Table 6. Homeownership Rates by Area: Second Quarter 2005 and 2006
(in percent)
Second Second 90-Percent
Area quarter quarter Confidence Interval (±)<sup>a</sup>
2005 2006 of 2006 rate of difference
United States..................... 68.6 68.7 0.5 0.4
Inside Metropolitan
Statistical Areas........... 67.1 67.3 1.3 0.5
In principal cities.......... 54.3 54.2 1.0 0.5
Not in principal cities
(suburbs)..................... 75.8 76.0 1.2 0.5
Outside Metropolitan
Statistical Areas............. 76.2 75.9 2.6 0.7
Northeast........................ 64.7 65.4 0.9 0.8
Midwest.......................... 73.4 72.5 1.0 0.7
South............................ 70.4 70.4 0.9 0.6
West............................. 63.8 64.7 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: Metropolitan 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. In this report, outside Metropolitan Statistical Areas includes micropolitan and non-metropolitan statistical
areas. The December 2003 definitions are available at:
http//www.census.gov/population/www/estimates/metrodef.html and http:/www/census.gov/population/estimates/about metro.html.