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Kenosha County Wisconsin Residential Rent and Rental Statistics

The median monthly gross residential rent in Kenosha County WI was $898 in 2017 according to the Census ACS survey.1 Average gross rent in Kenosha County was $888 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 Kenosha County median and average rent data will be released in September of 2019.

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

Show dollars as: Nominal Real

Real Gross Rent in Kenosha 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%
Kenosha County WI Median Gross Rent $898 +3.70% +0.79%

Kenosha County WI Real Gross Rent Trends

Median gross rent for Kenosha County peaked in real terms in 2008 at $944 and is now $46 (4.87%) lower. From a recent low of 804.0 in 2010, real median gross rent has now increased by $94 (11.69%). Average gross rent for Kenosha County peaked in real terms in 2008 at $984 and is now $96 (9.76%) lower. From a recent low of 821.0 in 2010, real average gross rent has now increased by $67 (8.16%).

Real Gross Rent: Kenosha County WI Median, Kenosha County WI Average, Wisconsin Median, US Median

Lower quartile, median and upper quartile real gross rent

Real Gross Rent History for Kenosha County

Date US
Median
Wisconsin
Median
Kenosha County WI
Median
Kenosha County WI
Average
2017 $1,012 $819 $898 $888
2016 $996 $814 $866 $888
2015 $987 $815 $836 $865
2014 $956 $801 $891 $920
2013 $924 $774 $862 $851
2012 $912 $767 $884 $863
2011 $912 $774 $884 $894
2010 $927 $775 $804 $821
2009 $931 $783 $877 $859
2008 $947 $809 $944 $984
2007 $899 $767 $859 $833
2006 $909 $784 $861 $869

Kenosha 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 Kenosha County Wisconsin was 3.85% according to Census ACS data.

Rental Vacancy Rate in Kenosha County Wisconsin

2017 1 Year Change 3 Year Change
US 6.18% +0.29% -0.14%
Wisconsin 5.20% +0.35% +0.56%
Kenosha County WI 3.85% +2.26% -2.57%

Trends in Kenosha County WI Rental Vacancy Rate

The rental vacancy rate in Kenosha County peaked in 2005 at 11.09%. Since then it has fallen by 7.24% to 3.85%. Data records for this series originated in 2005. From a 2016 post peak low of 1.59%, the rental vacancy rate has increased by 2.26%.

Rental Vacancy Rate: Kenosha County WI, Wisconsin, US

Rental vacancy rate in Wisconsin

Historical Rental Vacancy Rate data for Kenosha County

Date US Wisconsin Kenosha County WI
2017 6.18% 5.20% 3.85%
2016 5.89% 4.85% 1.59%
2015 5.85% 4.67% 5.81%
2014 6.32% 4.64% 6.42%
2013 6.49% 5.22% 6.82%
2012 6.77% 5.48% 6.71%
2011 7.40% 5.17% 7.82%
2010 8.17% 6.16% 5.96%
2009 8.43% 5.86% 10.69%
2008 7.86% 6.26% 8.36%
2007 7.87% 6.83% 6.48%
2006 7.70% 7.18% 6.47%

Rent as a Fraction of Income

Using median household income data for Kenosha County, we can calculate the fraction of income the median household would use to pay rent at the median monthly gross rent rate. For Kenosha County, median monthly gross rent as a fraction of median household income was 17.64% in 2017 according to the ACS.

Kenosha 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%
Kenosha County WI 17.64% +0.42% -2.13%

Trends in Kenosha County WI Rent as a Fraction of Income

The fraction of median Kenosha County household income required to pay median monthly gross rent peaked in 2013 (relative to the 2005 series origin) at 19.85%. Since then it has fallen by 2.21% to 17.64%.

Fraction of Income towards Rent: Kenosha County WI, Wisconsin, US

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

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

Date US Wisconsin Kenosha County WI
2017 20.13% 16.57% 17.64%
2016 20.43% 16.94% 17.23%
2015 20.63% 17.08% 17.47%
2014 20.89% 17.83% 19.78%
2013 20.78% 17.67% 19.85%
2012 20.65% 17.46% 18.98%
2011 20.70% 17.60% 19.73%
2010 20.50% 17.51% 17.16%
2009 20.12% 16.99% 18.10%
2008 19.00% 16.22% 17.93%
2007 18.66% 15.97% 17.03%
2006 18.90% 16.19% 16.70%

Renter Fraction in Kenosha County Wisconsin

You can calculate the renter fraction in Kenosha 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 Kenosha County as a fraction of total Kenosha County households. In 2017 33.93% of households were renters according to Census ACS data.

Kenosha 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%
Kenosha County WI 33.93% -3.72% +1.11%

Trends in the Kenosha County WI Renter Fraction

The Kenosha County household renter fraction peaked in in 2016 at 37.65% and is now 3.72% below that level. The origin year for the series is 2005.

Fraction of Renting Households: Kenosha County WI, Wisconsin, US

Fraction of renters in Kenosha County

History of Kenosha County Renter Fraction

Date US Wisconsin Kenosha County WI
2017 36.13% 33.39% 33.93%
2016 36.88% 33.34% 37.65%
2015 36.97% 33.21% 33.09%
2014 36.90% 33.40% 32.82%
2013 36.50% 32.82% 35.40%
2012 36.09% 32.71% 33.82%
2011 35.42% 32.15% 31.76%
2010 34.65% 31.30% 32.55%
2009 34.13% 31.02% 30.20%
2008 33.36% 29.87% 31.83%
2007 32.80% 29.92% 32.00%
2006 32.73% 29.55% 32.45%

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.