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Lewis County Washington Residential Rent and Rental Statistics

The median monthly gross residential rent in Lewis County WA was $893 in 2017 according to the Census ACS survey.1 Average gross rent in Lewis County was $804 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 Lewis County median and average rent data will be released in September of 2019.

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

Show dollars as: Nominal Real

Real Gross Rent in Lewis 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%
Lewis County WA Median Gross Rent $893 +8.90% +12.90%

Lewis County WA Real Gross Rent Trends

At $893, real median gross rent in Lewis County was at its highest level in 2017 since the series began in 2005. Average gross rent for Lewis County peaked in real terms in 2015 at $865 and is now $61 (7.05%) lower.

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

Lower quartile, median and upper quartile real gross rent

Real Gross Rent History for Lewis County

Date US
Median
Washington
Median
Lewis County WA
Median
Lewis County WA
Average
2017 $1,012 $1,216 $893 $804
2016 $996 $1,153 $820 $814
2015 $987 $1,111 $863 $865
2014 $956 $1,057 $791 $809
2013 $924 $1,010 $807 $828
2012 $912 $984 $825 $826
2011 $912 $974 $759 $724
2010 $927 $984 $719 $752
2009 $931 $1,007 $819 $784
2008 $947 $1,004 $716 $710
2007 $899 $930 $832 $782
2006 $909 $928 $763 $724

Lewis County 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 Lewis County Washington was 1.57% according to Census ACS data.

Rental Vacancy Rate in Lewis County Washington

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

Trends in Lewis County WA Rental Vacancy Rate

The rental vacancy rate in Lewis County peaked in 2010 at 17.18%. Since then it has fallen by 15.61% to 1.57%. Data records for this series originated in 2005.

Rental Vacancy Rate: Lewis County WA, Washington, US

Rental vacancy rate in Washington

Historical Rental Vacancy Rate data for Lewis County

Date US Washington Lewis County WA
2017 6.18% 3.68%
2016 5.89% 3.23% 1.57%
2015 5.85% 3.27% 5.96%
2014 6.32% 4.23% 5.67%
2013 6.49% 4.65% 7.20%
2012 6.77% 5.30% 4.26%
2011 7.40% 5.59% 4.75%
2010 8.17% 5.80% 17.18%
2009 8.43% 5.98% 6.45%
2008 7.86% 5.09% 11.74%
2007 7.87% 4.83%
2006 7.70% 6.14% 14.39%

Rent as a Fraction of Income

Using median household income data for Lewis County, we can calculate the fraction of income the median household would use to pay rent at the median monthly gross rent rate. For Lewis County, median monthly gross rent as a fraction of median household income was 21.51% in 2017 according to the ACS.

Lewis 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%
Lewis County WA 21.51% +0.23% +0.22%

Trends in Lewis County WA Rent as a Fraction of Income

The fraction of median Lewis County household income required to pay median monthly gross rent peaked in 2013 (relative to the 2005 series origin) at 23.35%. Since then it has fallen by 1.84% to 21.51%.

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

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

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

Date US Washington Lewis County WA
2017 20.13% 20.56% 21.51%
2016 20.43% 20.30% 21.27%
2015 20.63% 20.21% 20.90%
2014 20.89% 20.18% 21.29%
2013 20.78% 20.32% 23.35%
2012 20.65% 19.88% 22.36%
2011 20.70% 19.64% 20.75%
2010 20.50% 19.59% 20.59%
2009 20.12% 19.33% 20.91%
2008 19.00% 18.06% 17.59%
2007 18.66% 17.61% 20.15%
2006 18.90% 17.78% 18.32%

Renter Fraction in Lewis County Washington

You can calculate the renter fraction in Lewis 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 Lewis County as a fraction of total Lewis County households. In 2017 28.43% of households were renters according to Census ACS data.

Lewis 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%
Lewis County WA 28.43% -3.00% -4.32%

Trends in the Lewis County WA Renter Fraction

The Lewis County household renter fraction peaked in in 2012 at 32.82% and is now 4.39% below that level. The origin year for the series is 2005.

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

Fraction of renters in Lewis County

History of Lewis County Renter Fraction

Date US Washington Lewis County WA
2017 36.13% 37.21% 28.43%
2016 36.88% 37.53% 31.43%
2015 36.97% 37.58% 30.42%
2014 36.90% 38.25% 32.75%
2013 36.50% 38.06% 31.64%
2012 36.09% 37.67% 32.82%
2011 35.42% 37.18% 32.47%
2010 34.65% 36.90% 28.39%
2009 34.13% 35.70% 29.03%
2008 33.36% 34.72% 29.76%
2007 32.80% 33.93% 27.85%
2006 32.73% 34.46% 25.05%

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.