Table 2. Rental and Homeowner Vacancy Rates, by Area: Third Quarter 2005 and 2006
(in percent)
Rental vacancy rates
Third Third 90-Percent
Area quarter quarter Confidence Interval (±)a
2005 2006 of 2006 rate of difference
United States.......... 9.9 9.9 0.4 0.5
Inside Metropolitan
Statistical Areas.. 9.7 10.0 0.5 0.5
In principal cities. 9.9 10.3 0.6 0.6
Not in principal cities
(suburbs).......... 9.5 9.6 0.7 0.8
Outside Metropolitan
Statistical Areas.. 10.8 9.7 1.5 1.6
Northeast............. 6.0 7.7 0.7 0.8
Midwest............... 13.4 12.6 0.9 1.0
South................. 11.9 11.9 0.9 1.0
West.................. 7.3 6.5 0.7 0.9
Homeowner vacancy rates
Third Third 90-Percent
Area quarter quarter Confidence Interval (±)a
2005 2006 of 2006 rate of difference
United States.......... 1.9 2.5 0.1 0.2
Inside Metropolitan
Statistical Areas.. 2.0 2.5 0.2 0.2
In principal cities. 2.6 3.3 0.3 0.4
Not in principal cities
(suburbs).......... 1.6 2.2 0.2 0.2
Outside Metropolitan
Statistical Areas... 1.8 2.2 0.3 0.3
Northeast............. 1.4 1.7 0.3 0.3
Midwest............... 2.3 2.7 0.3 0.3
South................. 2.2 2.8 0.2 0.3
West.................. 1.5 2.3 0.3 0.3
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 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. In this report, outside Metropolitan Statistical Areas includes micropolitan and non-metropolitan
statistical areas. The December 2003 definitions are available at:
<a href="http://www.census.gov/population/www/estimates/metrodef.html">http://www.census.gov/population/www/estimates/metrodef.html</a> and <a href="http://www.census.gov/population/www/estimates/aboutmetro.html">http://www.census.gov/population/www/estimates/aboutmetro.html</a>.