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Cowlitz County Washington Residential Rent and Rental Statistics

The median monthly gross residential rent in Cowlitz County WA was $812 in 2017 according to the Census ACS survey.1 Average gross rent in Cowlitz County was $797 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 Cowlitz County median and average rent data will be released in September of 2019.

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

Show dollars as: Nominal Real

Real Gross Rent in Cowlitz County Washington (2017 dollars)2

2017 1 Year Change 3 Year Change
US Median Gross Rent $1,012 +1.61% +5.86%
Washington Median Gross Rent $1,216 +5.46% +15.04%
Cowlitz County WA Median Gross Rent $812 +7.12% +7.41%

Cowlitz County WA Real Gross Rent Trends

Median gross rent for Cowlitz County peaked in real terms in 2015 at $844 and is now $32 (3.79%) lower. Average gross rent for Cowlitz County peaked in real terms in 2015 at $869 and is now $72 (8.29%) lower.

Real Gross Rent: Cowlitz County WA Median, Cowlitz County WA Average, Washington Median, US Median

Lower quartile, median and upper quartile real gross rent

Real Gross Rent History for Cowlitz County

Date US
Median
Washington
Median
Cowlitz County WA
Median
Cowlitz County WA
Average
2017 $1,012 $1,216 $812 $797
2016 $996 $1,153 $758 $826
2015 $987 $1,111 $844 $869
2014 $956 $1,057 $756 $809
2013 $924 $1,010 $779 $765
2012 $912 $984 $774 $812
2011 $912 $974 $719 $753
2010 $927 $984 $749 $765
2009 $931 $1,007 $727 $802
2008 $947 $1,004 $779 $791
2007 $899 $930 $733 $771
2006 $909 $928 $746 $786

Cowlitz County Rental Vacancy Rate

The rental vacancy rate is the fraction of homes for rent that are not occupied.3 In 2013 the rental vacancy rate for Cowlitz County Washington was 4.15% according to Census ACS data.

Rental Vacancy Rate in Cowlitz County Washington

2017 1 Year Change 3 Year Change
US 6.18% +0.29% -0.14%
Washington 3.68% +0.45% -0.55%
Cowlitz County WA

Trends in Cowlitz County WA Rental Vacancy Rate

The rental vacancy rate in Cowlitz County peaked in 2008 at 8.77%. Since then it has fallen by 4.62% to 4.15%. Data records for this series originated in 2005.

Rental Vacancy Rate: Cowlitz County WA, Washington, US

Rental vacancy rate in Washington

Historical Rental Vacancy Rate data for Cowlitz County

Date US Washington Cowlitz County WA
2017 6.18% 3.68%
2016 5.89% 3.23%
2015 5.85% 3.27%
2014 6.32% 4.23%
2013 6.49% 4.65% 4.15%
2012 6.77% 5.30% 8.07%
2011 7.40% 5.59% 5.00%
2010 8.17% 5.80%
2009 8.43% 5.98% 5.38%
2008 7.86% 5.09% 8.77%
2007 7.87% 4.83%
2006 7.70% 6.14% 6.65%

Rent as a Fraction of Income

Using median household income data for Cowlitz County, we can calculate the fraction of income the median household would use to pay rent at the median monthly gross rent rate. For Cowlitz County, median monthly gross rent as a fraction of median household income was 19.70% in 2017 according to the ACS.

Cowlitz County Washington Median Annual Rent as a Fraction of Median Household Income

2017 1 Year Change 3 Year Change
US 20.13% -0.30% -0.76%
Washington 20.56% +0.26% +0.38%
Cowlitz County WA 19.70% +2.02% -1.27%

Trends in Cowlitz County WA Rent as a Fraction of Income

The fraction of median Cowlitz County household income required to pay median monthly gross rent peaked in 2014 (relative to the 2005 series origin) at 20.97%. Since then it has fallen by 1.27% to 19.70%.

Fraction of Income towards Rent: Cowlitz County WA, Washington, US

Percent of median household income going towards median monthly gross rent in Cowlitz County Washington

Historical Data for Annual Rent as a Fraction of Income in Cowlitz County Washington

Date US Washington Cowlitz County WA
2017 20.13% 20.56% 19.70%
2016 20.43% 20.30% 17.68%
2015 20.63% 20.21% 19.70%
2014 20.89% 20.18% 20.97%
2013 20.78% 20.32% 18.91%
2012 20.65% 19.88% 18.87%
2011 20.70% 19.64% 19.59%
2010 20.50% 19.59% 20.20%
2009 20.12% 19.33% 17.36%
2008 19.00% 18.06% 17.17%
2007 18.66% 17.61% 17.49%
2006 18.90% 17.78% 17.18%

Renter Fraction in Cowlitz County Washington

You can calculate the renter fraction in Cowlitz 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 Cowlitz County as a fraction of total Cowlitz County households. In 2017 34.95% of households were renters according to Census ACS data.

Cowlitz County Fraction of Renters by Household Units

2017 1 Year Change 3 Year Change
US 36.13% -0.75% -0.77%
Washington 37.21% -0.32% -1.04%
Cowlitz County WA 34.95% +3.02% -1.75%

Trends in the Cowlitz County WA Renter Fraction

The Cowlitz County household renter fraction peaked in in 2010 at 38.01% and is now 3.06% below that level. The origin year for the series is 2005.

Fraction of Renting Households: Cowlitz County WA, Washington, US

Fraction of renters in Cowlitz County

History of Cowlitz County Renter Fraction

Date US Washington Cowlitz County WA
2017 36.13% 37.21% 34.95%
2016 36.88% 37.53% 31.93%
2015 36.97% 37.58% 33.85%
2014 36.90% 38.25% 36.70%
2013 36.50% 38.06% 32.48%
2012 36.09% 37.67% 36.06%
2011 35.42% 37.18% 33.93%
2010 34.65% 36.90% 38.01%
2009 34.13% 35.70% 33.14%
2008 33.36% 34.72% 31.88%
2007 32.80% 33.93% 33.92%
2006 32.73% 34.46% 29.46%

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.