Table 6. Homeownership Rates by Area: First Quarter 2005 and 2006
(in percent)
First First 90-Percent
Area quarter quarter Confidence Interval (±)<sup>a</sup>
2005 2006 of 2006 rate of difference
United States..................... 69.1 68.5 0.5 0.4
Inside Core-Based
Statistical Areas����������� 67.6 66.9 1.3 0.5
In central cities............. 54.1 53.9 1.0 0.5
Not in central cities
(suburbs)..................... 76.9 75.6 1.2 0.5
Outside Core-Based
Statistical Areas������������ 76.7 76.4 2.6 0.7
Northeast........................ 65.4 64.7 0.9 0.8
Midwest.......................... 73.1 72.5 1.0 0.7
South............................ 71.1 70.4 0.9 0.6
West............................. 64.9 64.4 1.2 0.8
aA 90-percent confidence interval is a measure of an estimate's reliability. The larger the
confidence interval is, in relation to the size of the estimate, the less reliable the estimate.
Note: Core-Based Statistical Area data for 2005 and later are not comparable to earlier data.
Beginning in first quarter 2005, the Current Population Survey/Housing Vacancy Survey is using the
new metropolitan and micropolitan definitions that were announced by the Office of Management and
Budget (OMB) in June 2003, and were based on the application of the 2000 standards to Census 2000
data. OMB announced updates as of December 2003, based on application of the 2000 standards to
more recent Census Bureau estimates. The December 2003 definitions are available at
http://www.census.gov./population/www/estimates/metrodef.html.