.

York 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%
York County PA 26.29% +2.16% +1.29%

Trends in the York County PA Renter Fraction

The York County household renter fraction peaked in in 2013 at 26.87% and is now 0.58% below that level. The origin year for the series is 2005.

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

Fraction of renters in York County

History of York County Renter Fraction

Date US Pennsylvania York County PA
2017 36.13% 31.70% 26.29%
2016 36.88% 31.50% 24.13%
2015 36.97% 31.28% 26.22%
2014 36.90% 31.17% 25.00%
2013 36.50% 31.05% 26.87%
2012 36.09% 31.09% 25.64%
2011 35.42% 30.51% 25.77%
2010 34.65% 29.87% 23.12%
2009 34.13% 29.48% 23.68%
2008 33.36% 29.15% 24.99%
2007 32.80% 28.36% 22.20%
2006 32.73% 28.28% 23.38%

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.