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Brazoria County Texas Residential Rent and Rental Statistics

The median monthly gross residential rent in Brazoria County TX was $1,125 in 2017 according to the Census ACS survey.1 Average gross rent in Brazoria County was $1,067 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 Brazoria County median and average rent data will be released in September of 2019.

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

Show dollars as: Nominal Real

Real Gross Rent in Brazoria County Texas (2017 dollars)2

2017 1 Year Change 3 Year Change
US Median Gross Rent $1,012 +1.61% +5.86%
Texas Median Gross Rent $987 +1.65% +7.63%
Brazoria County TX Median Gross Rent $1,125 +12.05% +15.86%

Brazoria County TX Real Gross Rent Trends

At $1,125, real median gross rent in Brazoria County was at its highest level in 2017 since the series began in 2005. At $1,067, real average gross rent in Brazoria County was at its highest level in 2017 since the series began in 2005.

Real Gross Rent: Brazoria County TX Median, Brazoria County TX Average, Texas Median, US Median

Lower quartile, median and upper quartile real gross rent

Real Gross Rent History for Brazoria County

Date US
Median
Texas
Median
Brazoria County TX
Median
Brazoria County TX
Average
2017 $1,012 $987 $1,125 $1,067
2016 $996 $971 $1,004 $981
2015 $987 $959 $1,081 $1,011
2014 $956 $917 $971 $980
2013 $924 $875 $854 $896
2012 $912 $857 $893 $942
2011 $912 $852 $836 $857
2010 $927 $868 $953 $911
2009 $931 $871 $912 $940
2008 $947 $882 $886 $895
2007 $899 $836 $894 $904
2006 $909 $847 $865 $877

Brazoria 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 Brazoria County Texas was 9.70% according to Census ACS data.

Rental Vacancy Rate in Brazoria County Texas

2017 1 Year Change 3 Year Change
US 6.18% +0.29% -0.14%
Texas 8.49% +0.84% +1.19%
Brazoria County TX 9.70% -1.02% +2.49%

Trends in Brazoria County TX Rental Vacancy Rate

The rental vacancy rate in Brazoria County peaked in 2007 at 13.01%. Since then it has fallen by 3.31% to 9.70%. Data records for this series originated in 2005. From a 2015 post peak low of 4.34%, the rental vacancy rate has increased by 5.36%.

Rental Vacancy Rate: Brazoria County TX, Texas, US

Rental vacancy rate in Texas

Historical Rental Vacancy Rate data for Brazoria County

Date US Texas Brazoria County TX
2017 6.18% 8.49% 9.70%
2016 5.89% 7.65% 10.72%
2015 5.85% 6.95% 4.34%
2014 6.32% 7.30% 7.21%
2013 6.49% 7.86% 7.10%
2012 6.77% 8.53% 7.06%
2011 7.40% 9.23% 10.87%
2010 8.17% 10.60% 12.72%
2009 8.43% 10.69% 10.97%
2008 7.86% 10.24% 6.28%
2007 7.87% 10.61% 13.01%
2006 7.70% 10.28% 9.53%

Rent as a Fraction of Income

Using median household income data for Brazoria County, we can calculate the fraction of income the median household would use to pay rent at the median monthly gross rent rate. For Brazoria County, median monthly gross rent as a fraction of median household income was 16.42% in 2017 according to the ACS.

Brazoria County Texas Median Annual Rent as a Fraction of Median Household Income

2017 1 Year Change 3 Year Change
US 20.13% -0.30% -0.76%
Texas 20.00% -0.28% -0.27%
Brazoria County TX 16.42% +0.55% +1.21%

Trends in Brazoria County TX Rent as a Fraction of Income

The fraction of median Brazoria County household income required to pay median monthly gross rent peaked in 2015 (relative to the 2005 series origin) at 17.70%. Since then it has fallen by 1.28% to 16.42%.

Fraction of Income towards Rent: Brazoria County TX, Texas, US

Percent of median household income going towards median monthly gross rent in Brazoria County Texas

Historical Data for Annual Rent as a Fraction of Income in Brazoria County Texas

Date US Texas Brazoria County TX
2017 20.13% 20.00% 16.42%
2016 20.43% 20.28% 15.87%
2015 20.63% 20.10% 17.70%
2014 20.89% 20.27% 15.21%
2013 20.78% 19.89% 15.14%
2012 20.65% 19.65% 15.98%
2011 20.70% 19.75% 15.46%
2010 20.50% 19.77% 16.32%
2009 20.12% 19.59% 14.64%
2008 19.00% 18.42% 14.44%
2007 18.66% 18.52% 15.48%
2006 18.90% 18.99% 15.35%

Renter Fraction in Brazoria County Texas

You can calculate the renter fraction in Brazoria 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 Brazoria County as a fraction of total Brazoria County households. In 2017 27.53% of households were renters according to Census ACS data.

Brazoria County Fraction of Renters by Household Units

2017 1 Year Change 3 Year Change
US 36.13% -0.75% -0.77%
Texas 38.03% -0.88% -0.81%
Brazoria County TX 27.53% -1.02% -0.29%

Trends in the Brazoria County TX Renter Fraction

The Brazoria County household renter fraction peaked in in 2015 at 33.20% and is now 5.67% below that level. The origin year for the series is 2005.

Fraction of Renting Households: Brazoria County TX, Texas, US

Fraction of renters in Brazoria County

History of Brazoria County Renter Fraction

Date US Texas Brazoria County TX
2017 36.13% 38.03% 27.53%
2016 36.88% 38.91% 28.55%
2015 36.97% 38.94% 33.20%
2014 36.90% 38.84% 27.82%
2013 36.50% 38.16% 24.95%
2012 36.09% 37.72% 29.44%
2011 35.42% 37.08% 25.50%
2010 34.65% 36.42% 24.64%
2009 34.13% 36.32% 25.31%
2008 33.36% 35.10% 25.12%
2007 32.80% 34.82% 25.13%
2006 32.73% 34.75% 25.01%

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.