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Fort Bend County Texas Residential Rent and Rental Statistics

The median monthly gross residential rent in Fort Bend County TX was $1,344 in 2017 according to the Census ACS survey.1 Average gross rent in Fort Bend County was $1,370 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 Fort Bend County median and average rent data will be released in September of 2019.

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

Show dollars as: Nominal Real

Real Gross Rent in Fort Bend 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%
Fort Bend County TX Median Gross Rent $1,344 +7.35% +8.74%

Fort Bend County TX Real Gross Rent Trends

At $1,344, real median gross rent in Fort Bend County was at its highest level in 2017 since the series began in 2005. At $1,370, real average gross rent in Fort Bend County was at its highest level in 2017 since the series began in 2005.

Real Gross Rent: Fort Bend County TX Median, Fort Bend County TX Average, Texas Median, US Median

Lower quartile, median and upper quartile real gross rent

Real Gross Rent History for Fort Bend County

Date US
Median
Texas
Median
Fort Bend County TX
Median
Fort Bend County TX
Average
2017 $1,012 $987 $1,344 $1,370
2016 $996 $971 $1,252 $1,239
2015 $987 $959 $1,337 $1,327
2014 $956 $917 $1,236 $1,261
2013 $924 $875 $1,225 $1,239
2012 $912 $857 $1,195 $1,243
2011 $912 $852 $1,087 $1,081
2010 $927 $868 $1,176 $1,107
2009 $931 $871 $1,187 $1,192
2008 $947 $882 $1,215 $1,244
2007 $899 $836 $1,086 $1,154
2006 $909 $847 $1,134 $1,121

Fort Bend 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 Fort Bend County Texas was 9.45% according to Census ACS data.

Rental Vacancy Rate in Fort Bend County Texas

2017 1 Year Change 3 Year Change
US 6.18% +0.29% -0.14%
Texas 8.49% +0.84% +1.19%
Fort Bend County TX 9.45%

Trends in Fort Bend County TX Rental Vacancy Rate

The rental vacancy rate in Fort Bend County peaked in 2008 at 9.85%. Since then it has fallen by 0.40% to 9.45%. Data records for this series originated in 2005.

Rental Vacancy Rate: Fort Bend County TX, Texas, US

Rental vacancy rate in Texas

Historical Rental Vacancy Rate data for Fort Bend County

Date US Texas Fort Bend County TX
2017 6.18% 8.49% 9.45%
2016 5.89% 7.65%
2015 5.85% 6.95% 4.96%
2014 6.32% 7.30%
2013 6.49% 7.86% 6.58%
2012 6.77% 8.53% 7.30%
2011 7.40% 9.23% 5.76%
2010 8.17% 10.60% 9.73%
2009 8.43% 10.69% 4.83%
2008 7.86% 10.24% 9.85%
2007 7.87% 10.61% 7.94%
2006 7.70% 10.28% 7.96%

Rent as a Fraction of Income

Using median household income data for Fort Bend County, we can calculate the fraction of income the median household would use to pay rent at the median monthly gross rent rate. For Fort Bend County, median monthly gross rent as a fraction of median household income was 17.75% in 2017 according to the ACS.

Fort Bend 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%
Fort Bend County TX 17.75% +1.44% +1.29%

Trends in Fort Bend County TX Rent as a Fraction of Income

Fort Bend County renters paid 17.75% of median household income towards the median monthly gross rent in 2017. This is the highest fraction of median household income going to rent since the series originated in 2005.

Fraction of Income towards Rent: Fort Bend County TX, Texas, US

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

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

Date US Texas Fort Bend County TX
2017 20.13% 20.00% 17.75%
2016 20.43% 20.28% 16.32%
2015 20.63% 20.10% 16.35%
2014 20.89% 20.27% 16.46%
2013 20.78% 19.89% 16.35%
2012 20.65% 19.65% 16.11%
2011 20.70% 19.75% 15.14%
2010 20.50% 19.77% 17.07%
2009 20.12% 19.59% 15.99%
2008 19.00% 18.42% 14.97%
2007 18.66% 18.52% 14.84%
2006 18.90% 18.99% 15.19%

Renter Fraction in Fort Bend County Texas

You can calculate the renter fraction in Fort Bend 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 Fort Bend County as a fraction of total Fort Bend County households. In 2017 23.41% of households were renters according to Census ACS data.

Fort Bend 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%
Fort Bend County TX 23.41% -0.93% +2.56%

Trends in the Fort Bend County TX Renter Fraction

The Fort Bend County household renter fraction peaked in in 2016 at 24.34% and is now 0.93% below that level. The origin year for the series is 2005.

Fraction of Renting Households: Fort Bend County TX, Texas, US

Fraction of renters in Fort Bend County

History of Fort Bend County Renter Fraction

Date US Texas Fort Bend County TX
2017 36.13% 38.03% 23.41%
2016 36.88% 38.91% 24.34%
2015 36.97% 38.94% 22.83%
2014 36.90% 38.84% 20.85%
2013 36.50% 38.16% 21.78%
2012 36.09% 37.72% 21.28%
2011 35.42% 37.08% 20.90%
2010 34.65% 36.42% 22.02%
2009 34.13% 36.32% 20.66%
2008 33.36% 35.10% 18.83%
2007 32.80% 34.82% 18.86%
2006 32.73% 34.75% 17.44%

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.