Table 2. Rental and Homeowner Vacancy Rates, by Area: Second Quarter 2004 and 2005
Rental vacancy rates
Second Second 90-Percent
Area quarter quarter Confidence Interval(±)<sup>a</sup>
2004 2005 of 2005 rate of difference
United States.......... 10.2 9.8 0.4 0.5
Inside Core-Based
Statistical Areas. NA 9.7 0.5 NA
In central cities.. NA 10.1 0.6 NA
Not in central cities
(suburbs).......... NA 9.1 0.7 NA
Outside Core-Based
Statistical Areas.. NA 10.4 1.5 NA
Northeast............. 7.0 6.1 0.7 0.8
Midwest............... 11.7 12.6 0.9 1.0
South................. 13.0 11.8 0.9 1.0
West.................. 7.7 7.5 0.8 0.9
Homeowner vacancy rates
Second Second 90-Percent
Area quarter quarter Confidence Interval(±)<sup>a</sup>
2004 2005 of 2005 rate of difference
United States.......... 1.7 1.8 0.1 0.1
Inside Core-Based
Statistical Areas. NA 1.8 0.1 NA
In central cities.. NA 2.1 0.3 NA
Not in central cities
(suburbs).......... NA 1.6 0.1 NA
Outside Core-Based
Statistical Areas.. NA 1.8 0.3 NA
Northeast............. 1.1 1.3 0.2 0.3
Midwest............... 1.7 2.0 0.2 0.3
South................. 2.0 2.2 0.2 0.3
West.................. 1.4 1.3 0.2 0.3
<sup>a</sup>A 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.
NA Not available. 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 statistical definitions which
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.