Learn More: Total Housing Units


Variable Definition:
Total Housing Units: The total number of houses, apartments, mobile homes and other living quarters that are intended for occupancy as well as tents, vans and other structures being used as a primary place of residence
American Community Survey, 5 year estimates, Table B25001
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?

Total Housing Units
The American Community Survey defines a housing unit as a house, an apartment, a mobile home, a group of rooms or a single room that is occupied (or, if vacant, intended for occupancy) as separate living quarters. Boats, recreational vehicles (RVs), vans, tents, and railroad cars are included only if they are occupied as someone's current place of residence.
The number of housing units available in a given area provides insight about the area's characteristics and development opportunities. A high number of units indicates a densely populated neighborhood with a demand for schools, retail, transit, and traffic solutions. Areas with lower numbers of units could be neighborhoods consisting of primarily commercial buildings, suburban areas where housing units are relatively more spread out, or blighted neighborhoods that require development and investment.

American Community Survey. 2017 Subject Definitions. Link
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