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Rental Vacancy Rates: 2003 through 2012

The overall rental unit vacancy rate in the United States for 2012 was 8.7%, down from 9.5% in 2011.

The following table contains vacancy rate by selected unit characteristics

Unit Characteristic 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012
All units 9.8% 10.2% 9.8% 9.7% 9.7% 10.0% 10.6% 10.2% 9.5% 8.7%
1 unit in structure 8.4% 9.3% 9.9% 10.0% 9.6% 9.7% 9.8% 9.6% 8.9% 8.5%
2 to 4 units in structure 9.4% 9.6% 9.2% 9.5% 9.3% 8.9% 9.3% 9.0% 9.3% 8.4%
5 units or more in structure 11.4% 11.5% 10.4% 9.9% 10.3% 11.2% 12.3% 11.6% 10.3% 9.3%

The following table contains rental vacancy rates by unit location

Location 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012
United States 9.8% 10.2% 9.8% 9.7% 9.7% 10.0% 10.6% 10.2% 9.5% 8.7%
Inside Metropolitan Area 9.6% 10.2% 9.7%

9.7%

9.8% 10.0% 10.7% 10.3% 9.5% 8.6%
  Inside Principal City 10.0% 10.8% 10.0% 10.0% 10.0% 10.2% 11.1% 10.7% 9.9% 8.8%
  Not in Principal City (Suburbs) 9.2% 9.5% 9.4% 9.3% 9.6% 9.7% 10.2% 9.8% 9.0% 8.4%
Outside Metropolitan Area 10.6% 10.2% 10.5% 10.0% 9.3% 10.4% 10.4% 9.9% 9.5% 9.5%
Northeast Region 6.6% 7.3% 6.5% 7.1% 7.0% 6.9% 7.2% 7.6% 7.3% 7.3%
Midwest Region 10.8% 12.2% 12.6% 12.4% 11.5% 10.8% 10.7% 10.8% 10.2% 9.3%
South Region 12.5% 12.6% 11.8% 11.6% 12.3% 13.0% 13.6% 12.7% 12.0% 10.8%
West Region 7.7% 7.5% 7.3% 6.8% 6.7% 7.5% 9.0% 8.2% 7.0% 6.4%

Maps illustrating total rental vacancy by state are below

Rental Vacancy Rate by State (Acrobat)

Change in Rental Vacancy Rate by State (Acrobat)

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