St Louis Rental Vacancy Rate Rises For First Time In A Year

The St Louis MSA rental vacancy rate during the 1st quarter of this year was 8.1%, an increase from 6.6% the prior quarter, according to data recently released by the U.S. Census Bureau.  Given that for 2018 the median rental vacancy rate of 6.8% in the St Louis MSA was a 13 year low, it’s not surprising we may see an uptick in vacancies.

As the table below shows, the rental vacancy rate for the St Louis MSA for the first quarter of 2018 was 9.6% and then fell to 5.6% during the 2nd quarter so perhaps we’ll see a repeat of that this year as well but time will tell.

St Louis Rental Vacancy Rates – 2016 – Present

(click on table for complete data from 2005 – present)

 

St Louis Rental Vacancy Rate In 2018 Hits Lowest Level In Over 13 Years

The median rental vacancy rate for the St Louis metro area during 2018 was 6.8%, according to data recently released by the U.S. Census Bureau.  This rate marks the lowest annual median rental vacancy rate for St Louis since the U.S. Census Bureau’s reports which began in 2005.

As the table below shows, the vacancy rate for the 4th quarter of 2018 was 6.6%, down from 6.9% the quarter before and down from 9.2% a year ago.

St Louis Rental Vacancy Rates

St Louis Rental Vacancy Rates

 

St Louis Rental Vacancies Increase In First Quarter – Still 3rd Lowest Level In 6 Years

St Louis Rental Vacancies remain at historically low levels in spite of a slight increase in the first quarter of this year to 8.6% from 8.5% in the 4th quarter of 2014.  The St Louis vacancy rate for first quarter of 2015 was also up significantly from the first quarter of 2014 when the vacancy rate for St Louis stood at just 7.2% although, as the table below shows,  we have to remember that was the lowest vacancy rate we had seen in over 10 years.

On a national level, the rental vacancy rate has declined as well, down to 7.1% for the 1st quarter of 2015, down from 8.3% for the 1st quarter of 2014.  As the chart below illustrates, all four regions in the U.S. have seen a decline in rental vacancy rates from the 1st quarter of 2014 to the same quarter in 2015.  This, coupled with the facts that St Louis has a higher vacancy rate for 1st quarter 2015 than that of the region, as well as has seen an increase in rate from a year ago while the region saw a decline, may be a warning sign that the St Louis market, while performing well, is not keeping up with the region and the nation.

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