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Grays Harbor County Washington Residential Rent and Rental Statistics

The median monthly gross residential rent in Grays Harbor County WA was $728 in 2017 according to the Census ACS survey.1 Average gross rent in Grays Harbor County was $667 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 Grays Harbor County median and average rent data will be released in September of 2019.

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

Show dollars as: Nominal Real

Real Gross Rent in Grays Harbor 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%
Grays Harbor County WA Median Gross Rent $728 +0.28% -13.23%

Grays Harbor County WA Real Gross Rent Trends

Median gross rent for Grays Harbor County peaked in real terms in 2014 at $839 and is now $111 (13.23%) lower. Average gross rent for Grays Harbor County peaked in real terms in 2008 at $822 and is now $155 (18.86%) lower.

Real Gross Rent: Grays Harbor County WA Median, Grays Harbor County WA Average, Washington Median, US Median

Lower quartile, median and upper quartile real gross rent

Real Gross Rent History for Grays Harbor County

Date US
Median
Washington
Median
Grays Harbor County WA
Median
Grays Harbor County WA
Average
2017 $1,012 $1,216 $728 $667
2016 $996 $1,153 $726 $781
2015 $987 $1,111 $771 $784
2014 $956 $1,057 $839 $774
2013 $924 $1,010 $793 $699
2012 $912 $984 $669 $640
2011 $912 $974 $705 $682
2010 $927 $984 $751 $722
2009 $931 $1,007 $718 $703
2008 $947 $1,004 $788 $822
2007 $899 $930 $698 $677
2006 $909 $928 $679 $641

Grays Harbor County Rental Vacancy Rate

The rental vacancy rate is the fraction of homes for rent that are not occupied.3 In 2015 the rental vacancy rate for Grays Harbor County Washington was 3.75% according to Census ACS data.

Rental Vacancy Rate in Grays Harbor County Washington

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

Trends in Grays Harbor County WA Rental Vacancy Rate

The rental vacancy rate in Grays Harbor County peaked in 2011 at 14.30%. Since then it has fallen by 10.55% to 3.75%. Data records for this series originated in 2005.

Rental Vacancy Rate: Grays Harbor County WA, Washington, US

Rental vacancy rate in Washington

Historical Rental Vacancy Rate data for Grays Harbor County

Date US Washington Grays Harbor County WA
2017 6.18% 3.68%
2016 5.89% 3.23%
2015 5.85% 3.27% 3.75%
2014 6.32% 4.23%
2013 6.49% 4.65% 8.14%
2012 6.77% 5.30% 5.38%
2011 7.40% 5.59% 14.30%
2010 8.17% 5.80% 4.64%
2009 8.43% 5.98% 10.07%
2008 7.86% 5.09%
2007 7.87% 4.83%
2006 7.70% 6.14% 4.85%

Rent as a Fraction of Income

Using median household income data for Grays Harbor County, we can calculate the fraction of income the median household would use to pay rent at the median monthly gross rent rate. For Grays Harbor County, median monthly gross rent as a fraction of median household income was 18.41% in 2017 according to the ACS.

Grays Harbor 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%
Grays Harbor County WA 18.41% +1.12% -4.26%

Trends in Grays Harbor County WA Rent as a Fraction of Income

The fraction of median Grays Harbor County household income required to pay median monthly gross rent peaked in 2014 (relative to the 2005 series origin) at 22.67%. Since then it has fallen by 4.26% to 18.41%.

Fraction of Income towards Rent: Grays Harbor County WA, Washington, US

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

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

Date US Washington Grays Harbor County WA
2017 20.13% 20.56% 18.41%
2016 20.43% 20.30% 17.29%
2015 20.63% 20.21% 20.37%
2014 20.89% 20.18% 22.67%
2013 20.78% 20.32% 22.54%
2012 20.65% 19.88% 18.49%
2011 20.70% 19.64% 19.70%
2010 20.50% 19.59% 20.78%
2009 20.12% 19.33% 21.46%
2008 19.00% 18.06% 19.85%
2007 18.66% 17.61% 17.35%
2006 18.90% 17.78% 16.98%

Renter Fraction in Grays Harbor County Washington

You can calculate the renter fraction in Grays Harbor 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 Grays Harbor County as a fraction of total Grays Harbor County households. In 2017 35.68% of households were renters according to Census ACS data.

Grays Harbor 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%
Grays Harbor County WA 35.68% +7.32% +0.51%

Trends in the Grays Harbor County WA Renter Fraction

The Grays Harbor County household renter fraction peaked in in 2005 at 37.75% and is now 2.07% below that level. From a recent low of 28.12% in 2011, the household based renter fraction has now grown by 7.56%. The origin year for the series is 2005.

Fraction of Renting Households: Grays Harbor County WA, Washington, US

Fraction of renters in Grays Harbor County

History of Grays Harbor County Renter Fraction

Date US Washington Grays Harbor County WA
2017 36.13% 37.21% 35.68%
2016 36.88% 37.53% 28.36%
2015 36.97% 37.58% 35.48%
2014 36.90% 38.25% 35.17%
2013 36.50% 38.06% 33.47%
2012 36.09% 37.67% 29.33%
2011 35.42% 37.18% 28.12%
2010 34.65% 36.90% 29.81%
2009 34.13% 35.70% 34.01%
2008 33.36% 34.72% 36.08%
2007 32.80% 33.93% 28.30%
2006 32.73% 34.46% 34.24%

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.