Learn More: Housing Stability


Variable Definition:
Housing Stability: The percentage of households living in the same housing unit as they were one year ago
American Community Survey, 5 year estimates, Table B07012
Years Available:
2006-2010, 2007-2011, 2008-2012, 2009-2013, 2010-2014, 2011-2015, 2012-16, 2013-17, 2014-18, 2015-19
Geographic Unit
Census Tract (aggregated to neighborhoods and cities)

Why is this Variable Important to Measure?

Housing Stability
Housing stability, defined as living in the same housing unit for more than one year, has important impacts on both families and neighborhoods. Frequent moving has been shown to have a negative impact on the educational achievement of children in a household. On a neighborhood level, higher rates of housing stability can lead to more community cohesion and increased participation in community organizations.

Woo, Ayoung, Kenneth Joh, and Shannon Van Zandt. "Impacts of the low-income housing tax credit program on neighborhood housing turnover." Urban Affairs Review, vol. 52, no. 2, 2016, pp. 247-279. Link
Aaronson, Daniel. "A note on the benefits of homeownership." Journal of Urban Economics, vol. 47, no. 3, 2000, pp. 356-369. Link
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