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Dallas Texas Residential Rent and Rental Statistics

The median monthly gross residential rent in Dallas, TX (the Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington metro area) was $1,022 in 2016 according to the Census ACS survey.1 Average gross rent in Dallas was $1,074 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 Dallas median and average rent data will be released in September of 2018.

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

Show dollars as: Nominal Real

Real Gross Rent in Dallas Texas (2016 dollars)2

2016 1 Year Change 3 Year Change
US Median Gross Rent $981 +0.93% +7.80%
Texas Median Gross Rent $956 +1.27% +10.90%
Dallas, TX Median Gross Rent $1,022 +1.69% +11.94%

Dallas, TX Real Gross Rent Trends

At $1,022, real median gross rent in Dallas was at its highest level in 2016 since the series began in 2005. At $1,074, real average gross rent in Dallas was at its highest level in 2016 since the series began in 2005.

Real Gross Rent in Dallas: Dallas TX Median, Dallas TX Average, Texas Median, US Median

Lower quartile, median and upper quartile real gross rent

Real Gross Rent History for Dallas

Date US
Median
Texas
Median
Dallas, TX
Median
Dallas, TX
Average
2016 $981 $956 $1,022 $1,074
2015 $972 $944 $1,005 $1,067
2014 $942 $903 $957 $1,008
2013 $910 $862 $913 $972
2012 $898 $844 $891 $954
2011 $898 $839 $890 $949
2010 $912 $855 $912 $955
2009 $916 $858 $921 $963
2008 $932 $869 $940 $990
2007 $885 $824 $895 $941
2006 $895 $834 $916 $958
2005 $869 $801 $882 $921

Dallas 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 Dallas Texas was 7.04% according to Census ACS data.

Rental Vacancy Rate in Dallas Texas

2016 1 Year Change 3 Year Change
US 5.89% +0.04% -0.60%
Texas 7.65% +0.70% -0.21%
Dallas, TX 7.04% +0.12% -0.14%

Trends in Dallas, TX Rental Vacancy Rate

The rental vacancy rate in Dallas peaked in 2009 at 12.12%. Since then it has fallen by 5.08% to 7.04%. Data records for this series originated in 2005. From a 2015 post peak low of 6.92%, the rental vacancy rate has increased by 0.12%.

Rental Vacancy Rate: Dallas TX, Texas, US

Rental vacancy rate in Texas

Historical Rental Vacancy Rate data for Dallas

Date US Texas Dallas, TX
2016 5.89% 7.65% 7.04%
2015 5.85% 6.95% 6.92%
2014 6.32% 7.30% 6.99%
2013 6.49% 7.86% 7.18%
2012 6.77% 8.53% 8.67%
2011 7.40% 9.23% 9.71%
2010 8.17% 10.60% 11.22%
2009 8.43% 10.69% 12.12%
2008 7.86% 10.24% 10.59%
2007 7.87% 10.61% 11.39%
2006 7.70% 10.28% 10.87%
2005 7.74% 10.60% 11.34%

Rent as a Fraction of Income

Using median household income data for Dallas, we can calculate the fraction of income the median household would use to pay rent at the median monthly gross rent rate. For Dallas, median monthly gross rent as a fraction of median household income was 19.22% in 2016 according to the ACS.

Dallas Texas Median Annual Rent as a Fraction of Median Household Income

2016 1 Year Change 3 Year Change
US 20.43% -0.20% -0.35%
Texas 20.28% +0.19% +0.39%
Dallas, TX 19.22% -0.09% +0.24%

Trends in Dallas, TX Rent as a Fraction of Income

The fraction of median Dallas household income required to pay median monthly gross rent peaked in 2015 (relative to the 2005 series origin) at 19.31%. Since then it has fallen by 0.09% to 19.22%.

Fraction of Income towards Rent: Dallas TX, Texas, US

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

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

Date US Texas Dallas, TX
2016 20.43% 20.28% 19.22%
2015 20.63% 20.10% 19.31%
2014 20.89% 20.27% 19.13%
2013 20.78% 19.89% 18.98%
2012 20.65% 19.65% 18.48%
2011 20.70% 19.75% 18.64%
2010 20.50% 19.77% 18.84%
2009 20.12% 19.59% 18.61%
2008 19.00% 18.42% 17.69%
2007 18.66% 18.52% 17.50%
2006 18.90% 18.99% 18.02%
2005 18.89% 19.11% 17.83%

Renter Fraction in Dallas Texas

You can calculate the renter fraction in Dallas 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 Dallas as a fraction of total Dallas households. In 2016 40.92% of households were renters according to Census ACS data.

Dallas Fraction of Renters by Household Units

2016 1 Year Change 3 Year Change
US 36.88% -0.09% +0.38%
Texas 38.91% -0.03% +0.75%
Dallas, TX 40.92% +0.19% +0.42%

Trends in the Dallas, TX Renter Fraction

At 40.92%, the 2016 household based renter fraction in Dallas was at its highest level. The origin year for the series is 2005.

Fraction of Renting Households: Dallas TX, Texas, US

Fraction of renters in Dallas

History of Dallas Renter Fraction

Date US Texas Dallas, TX
2016 36.88% 38.91% 40.92%
2015 36.97% 38.94% 40.73%
2014 36.90% 38.84% 40.81%
2013 36.50% 38.16% 40.50%
2012 36.09% 37.72% 40.46%
2011 35.42% 37.08% 38.93%
2010 34.65% 36.42% 38.34%
2009 34.13% 36.32% 37.79%
2008 33.36% 35.10% 36.92%
2007 32.80% 34.82% 36.36%
2006 32.73% 34.75% 36.37%
2005 33.10% 35.29% 37.55%

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.