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La Crosse County Wisconsin Residential Rent and Rental Statistics

The median monthly gross residential rent in La Crosse County WI was $813 in 2017 according to the Census ACS survey.1 Average gross rent in La Crosse County was $862 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 La Crosse County median and average rent data will be released in September of 2019.

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

Show dollars as: Nominal Real

Real Gross Rent in La Crosse 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%
La Crosse County WI Median Gross Rent $813 +4.36% +3.17%

La Crosse County WI Real Gross Rent Trends

At $813, real median gross rent in La Crosse County was at its highest level in 2017 since the series began in 2005. At $862, real average gross rent in La Crosse County was at its highest level in 2017 since the series began in 2005.

Real Gross Rent: La Crosse County WI Median, La Crosse County WI Average, Wisconsin Median, US Median

Lower quartile, median and upper quartile real gross rent

Real Gross Rent History for La Crosse County

Date US
Median
Wisconsin
Median
La Crosse County WI
Median
La Crosse County WI
Average
2017 $1,012 $819 $813 $862
2016 $996 $814 $779 $793
2015 $987 $815 $778 $833
2014 $956 $801 $788 $819
2013 $924 $774 $720 $687
2012 $912 $767 $740 $733
2011 $912 $774 $750 $858
2010 $927 $775 $725 $761
2009 $931 $783 $748 $765
2008 $947 $809 $727 $756
2007 $899 $767 $746 $733
2006 $909 $784 $655 $657

La Crosse 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 La Crosse County Wisconsin was 3.70% according to Census ACS data.

Rental Vacancy Rate in La Crosse County Wisconsin

2017 1 Year Change 3 Year Change
US 6.18% +0.29% -0.14%
Wisconsin 5.20% +0.35% +0.56%
La Crosse County WI 3.70%

Trends in La Crosse County WI Rental Vacancy Rate

The rental vacancy rate in La Crosse County peaked in 2013 at 5.66%. Since then it has fallen by 1.96% to 3.70%. Data records for this series originated in 2005.

Rental Vacancy Rate: La Crosse County WI, Wisconsin, US

Rental vacancy rate in Wisconsin

Historical Rental Vacancy Rate data for La Crosse County

Date US Wisconsin La Crosse County WI
2017 6.18% 5.20% 3.70%
2016 5.89% 4.85%
2015 5.85% 4.67% 3.27%
2014 6.32% 4.64%
2013 6.49% 5.22% 5.66%
2012 6.77% 5.48%
2011 7.40% 5.17%
2010 8.17% 6.16% 3.07%
2009 8.43% 5.86%
2008 7.86% 6.26%
2007 7.87% 6.83% 2.25%
2006 7.70% 7.18%

Rent as a Fraction of Income

Using median household income data for La Crosse County, we can calculate the fraction of income the median household would use to pay rent at the median monthly gross rent rate. For La Crosse County, median monthly gross rent as a fraction of median household income was 17.11% in 2017 according to the ACS.

La Crosse 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%
La Crosse County WI 17.11% +0.32% -1.80%

Trends in La Crosse County WI Rent as a Fraction of Income

The fraction of median La Crosse County household income required to pay median monthly gross rent peaked in 2014 (relative to the 2005 series origin) at 18.91%. Since then it has fallen by 1.80% to 17.11%.

Fraction of Income towards Rent: La Crosse County WI, Wisconsin, US

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

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

Date US Wisconsin La Crosse County WI
2017 20.13% 16.57% 17.11%
2016 20.43% 16.94% 16.79%
2015 20.63% 17.08% 18.17%
2014 20.89% 17.83% 18.91%
2013 20.78% 17.67% 16.41%
2012 20.65% 17.46% 18.17%
2011 20.70% 17.60% 17.20%
2010 20.50% 17.51% 17.05%
2009 20.12% 16.99% 16.17%
2008 19.00% 16.22% 15.62%
2007 18.66% 15.97% 16.21%
2006 18.90% 16.19% 14.74%

Renter Fraction in La Crosse County Wisconsin

You can calculate the renter fraction in La Crosse 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 La Crosse County as a fraction of total La Crosse County households. In 2017 39.94% of households were renters according to Census ACS data.

La Crosse 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%
La Crosse County WI 39.94% +4.25% +4.93%

Trends in the La Crosse County WI Renter Fraction

At 39.94%, the 2017 household based renter fraction in La Crosse County was at its highest level. The origin year for the series is 2005.

Fraction of Renting Households: La Crosse County WI, Wisconsin, US

Fraction of renters in La Crosse County

History of La Crosse County Renter Fraction

Date US Wisconsin La Crosse County WI
2017 36.13% 33.39% 39.94%
2016 36.88% 33.34% 35.69%
2015 36.97% 33.21% 35.66%
2014 36.90% 33.40% 35.01%
2013 36.50% 32.82% 35.88%
2012 36.09% 32.71% 35.88%
2011 35.42% 32.15% 33.94%
2010 34.65% 31.30% 36.12%
2009 34.13% 31.02% 34.31%
2008 33.36% 29.87% 31.38%
2007 32.80% 29.92% 34.71%
2006 32.73% 29.55% 31.78%

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.