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Kitsap County Washington Residential Rent and Rental Statistics

The median monthly gross residential rent in Kitsap County WA was $1,179 in 2017 according to the Census ACS survey.1 Average gross rent in Kitsap County was $1,158 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 Kitsap County median and average rent data will be released in September of 2019.

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

Show dollars as: Nominal Real

Real Gross Rent in Kitsap 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%
Kitsap County WA Median Gross Rent $1,179 -0.08% +11.97%

Kitsap County WA Real Gross Rent Trends

Median gross rent for Kitsap County peaked in real terms in 2016 at $1,180 and is now $1 (0.08%) lower. Average gross rent for Kitsap County peaked in real terms in 2016 at $1,171 and is now $13 (1.11%) lower.

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

Lower quartile, median and upper quartile real gross rent

Real Gross Rent History for Kitsap County

Date US
Median
Washington
Median
Kitsap County WA
Median
Kitsap County WA
Average
2017 $1,012 $1,216 $1,179 $1,158
2016 $996 $1,153 $1,180 $1,171
2015 $987 $1,111 $1,087 $1,064
2014 $956 $1,057 $1,053 $1,053
2013 $924 $1,010 $1,042 $1,036
2012 $912 $984 $1,042 $1,041
2011 $912 $974 $1,030 $1,022
2010 $927 $984 $1,014 $1,022
2009 $931 $1,007 $1,109 $1,119
2008 $947 $1,004 $1,017 $989
2007 $899 $930 $972 $967
2006 $909 $928 $982 $972

Kitsap 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 Kitsap County Washington was 3.53% according to Census ACS data.

Rental Vacancy Rate in Kitsap County Washington

2017 1 Year Change 3 Year Change
US 6.18% +0.29% -0.14%
Washington 3.68% +0.45% -0.55%
Kitsap County WA 3.53% -1.97% -6.47%

Trends in Kitsap County WA Rental Vacancy Rate

The rental vacancy rate in Kitsap County peaked in 2014 at 10.00%. Since then it has fallen by 6.47% to 3.53%. Data records for this series originated in 2005.

Rental Vacancy Rate: Kitsap County WA, Washington, US

Rental vacancy rate in Washington

Historical Rental Vacancy Rate data for Kitsap County

Date US Washington Kitsap County WA
2017 6.18% 3.68% 3.53%
2016 5.89% 3.23% 5.50%
2015 5.85% 3.27% 5.00%
2014 6.32% 4.23% 10.00%
2013 6.49% 4.65% 6.68%
2012 6.77% 5.30% 8.88%
2011 7.40% 5.59% 6.51%
2010 8.17% 5.80% 4.44%
2009 8.43% 5.98% 9.64%
2008 7.86% 5.09% 5.71%
2007 7.87% 4.83% 5.10%
2006 7.70% 6.14% 5.34%

Rent as a Fraction of Income

Using median household income data for Kitsap County, we can calculate the fraction of income the median household would use to pay rent at the median monthly gross rent rate. For Kitsap County, median monthly gross rent as a fraction of median household income was 19.37% in 2017 according to the ACS.

Kitsap 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%
Kitsap County WA 19.37% -0.78% -0.59%

Trends in Kitsap County WA Rent as a Fraction of Income

The fraction of median Kitsap County household income required to pay median monthly gross rent peaked in 2012 (relative to the 2005 series origin) at 20.52%. Since then it has fallen by 1.14% to 19.37%.

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

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

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

Date US Washington Kitsap County WA
2017 20.13% 20.56% 19.37%
2016 20.43% 20.30% 20.16%
2015 20.63% 20.21% 19.19%
2014 20.89% 20.18% 19.96%
2013 20.78% 20.32% 19.53%
2012 20.65% 19.88% 20.52%
2011 20.70% 19.64% 19.56%
2010 20.50% 19.59% 19.95%
2009 20.12% 19.33% 19.77%
2008 19.00% 18.06% 17.90%
2007 18.66% 17.61% 17.81%
2006 18.90% 17.78% 17.92%

Renter Fraction in Kitsap County Washington

You can calculate the renter fraction in Kitsap 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 Kitsap County as a fraction of total Kitsap County households. In 2017 33.42% of households were renters according to Census ACS data.

Kitsap 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%
Kitsap County WA 33.42% -1.12% -1.27%

Trends in the Kitsap County WA Renter Fraction

The Kitsap County household renter fraction peaked in in 2011 at 34.97% and is now 1.55% below that level. The origin year for the series is 2005.

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

Fraction of renters in Kitsap County

History of Kitsap County Renter Fraction

Date US Washington Kitsap County WA
2017 36.13% 37.21% 33.42%
2016 36.88% 37.53% 34.54%
2015 36.97% 37.58% 31.83%
2014 36.90% 38.25% 34.69%
2013 36.50% 38.06% 31.29%
2012 36.09% 37.67% 31.61%
2011 35.42% 37.18% 34.97%
2010 34.65% 36.90% 34.68%
2009 34.13% 35.70% 28.52%
2008 33.36% 34.72% 30.83%
2007 32.80% 33.93% 30.23%
2006 32.73% 34.46% 32.48%

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.