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Washington County Wisconsin Residential Rent and Rental Statistics

The median monthly gross residential rent in Washington County WI was $866 in 2017 according to the Census ACS survey.1 Average gross rent in Washington County was $881 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 Washington County median and average rent data will be released in September of 2019.

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

Show dollars as: Nominal Real

Real Gross Rent in Washington 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%
Washington County WI Median Gross Rent $866 -0.57% -4.42%

Washington County WI Real Gross Rent Trends

Median gross rent for Washington County peaked in real terms in 2015 at $919 and is now $53 (5.77%) lower. Average gross rent for Washington County peaked in real terms in 2014 at $1,031 and is now $150 (14.55%) lower.

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

Lower quartile, median and upper quartile real gross rent

Real Gross Rent History for Washington County

Date US
Median
Wisconsin
Median
Washington County WI
Median
Washington County WI
Average
2017 $1,012 $819 $866 $881
2016 $996 $814 $871 $934
2015 $987 $815 $919 $890
2014 $956 $801 $906 $1,031
2013 $924 $774 $810 $823
2012 $912 $767 $789 $819
2011 $912 $774 $825 $907
2010 $927 $775 $853 $915
2009 $931 $783 $861 $864
2008 $947 $809 $813 $812
2007 $899 $767 $803 $804
2006 $909 $784 $879 $825

Washington County Rental Vacancy Rate

The rental vacancy rate is the fraction of homes for rent that are not occupied.3 In 2012 the rental vacancy rate for Washington County Wisconsin was 6.73% according to Census ACS data.

Rental Vacancy Rate in Washington County Wisconsin

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

Trends in Washington County WI Rental Vacancy Rate

At 6.73%, Washington County residential rental vacancy rate in 2012 is at the highest point since 2005, the beginning of our reporting for this series.

Rental Vacancy Rate: Washington County WI, Wisconsin, US

Rental vacancy rate in Wisconsin

Historical Rental Vacancy Rate data for Washington County

Date US Wisconsin Washington County WI
2017 6.18% 5.20%
2016 5.89% 4.85%
2015 5.85% 4.67%
2014 6.32% 4.64%
2013 6.49% 5.22%
2012 6.77% 5.48% 6.73%
2011 7.40% 5.17%
2010 8.17% 6.16% 5.48%
2009 8.43% 5.86%
2008 7.86% 6.26%
2007 7.87% 6.83%
2006 7.70% 7.18%

Rent as a Fraction of Income

Using median household income data for Washington County, we can calculate the fraction of income the median household would use to pay rent at the median monthly gross rent rate. For Washington County, median monthly gross rent as a fraction of median household income was 13.77% in 2017 according to the ACS.

Washington 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%
Washington County WI 13.77% -0.23% -1.75%

Trends in Washington County WI Rent as a Fraction of Income

The fraction of median Washington County household income required to pay median monthly gross rent peaked in 2010 (relative to the 2005 series origin) at 15.62%. Since then it has fallen by 1.85% to 13.77%.

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

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

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

Date US Wisconsin Washington County WI
2017 20.13% 16.57% 13.77%
2016 20.43% 16.94% 14.01%
2015 20.63% 17.08% 15.37%
2014 20.89% 17.83% 15.52%
2013 20.78% 17.67% 14.33%
2012 20.65% 17.46% 14.29%
2011 20.70% 17.60% 14.06%
2010 20.50% 17.51% 15.62%
2009 20.12% 16.99% 15.44%
2008 19.00% 16.22% 13.42%
2007 18.66% 15.97% 12.94%
2006 18.90% 16.19% 15.11%

Renter Fraction in Washington County Wisconsin

You can calculate the renter fraction in Washington 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 Washington County as a fraction of total Washington County households. In 2017 23.79% of households were renters according to Census ACS data.

Washington 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%
Washington County WI 23.79% +0.44% +1.83%

Trends in the Washington County WI Renter Fraction

The Washington County household renter fraction peaked in in 2006 at 24.12% and is now 0.33% below that level. From a recent low of 21.56% in 2012, the household based renter fraction has now grown by 2.23%. The origin year for the series is 2005.

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

Fraction of renters in Washington County

History of Washington County Renter Fraction

Date US Wisconsin Washington County WI
2017 36.13% 33.39% 23.79%
2016 36.88% 33.34% 23.35%
2015 36.97% 33.21% 22.52%
2014 36.90% 33.40% 21.96%
2013 36.50% 32.82% 22.28%
2012 36.09% 32.71% 21.56%
2011 35.42% 32.15% 22.83%
2010 34.65% 31.30% 22.44%
2009 34.13% 31.02% 22.98%
2008 33.36% 29.87% 22.11%
2007 32.80% 29.92% 21.76%
2006 32.73% 29.55% 24.12%

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.