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Yakima County Washington Residential Rent and Rental Statistics

The median monthly gross residential rent in Yakima County WA was $771 in 2017 according to the Census ACS survey.1 Average gross rent in Yakima County was $786 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 Yakima County median and average rent data will be released in September of 2019.

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

Show dollars as: Nominal Real

Real Gross Rent in Yakima 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%
Yakima County WA Median Gross Rent $771 -1.41% -5.05%

Yakima County WA Real Gross Rent Trends

Median gross rent for Yakima County peaked in real terms in 2014 at $812 and is now $41 (5.05%) lower. Average gross rent for Yakima County peaked in real terms in 2011 at $815 and is now $29 (3.56%) lower.

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

Lower quartile, median and upper quartile real gross rent

Real Gross Rent History for Yakima County

Date US
Median
Washington
Median
Yakima County WA
Median
Yakima County WA
Average
2017 $1,012 $1,216 $771 $786
2016 $996 $1,153 $782 $773
2015 $987 $1,111 $786 $758
2014 $956 $1,057 $812 $776
2013 $924 $1,010 $788 $757
2012 $912 $984 $751 $751
2011 $912 $974 $774 $815
2010 $927 $984 $778 $789
2009 $931 $1,007 $736 $738
2008 $947 $1,004 $714 $704
2007 $899 $930 $701 $690
2006 $909 $928 $676 $674

Yakima 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 Yakima County Washington was 2.29% according to Census ACS data.

Rental Vacancy Rate in Yakima County Washington

2017 1 Year Change 3 Year Change
US 6.18% +0.29% -0.14%
Washington 3.68% +0.45% -0.55%
Yakima County WA 2.29% +0.09% -2.80%

Trends in Yakima County WA Rental Vacancy Rate

The rental vacancy rate in Yakima County peaked in 2005 at 8.83%. Since then it has fallen by 6.54% to 2.29%. Data records for this series originated in 2005. From a 2016 post peak low of 2.20%, the rental vacancy rate has increased by 0.09%.

Rental Vacancy Rate: Yakima County WA, Washington, US

Rental vacancy rate in Washington

Historical Rental Vacancy Rate data for Yakima County

Date US Washington Yakima County WA
2017 6.18% 3.68% 2.29%
2016 5.89% 3.23% 2.20%
2015 5.85% 3.27% 3.65%
2014 6.32% 4.23% 5.09%
2013 6.49% 4.65% 4.89%
2012 6.77% 5.30% 4.50%
2011 7.40% 5.59%
2010 8.17% 5.80% 3.08%
2009 8.43% 5.98% 3.43%
2008 7.86% 5.09% 3.55%
2007 7.87% 4.83% 6.75%
2006 7.70% 6.14% 6.57%

Rent as a Fraction of Income

Using median household income data for Yakima County, we can calculate the fraction of income the median household would use to pay rent at the median monthly gross rent rate. For Yakima County, median monthly gross rent as a fraction of median household income was 19.52% in 2017 according to the ACS.

Yakima 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%
Yakima County WA 19.52% +0.65% -1.80%

Trends in Yakima County WA Rent as a Fraction of Income

The fraction of median Yakima County household income required to pay median monthly gross rent peaked in 2013 (relative to the 2005 series origin) at 22.10%. Since then it has fallen by 2.58% to 19.52%.

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

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

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

Date US Washington Yakima County WA
2017 20.13% 20.56% 19.52%
2016 20.43% 20.30% 18.87%
2015 20.63% 20.21% 19.41%
2014 20.89% 20.18% 21.31%
2013 20.78% 20.32% 22.10%
2012 20.65% 19.88% 19.88%
2011 20.70% 19.64% 21.03%
2010 20.50% 19.59% 21.20%
2009 20.12% 19.33% 19.38%
2008 19.00% 18.06% 16.50%
2007 18.66% 17.61% 17.29%
2006 18.90% 17.78% 17.52%

Renter Fraction in Yakima County Washington

You can calculate the renter fraction in Yakima 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 Yakima County as a fraction of total Yakima County households. In 2017 39.84% of households were renters according to Census ACS data.

Yakima 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%
Yakima County WA 39.84% +2.57% +4.54%

Trends in the Yakima County WA Renter Fraction

At 39.84%, the 2017 household based renter fraction in Yakima County was at its highest level. The origin year for the series is 2005.

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

Fraction of renters in Yakima County

History of Yakima County Renter Fraction

Date US Washington Yakima County WA
2017 36.13% 37.21% 39.84%
2016 36.88% 37.53% 37.27%
2015 36.97% 37.58% 35.91%
2014 36.90% 38.25% 35.30%
2013 36.50% 38.06% 38.33%
2012 36.09% 37.67% 37.92%
2011 35.42% 37.18% 39.56%
2010 34.65% 36.90% 38.97%
2009 34.13% 35.70% 35.31%
2008 33.36% 34.72% 33.98%
2007 32.80% 33.93% 35.44%
2006 32.73% 34.46% 35.22%

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.