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Burlington Vermont Residential Rent and Rental Statistics

The median monthly gross residential rent in Burlington, VT (the Burlington-South Burlington metro area) was $1,138 in 2016 according to the Census ACS survey.1 Average gross rent in Burlington was $1,111 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 Burlington median and average rent data will be released in September of 2018.

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

Show dollars as: Nominal Real

Real Gross Rent in Burlington Vermont (2016 dollars)2

2016 1 Year Change 3 Year Change
US Median Gross Rent $981 +0.93% +7.80%
Vermont Median Gross Rent $925 -1.07% +6.32%
Burlington, VT Median Gross Rent $1,138 +0.44% +13.57%

Burlington, VT Real Gross Rent Trends

Median gross rent for Burlington peaked in real terms in 2014 at $1,158 and is now $20 (1.73%) lower. Average gross rent for Burlington peaked in real terms in 2014 at $1,155 and is now $44 (3.81%) lower.

Real Gross Rent in Burlington: Burlington VT Median, Burlington VT Average, Vermont Median, US Median

Lower quartile, median and upper quartile real gross rent

Real Gross Rent History for Burlington

Date US
Median
Vermont
Median
Burlington, VT
Median
Burlington, VT
Average
2016 $981 $925 $1,138 $1,111
2015 $972 $935 $1,133 $1,065
2014 $942 $925 $1,158 $1,155
2013 $910 $870 $1,002 $993
2012 $898 $874 $968 $998
2011 $898 $876 $1,022 $1,057
2010 $912 $878 $965 $984
2009 $916 $902 $1,042 $1,068
2008 $932 $901 $1,095 $1,042
2007 $885 $848 $999 $999
2006 $895 $840 $993 $984
2005 $869 $815 $943 $971

Burlington 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 Burlington Vermont was 2.02% according to Census ACS data.

Rental Vacancy Rate in Burlington Vermont

2016 1 Year Change 3 Year Change
US 5.89% +0.04% -0.60%
Vermont 3.79% -0.27% -1.08%
Burlington, VT 2.02% -1.47% +0.26%

Trends in Burlington, VT Rental Vacancy Rate

The rental vacancy rate in Burlington peaked in 2008 at 6.73%. Since then it has fallen by 4.71% to 2.02%. Data records for this series originated in 2005.

Rental Vacancy Rate: Burlington VT, Vermont, US

Rental vacancy rate in Vermont

Historical Rental Vacancy Rate data for Burlington

Date US Vermont Burlington, VT
2016 5.89% 3.79% 2.02%
2015 5.85% 4.06% 3.49%
2014 6.32% 4.15% 3.70%
2013 6.49% 4.87% 1.76%
2012 6.77% 4.32% 3.79%
2011 7.40% 4.17% 2.87%
2010 8.17% 7.30% 4.17%
2009 8.43% 7.79% 3.56%
2008 7.86% 6.04% 6.73%
2007 7.87% 4.75% 1.27%
2006 7.70% 4.09% 2.73%
2005 7.74% 6.08% 5.73%

Rent as a Fraction of Income

Using median household income data for Burlington, we can calculate the fraction of income the median household would use to pay rent at the median monthly gross rent rate. For Burlington, median monthly gross rent as a fraction of median household income was 20.58% in 2016 according to the ACS.

Burlington Vermont Median Annual Rent as a Fraction of Median Household Income

2016 1 Year Change 3 Year Change
US 20.43% -0.20% -0.35%
Vermont 19.25% -0.19% -0.50%
Burlington, VT 20.58% +0.49% +1.31%

Trends in Burlington, VT Rent as a Fraction of Income

The fraction of median Burlington household income required to pay median monthly gross rent peaked in 2014 (relative to the 2005 series origin) at 22.26%. Since then it has fallen by 1.68% to 20.58%.

Fraction of Income towards Rent: Burlington VT, Vermont, US

Percent of median household income going towards median monthly gross rent in Burlington Vermont

Historical Data for Annual Rent as a Fraction of Income in Burlington Vermont

Date US Vermont Burlington, VT
2016 20.43% 19.25% 20.58%
2015 20.63% 19.43% 20.08%
2014 20.89% 20.32% 22.26%
2013 20.78% 19.74% 19.27%
2012 20.65% 19.48% 18.78%
2011 20.70% 19.30% 19.57%
2010 20.50% 19.99% 19.82%
2009 20.12% 19.27% 19.73%
2008 19.00% 18.36% 19.20%
2007 18.66% 18.18% 18.78%
2006 18.90% 18.03% 18.83%
2005 18.89% 17.94% 18.24%

Renter Fraction in Burlington Vermont

You can calculate the renter fraction in Burlington 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 Burlington as a fraction of total Burlington households. In 2016 34.68% of households were renters according to Census ACS data.

Burlington Fraction of Renters by Household Units

2016 1 Year Change 3 Year Change
US 36.88% -0.09% +0.38%
Vermont 30.24% +0.95% +1.24%
Burlington, VT 34.68% +0.38% +1.88%

Trends in the Burlington, VT Renter Fraction

At 34.68%, the 2016 household based renter fraction in Burlington was at its highest level. The origin year for the series is 2005.

Fraction of Renting Households: Burlington VT, Vermont, US

Fraction of renters in Burlington

History of Burlington Renter Fraction

Date US Vermont Burlington, VT
2016 36.88% 30.24% 34.68%
2015 36.97% 29.29% 34.30%
2014 36.90% 29.95% 32.91%
2013 36.50% 29.00% 32.80%
2012 36.09% 28.99% 32.37%
2011 35.42% 28.72% 31.66%
2010 34.65% 29.61% 33.65%
2009 34.13% 28.72% 30.93%
2008 33.36% 27.84% 29.53%
2007 32.80% 27.18% 29.07%
2006 32.73% 28.14% 29.36%
2005 33.10% 28.92% 29.47%

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.