Learn More: Vacant Properties

Metadata

Variable Definition:
Vacant Commercial Properties: The percent of all commercial properties that are vacant, meaning they have not collected their mail for more than 90 days
Vacant Residential Properties: The percent of all residential properties that are vacant, meaning they have not collected their mail for more than 90 days
Source:
U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Aggregated  United States Postal Service (USPS) Administrative Data on Vacant Properties
Years Available:
2008 - 2017
Geographic Unit
Census Tract

Why is this Variable Important to Measure?

Vacant Properties
Under an agreement between United States Postal Service (USPS) and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), USPS shares quarterly data on addresses identified as “vacant.” The addresses reflects residential and commercial that USPS has recorded in their database. Vacant addresses have been identified as being vacant (not collecting their mail) for 90 days or longer.
This data allows HUD to track neighborhood change and provide an open data portal to researchers and practitioners. The vacant indicator is useful for researchers and practitioners exploring population growth, development patterns, rent evictions or gentrification trends.

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