Median Rent

Median Rent

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What does this measure?

The most recent monthly rent plus the average monthly payments for utilities and fuel, as reported to the Census Bureau, adjusted for inflation. The median represents the mid-point of monthly rents (half the values are above the median and half below).

Why is this important?

For those who do not own a home, rent is a necessary expense. The higher a family's rental expenses, the less they have to spend on their other needs. However, higher median rental values can also be indicative of a higher-quality home and a stable community.

How is our county doing?

In 2013-17, the monthly median rent in Erie County was $723. This was substantially lower than the state median of $885 and the national median of $982. Erie's median rent was up 10% from 2000, an increase similar to the national level and slightly less than in Pennsylvania, where the median rent increased 13% during the same period. Monthly median rent in the City of Erie was $679, up 9% since 2000.

How do we compare to similar counties?

Erie County's median rent in 2013-17 was lower than Luzerne County, PA and Broome County, NY, at $742 and $734, respectively. It was higher than in Stark County, OH, at $711.

Notes about the data

Data are presented in 2017 dollars. Multi-year figures are from the Census Bureau's American Community Survey. The bureau combined five years of responses to the survey to provide estimates for smaller geographic areas and increase the precision of its estimates. The survey provides data on characteristics of the population that used to be collected only during the decennial census. Figures for the region and surrounding counties were calculated by aggregating county medians based on each county's share of the region's population. Data for this indicator are expected to be released in the fourth quarter.

Median Rent
United States$886$949$982
Erie County, PA$655$689$723
Broome County, NY$680$711$734
Stark County, OH$715$700$711
Luzerne County, PA$639$682$742
Erie City$624$659$679

Source: U.S. Census Bureau
Notes: Note: Figures in 2017 dollars. Multiyear results are from rolling American Community Survey.

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