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Eau Claire County Wisconsin Residential Rent and Rental Statistics

The median monthly gross residential rent in Eau Claire County WI was $765 in 2017 according to the Census ACS survey.1 Average gross rent in Eau Claire County was $772 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 Eau Claire County median and average rent data will be released in September of 2019.

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

Show dollars as: Nominal Real

Real Gross Rent in Eau Claire County Wisconsin (2017 dollars)2

2017 1 Year Change 3 Year Change
US Median Gross Rent $1,012 +1.61% +5.86%
Wisconsin Median Gross Rent $819 +0.61% +2.25%
Eau Claire County WI Median Gross Rent $765 -5.09% -0.78%

Eau Claire County WI Real Gross Rent Trends

Median gross rent for Eau Claire County peaked in real terms in 2016 at $806 and is now $41 (5.09%) lower. Average gross rent for Eau Claire County peaked in real terms in 2015 at $812 and is now $40 (4.93%) lower.

Real Gross Rent: Eau Claire County WI Median, Eau Claire County WI Average, Wisconsin Median, US Median

Lower quartile, median and upper quartile real gross rent

Real Gross Rent History for Eau Claire County

Date US
Median
Wisconsin
Median
Eau Claire County WI
Median
Eau Claire County WI
Average
2017 $1,012 $819 $765 $772
2016 $996 $814 $806 $802
2015 $987 $815 $801 $812
2014 $956 $801 $771 $737
2013 $924 $774 $734 $706
2012 $912 $767 $704 $722
2011 $912 $774 $727 $752
2010 $927 $775 $681 $703
2009 $931 $783 $685 $707
2008 $947 $809 $760 $771
2007 $899 $767 $693 $673
2006 $909 $784 $706 $734

Eau Claire County Rental Vacancy Rate

The rental vacancy rate is the fraction of homes for rent that are not occupied.3 In 2014 the rental vacancy rate for Eau Claire County Wisconsin was 3.35% according to Census ACS data.

Rental Vacancy Rate in Eau Claire County Wisconsin

2017 1 Year Change 3 Year Change
US 6.18% +0.29% -0.14%
Wisconsin 5.20% +0.35% +0.56%
Eau Claire County WI

Trends in Eau Claire County WI Rental Vacancy Rate

The rental vacancy rate in Eau Claire County peaked in 2007 at 6.67%. Since then it has fallen by 3.32% to 3.35%. Data records for this series originated in 2005.

Rental Vacancy Rate: Eau Claire County WI, Wisconsin, US

Rental vacancy rate in Wisconsin

Historical Rental Vacancy Rate data for Eau Claire County

Date US Wisconsin Eau Claire County WI
2017 6.18% 5.20%
2016 5.89% 4.85%
2015 5.85% 4.67%
2014 6.32% 4.64% 3.35%
2013 6.49% 5.22%
2012 6.77% 5.48%
2011 7.40% 5.17% 3.84%
2010 8.17% 6.16% 3.93%
2009 8.43% 5.86%
2008 7.86% 6.26%
2007 7.87% 6.83% 6.67%
2006 7.70% 7.18% 4.41%

Rent as a Fraction of Income

Using median household income data for Eau Claire County, we can calculate the fraction of income the median household would use to pay rent at the median monthly gross rent rate. For Eau Claire County, median monthly gross rent as a fraction of median household income was 16.70% in 2017 according to the ACS.

Eau Claire County Wisconsin Median Annual Rent as a Fraction of Median Household Income

2017 1 Year Change 3 Year Change
US 20.13% -0.30% -0.76%
Wisconsin 16.57% -0.37% -1.26%
Eau Claire County WI 16.70% -2.42% -2.51%

Trends in Eau Claire County WI Rent as a Fraction of Income

The fraction of median Eau Claire County household income required to pay median monthly gross rent peaked in 2014 (relative to the 2005 series origin) at 19.21%. Since then it has fallen by 2.51% to 16.70%.

Fraction of Income towards Rent: Eau Claire County WI, Wisconsin, US

Percent of median household income going towards median monthly gross rent in Eau Claire County Wisconsin

Historical Data for Annual Rent as a Fraction of Income in Eau Claire County Wisconsin

Date US Wisconsin Eau Claire County WI
2017 20.13% 16.57% 16.70%
2016 20.43% 16.94% 19.12%
2015 20.63% 17.08% 18.09%
2014 20.89% 17.83% 19.21%
2013 20.78% 17.67% 17.54%
2012 20.65% 17.46% 17.08%
2011 20.70% 17.60% 17.29%
2010 20.50% 17.51% 17.60%
2009 20.12% 16.99% 17.15%
2008 19.00% 16.22% 16.44%
2007 18.66% 15.97% 16.91%
2006 18.90% 16.19% 15.16%

Renter Fraction in Eau Claire County Wisconsin

You can calculate the renter fraction in Eau Claire 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 Eau Claire County as a fraction of total Eau Claire County households. In 2017 34.68% of households were renters according to Census ACS data.

Eau Claire County Fraction of Renters by Household Units

2017 1 Year Change 3 Year Change
US 36.13% -0.75% -0.77%
Wisconsin 33.39% +0.05% -0.01%
Eau Claire County WI 34.68% -2.02% -8.38%

Trends in the Eau Claire County WI Renter Fraction

The Eau Claire County household renter fraction peaked in in 2014 at 43.06% and is now 8.38% below that level. The origin year for the series is 2005.

Fraction of Renting Households: Eau Claire County WI, Wisconsin, US

Fraction of renters in Eau Claire County

History of Eau Claire County Renter Fraction

Date US Wisconsin Eau Claire County WI
2017 36.13% 33.39% 34.68%
2016 36.88% 33.34% 36.70%
2015 36.97% 33.21% 33.35%
2014 36.90% 33.40% 43.06%
2013 36.50% 32.82% 36.32%
2012 36.09% 32.71% 38.12%
2011 35.42% 32.15% 36.00%
2010 34.65% 31.30% 34.41%
2009 34.13% 31.02% 37.77%
2008 33.36% 29.87% 32.60%
2007 32.80% 29.92% 33.56%
2006 32.73% 29.55% 31.94%

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.