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Jefferson County Texas Residential Rent and Rental Statistics

The median monthly gross residential rent in Jefferson County TX was $836 in 2017 according to the Census ACS survey.1 Average gross rent in Jefferson County was $795 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 Jefferson County median and average rent data will be released in September of 2019.

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

Show dollars as: Nominal Real

Real Gross Rent in Jefferson 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%
Jefferson County TX Median Gross Rent $836 +0.60% +10.29%

Jefferson County TX Real Gross Rent Trends

At $836, real median gross rent in Jefferson County was at its highest level in 2017 since the series began in 2005. Average gross rent for Jefferson County peaked in real terms in 2015 at $807 and is now $12 (1.49%) lower.

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

Lower quartile, median and upper quartile real gross rent

Real Gross Rent History for Jefferson County

Date US
Median
Texas
Median
Jefferson County TX
Median
Jefferson County TX
Average
2017 $1,012 $987 $836 $795
2016 $996 $971 $831 $776
2015 $987 $959 $833 $807
2014 $956 $917 $758 $700
2013 $924 $875 $717 $699
2012 $912 $857 $709 $696
2011 $912 $852 $798 $765
2010 $927 $868 $782 $725
2009 $931 $871 $713 $670
2008 $947 $882 $791 $780
2007 $899 $836 $739 $716
2006 $909 $847 $709 $650

Jefferson 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 Jefferson County Texas was 3.37% according to Census ACS data.

Rental Vacancy Rate in Jefferson County Texas

2017 1 Year Change 3 Year Change
US 6.18% +0.29% -0.14%
Texas 8.49% +0.84% +1.19%
Jefferson County TX 3.37% -1.70% -3.93%

Trends in Jefferson County TX Rental Vacancy Rate

The rental vacancy rate in Jefferson County peaked in 2013 at 13.87%. Since then it has fallen by 10.50% to 3.37%. Data records for this series originated in 2005.

Rental Vacancy Rate: Jefferson County TX, Texas, US

Rental vacancy rate in Texas

Historical Rental Vacancy Rate data for Jefferson County

Date US Texas Jefferson County TX
2017 6.18% 8.49% 3.37%
2016 5.89% 7.65% 5.07%
2015 5.85% 6.95% 5.07%
2014 6.32% 7.30% 7.30%
2013 6.49% 7.86% 13.87%
2012 6.77% 8.53% 13.52%
2011 7.40% 9.23% 9.25%
2010 8.17% 10.60% 9.14%
2009 8.43% 10.69% 4.11%
2008 7.86% 10.24% 5.75%
2007 7.87% 10.61% 9.50%
2006 7.70% 10.28% 8.47%

Rent as a Fraction of Income

Using median household income data for Jefferson County, we can calculate the fraction of income the median household would use to pay rent at the median monthly gross rent rate. For Jefferson County, median monthly gross rent as a fraction of median household income was 21.05% in 2017 according to the ACS.

Jefferson 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%
Jefferson County TX 21.05% -0.58% -0.79%

Trends in Jefferson County TX Rent as a Fraction of Income

The fraction of median Jefferson County household income required to pay median monthly gross rent peaked in 2010 (relative to the 2005 series origin) at 22.47%. Since then it has fallen by 1.42% to 21.05%.

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

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

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

Date US Texas Jefferson County TX
2017 20.13% 20.00% 21.05%
2016 20.43% 20.28% 21.63%
2015 20.63% 20.10% 20.25%
2014 20.89% 20.27% 21.84%
2013 20.78% 19.89% 20.13%
2012 20.65% 19.65% 20.21%
2011 20.70% 19.75% 22.16%
2010 20.50% 19.77% 22.47%
2009 20.12% 19.59% 18.84%
2008 19.00% 18.42% 18.38%
2007 18.66% 18.52% 19.88%
2006 18.90% 18.99% 18.51%

Renter Fraction in Jefferson County Texas

You can calculate the renter fraction in Jefferson 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 Jefferson County as a fraction of total Jefferson County households. In 2017 38.07% of households were renters according to Census ACS data.

Jefferson 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%
Jefferson County TX 38.07% -1.91% -1.26%

Trends in the Jefferson County TX Renter Fraction

The Jefferson County household renter fraction peaked in in 2015 at 40.13% and is now 2.06% below that level. The origin year for the series is 2005.

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

Fraction of renters in Jefferson County

History of Jefferson County Renter Fraction

Date US Texas Jefferson County TX
2017 36.13% 38.03% 38.07%
2016 36.88% 38.91% 39.98%
2015 36.97% 38.94% 40.13%
2014 36.90% 38.84% 39.33%
2013 36.50% 38.16% 35.74%
2012 36.09% 37.72% 35.05%
2011 35.42% 37.08% 36.44%
2010 34.65% 36.42% 37.55%
2009 34.13% 36.32% 38.70%
2008 33.36% 35.10% 33.95%
2007 32.80% 34.82% 34.08%
2006 32.73% 34.75% 35.67%

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.