Learn More: Rent Price

The Rent Price dataset includes the following variable: Median Rent Price. Browse this Learn More page to see this dataset's metadata and why its variable is important to measure.

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Variable Definition:
Median Rent Price: The median value of gross rent prices in an area, measured in dollars
Other Notes: 
For data from years 2006-10 ~ 2010-14, the American Community Survey capped the median rent price at $2,000.  All census tracts with median rent over $2,000 for these years are shown as $2,000. 
For data from years 2011-15 ~ 2012-16, the American Community Survey capped the median rent price at $3,500.  All census tracts with a median rent of over $3,500 for these years are shown as $3,500. 
American Community Survey, 5-year estimates, Table B25064
Years Available:
2006-10, 2007-11, 2008-12, 2009-13, 2010-14, 2011-15, 2012-16
Geographic Unit:
Census Tract

Why is this Variable Important to Measure?

Median Rent Price
Median rent price measures gross rent, which includes rent price plus the cost of utilities like electricity, water, gas, and sewage. Many factors can affect the rent price of a housing unit, including its age, condition, size, and design. Additionally, neighborhood characteristics like proximity to amenities, school district performance, and crime rates and safety have a sizable impact on rent prices. The general strength of the economy and housing markets can also cause rent prices to rise or fall. Because the rate of homeownership has declined since the Great Recession, an increased demand for rental units has caused rent prices to rise.
Median Gross Rent is a measure of the average level of housing affordability in an area. It is a useful tool for comparing affordability on both a neighborhood and national scale.

Roy, Joydeep, Melissa Maynard, and Elaine Weiss. "The hidden costs of the housing crisis: The long-term impact of housing affordability and quality on young children's odds of success." Partnership for America's Economic Success, 2008. Link

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