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Florence South Carolina Residential Rent and Rental Statistics

The median monthly gross residential rent in Florence, SC (the Florence metro area) was $711 in 2017 according to the Census ACS survey.1 Average gross rent in Florence was $671 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 Florence median and average rent data will be released in September of 2019.

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

Show dollars as: Nominal Real

Real Gross Rent in Florence South Carolina (2017 dollars)2

2017 1 Year Change 3 Year Change
US Median Gross Rent $1,012 +1.61% +5.86%
South Carolina Median Gross Rent $848 -0.70% +4.69%
Florence, SC Median Gross Rent $711 -0.28% +4.56%

Florence, SC Real Gross Rent Trends

Median gross rent for Florence peaked in real terms in 2015 at $719 and is now $8 (1.11%) lower. At $671, real average gross rent in Florence was at its highest level in 2017 since the series began in 2005.

Real Gross Rent in Florence: Florence SC Median, Florence SC Average, South Carolina Median, US Median

Lower quartile, median and upper quartile real gross rent

Real Gross Rent History for Florence

Date US
Median
South Carolina
Median
Florence, SC
Median
Florence, SC
Average
2017 $1,012 $848 $711 $671
2016 $996 $854 $713 $640
2015 $987 $843 $719 $632
2014 $956 $810 $680 $583
2013 $924 $782 $645 $586
2012 $912 $778 $640 $571
2011 $912 $776 $663 $601
2010 $927 $789 $650 $567
2009 $931 $780 $647 $600
2008 $947 $775 $675 $589
2007 $899 $735 $620 $589
2006 $909 $762 $667 $600

Florence 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 Florence South Carolina was 9.57% according to Census ACS data.

Rental Vacancy Rate in Florence South Carolina

2017 1 Year Change 3 Year Change
US 6.18% +0.29% -0.14%
South Carolina 8.97% +0.48% -1.57%
Florence, SC 9.57% -1.30% +1.07%

Trends in Florence, SC Rental Vacancy Rate

The rental vacancy rate in Florence peaked in 2012 at 11.33%. Since then it has fallen by 1.76% to 9.57%. Data records for this series originated in 2005. From a 2015 post peak low of 5.45%, the rental vacancy rate has increased by 4.12%.

Rental Vacancy Rate: Florence SC, South Carolina, US

Rental vacancy rate in South Carolina

Historical Rental Vacancy Rate data for Florence

Date US South Carolina Florence, SC
2017 6.18% 8.97% 9.57%
2016 5.89% 8.49% 10.87%
2015 5.85% 9.45% 5.45%
2014 6.32% 10.54% 8.50%
2013 6.49% 10.54% 6.03%
2012 6.77% 12.68% 11.33%
2011 7.40% 12.12% 9.50%
2010 8.17% 13.69% 7.45%
2009 8.43% 13.35% 6.98%
2008 7.86% 12.38% 7.32%
2007 7.87% 11.99% 9.29%
2006 7.70% 11.42% 7.04%

Rent as a Fraction of Income

Using median household income data for Florence, we can calculate the fraction of income the median household would use to pay rent at the median monthly gross rent rate. For Florence, median monthly gross rent as a fraction of median household income was 21.03% in 2017 according to the ACS.

Florence South Carolina Median Annual Rent as a Fraction of Median Household Income

2017 1 Year Change 3 Year Change
US 20.13% -0.30% -0.76%
South Carolina 20.12% -0.26% -0.86%
Florence, SC 21.03% +1.07% +1.18%

Trends in Florence, SC Rent as a Fraction of Income

The fraction of median Florence household income required to pay median monthly gross rent peaked in 2015 (relative to the 2005 series origin) at 22.04%. Since then it has fallen by 1.00% to 21.03%.

Fraction of Income towards Rent: Florence SC, South Carolina, US

Percent of median household income going towards median monthly gross rent in Florence South Carolina

Historical Data for Annual Rent as a Fraction of Income in Florence South Carolina

Date US South Carolina Florence, SC
2017 20.13% 20.12% 21.03%
2016 20.43% 20.39% 19.96%
2015 20.63% 20.81% 22.04%
2014 20.89% 20.98% 19.85%
2013 20.78% 20.81% 19.66%
2012 20.65% 20.99% 19.50%
2011 20.70% 20.99% 19.01%
2010 20.50% 20.79% 19.15%
2009 20.12% 19.96% 18.34%
2008 19.00% 18.15% 17.52%
2007 18.66% 17.86% 15.95%
2006 18.90% 18.69% 17.71%

Renter Fraction in Florence South Carolina

You can calculate the renter fraction in Florence 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 Florence as a fraction of total Florence households. In 2017 33.71% of households were renters according to Census ACS data.

Florence Fraction of Renters by Household Units

2017 1 Year Change 3 Year Change
US 36.13% -0.75% -0.77%
South Carolina 31.25% -0.12% -0.70%
Florence, SC 33.71% +5.15% +1.25%

Trends in the Florence, SC Renter Fraction

The Florence household renter fraction peaked in in 2013 at 36.15% and is now 2.44% below that level. The origin year for the series is 2005.

Fraction of Renting Households: Florence SC, South Carolina, US

Fraction of renters in Florence

History of Florence Renter Fraction

Date US South Carolina Florence, SC
2017 36.13% 31.25% 33.71%
2016 36.88% 31.37% 28.56%
2015 36.97% 31.87% 34.64%
2014 36.90% 31.95% 32.46%
2013 36.50% 31.83% 36.15%
2012 36.09% 31.87% 32.98%
2011 35.42% 30.83% 30.85%
2010 34.65% 31.30% 33.92%
2009 34.13% 29.86% 29.57%
2008 33.36% 29.42% 29.19%
2007 32.80% 29.96% 31.49%
2006 32.73% 29.66% 29.20%

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.