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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 better home and community.

How does our county compare?

In 2014-18, the median monthly rent in Lancaster County was $996, higher than the $932 statewide median and below the $1,042 national median. Median monthly rent in Lancaster County increased by 13% since 2000, in line with state and national increases of 14% and 13%, respectively. The City of Lancaster, with a median monthly rent of $849, has also increased 13% since 2000.

Most surrounding counties increased by similar amounts over this period: Chester by 13%, Berks and Cumberland by 12%, and Dauphin by 10%. Lebanon and York were the exceptions, increasing by 19% and 17%, respectively. All but one surrounding county have median rents in the $850-$1,000 range: Chester County is the outlier, with a median rent of $1,310.

Notes about the data

Data are presented in 2018 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
20002009-132014-18
Pennsylvania$815$892$932
Lancaster County$878$960$996
Lancaster City$749$823$849
Lancaster County Boroughs
Adamstown borough$795$938*$882
Akron borough$927$849$977
Columbia borough$726$812$787
Denver township$806$1,110$896
East Petersburg borough$1,056$1,171$1,012
Elizabethtown borough$861$888$921
Ephrata borough$806$840$866
Lititz borough$869$937$1,034
Manheim borough$859$800$857
Marietta borough$803$785$805
Millersville borough$1,016$1,039$1,212
Mount Joy borough$813$927$971
Mountville borough$818$840$1,007
New Holland borough$936$922$919
Quarryville borough$784$831$1,135
Strasburg borough$792$970$965
Terre Hill borough$915$768$755**
Lancaster County Townships
Bart township$752$1,221**$754
Brecknock township$864$810$801
Caernarvon township$924$988*$996*
Clay township$769$1,241$911*
Colerain township$815$786$840***
Conestoga township$818$791$941
Conoy township$813$835$1,225*
Drumore township$829$1,059**$1,128
Earl township$884$1,216$1,068
East Cocalico township$852$944$987
East Donegal township$1,065$875*$1,155
East Drumore township$885$1,255$1,318
East Earl township$938$822$1,027
East Hempfield township$968$1,043$1,065
East Lampeter township$1,037$1,116$1,138
Eden township$850$834*$978**
Elizabeth township$816$872$918*
Ephrata township$918$1,005$1,060
Fulton township$761$925$1,079
Lancaster township$1,022$1,056$1,115
Leacock township$710$788$905
Little Britain township$1,033$856$610***
Manheim township$1,051$1,133$1,194
Manor township$876$1,050$1,008
Martic township$861$874***$980
Mount Joy township$875$1,122$1,139
Paradise township$809$959$935
Penn township$815$1,175$1,122
Pequea township$870$767*$955
Providence township$996$1,157$966
Rapho township$801$1,262$1,079*
Sadsbury township$753$914$1,069**
Salisbury township$887$999$866
Strasburg township$987$1,235$1,251
Upper Leacock township$895$1,015$965
Warwick township$1,008$1,229$1,178
West Cocalico township$899$887*$874
West Donegal township$2,047$1,732*$1,842
West Earl township$740$697**$1,088*
West Hempfield township$852$892$835
West Lampeter township$1,717$1,851$1,519*
Berks County$836$913$935
Chester County$1,157$1,280$1,310
Cumberland County$884$937$991
Dauphin County$855$921$939
Lebanon County$721$811$859
York County$815$900$954

Source: U.S. Census Bureau
Notes: Figures in 2019 dollars. Multiyear results are from rolling American Community Survey. * Margin of error between 20% & 35% of estimate; ** margin of error between 35% & 50%; *** margin of error greater than 50%.








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