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Kanawha County West Virginia Residential Rent and Rental Statistics

The median monthly gross residential rent in Kanawha County WV was $664 in 2017 according to the Census ACS survey.1 Average gross rent in Kanawha County was $581 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 Kanawha County median and average rent data will be released in September of 2019.

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

Show dollars as: Nominal Real

Real Gross Rent in Kanawha County West Virginia (2017 dollars)2

2017 1 Year Change 3 Year Change
US Median Gross Rent $1,012 +1.61% +5.86%
West Virginia Median Gross Rent $690 -0.43% +2.68%
Kanawha County WV Median Gross Rent $664 -6.74% -8.29%

Kanawha County WV Real Gross Rent Trends

Median gross rent for Kanawha County peaked in real terms in 2014 at $724 and is now $60 (8.29%) lower. Average gross rent for Kanawha County peaked in real terms in 2011 at $670 and is now $89 (13.28%) lower.

Real Gross Rent: Kanawha County WV Median, Kanawha County WV Average, West Virginia Median, US Median

Lower quartile, median and upper quartile real gross rent

Real Gross Rent History for Kanawha County

Date US
Median
West Virginia
Median
Kanawha County WV
Median
Kanawha County WV
Average
2017 $1,012 $690 $664 $581
2016 $996 $693 $712 $653
2015 $987 $694 $724 $647
2014 $956 $672 $724 $648
2013 $924 $633 $685 $602
2012 $912 $626 $681 $647
2011 $912 $627 $722 $670
2010 $927 $619 $663 $600
2009 $931 $610 $681 $589
2008 $947 $606 $648 $578
2007 $899 $598 $659 $587
2006 $909 $594 $636 $575

Kanawha 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 Kanawha County West Virginia was 10.28% according to Census ACS data.

Rental Vacancy Rate in Kanawha County West Virginia

2017 1 Year Change 3 Year Change
US 6.18% +0.29% -0.14%
West Virginia 8.21% +0.29% -0.70%
Kanawha County WV 10.28% +3.48% +5.00%

Trends in Kanawha County WV Rental Vacancy Rate

At 10.28%, Kanawha County residential rental vacancy rate in 2017 is at the highest point since 2005, the beginning of our reporting for this series.

Rental Vacancy Rate: Kanawha County WV, West Virginia, US

Rental vacancy rate in West Virginia

Historical Rental Vacancy Rate data for Kanawha County

Date US West Virginia Kanawha County WV
2017 6.18% 8.21% 10.28%
2016 5.89% 7.92% 6.80%
2015 5.85% 6.82% 5.61%
2014 6.32% 8.91% 5.28%
2013 6.49% 7.75% 5.85%
2012 6.77% 6.82% 5.93%
2011 7.40% 8.13% 8.18%
2010 8.17% 8.96% 6.87%
2009 8.43% 8.76% 7.02%
2008 7.86% 7.42% 4.34%
2007 7.87% 8.79% 7.94%
2006 7.70% 6.09% 8.38%

Rent as a Fraction of Income

Using median household income data for Kanawha County, we can calculate the fraction of income the median household would use to pay rent at the median monthly gross rent rate. For Kanawha County, median monthly gross rent as a fraction of median household income was 18.88% in 2017 according to the ACS.

Kanawha County West Virginia Median Annual Rent as a Fraction of Median Household Income

2017 1 Year Change 3 Year Change
US 20.13% -0.30% -0.76%
West Virginia 19.05% +0.18% -0.12%
Kanawha County WV 18.88% +0.19% -0.32%

Trends in Kanawha County WV Rent as a Fraction of Income

The fraction of median Kanawha County household income required to pay median monthly gross rent peaked in 2011 (relative to the 2005 series origin) at 20.71%. Since then it has fallen by 1.82% to 18.88%.

Fraction of Income towards Rent: Kanawha County WV, West Virginia, US

Percent of median household income going towards median monthly gross rent in Kanawha County West Virginia

Historical Data for Annual Rent as a Fraction of Income in Kanawha County West Virginia

Date US West Virginia Kanawha County WV
2017 20.13% 19.05% 18.88%
2016 20.43% 18.86% 18.69%
2015 20.63% 19.28% 18.76%
2014 20.89% 19.17% 19.20%
2013 20.78% 18.04% 17.38%
2012 20.65% 18.12% 16.88%
2011 20.70% 18.68% 20.71%
2010 20.50% 17.93% 16.89%
2009 20.12% 17.69% 17.62%
2008 19.00% 16.68% 16.30%
2007 18.66% 17.00% 16.94%
2006 18.90% 17.08% 17.72%

Renter Fraction in Kanawha County West Virginia

You can calculate the renter fraction in Kanawha 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 Kanawha County as a fraction of total Kanawha County households. In 2017 30.38% of households were renters according to Census ACS data.

Kanawha County Fraction of Renters by Household Units

2017 1 Year Change 3 Year Change
US 36.13% -0.75% -0.77%
West Virginia 27.46% -0.10% -0.37%
Kanawha County WV 30.38% -0.87% -0.71%

Trends in the Kanawha County WV Renter Fraction

The Kanawha County household renter fraction peaked in in 2015 at 32.96% and is now 2.58% below that level. The origin year for the series is 2005.

Fraction of Renting Households: Kanawha County WV, West Virginia, US

Fraction of renters in Kanawha County

History of Kanawha County Renter Fraction

Date US West Virginia Kanawha County WV
2017 36.13% 27.46% 30.38%
2016 36.88% 27.56% 31.25%
2015 36.97% 27.69% 32.96%
2014 36.90% 27.83% 31.09%
2013 36.50% 27.67% 30.00%
2012 36.09% 28.02% 30.72%
2011 35.42% 27.74% 30.96%
2010 34.65% 25.41% 28.41%
2009 34.13% 26.38% 28.46%
2008 33.36% 26.27% 31.66%
2007 32.80% 25.13% 29.54%
2006 32.73% 25.34% 29.50%

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.