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The New York City Housing and Vacancy Survey (NYCHVS), sponsored by the New York City Department of Housing Preservation and Development, is conducted every 3 years to comply with New York state and New York City’s rent regulation laws. The Census Bureau has conducted the survey for the City since 1965. The 2011 NYCHVS is the 15th such survey.

Detailed data from the survey cover many characteristics of the City’s housing market, including characteristics of the City’s population, households, housing stock, and neighborhoods. The rental vacancy rate is the primary focus of the survey, because that value is crucial to the current rent regulation laws. Other important survey data on housing include rent regulatory and homeownership status, structural conditions, unit maintenance and neighborhood conditions; crowding, rents, utility costs, type of heating fuel, rent/income ratios; owner purchase price and estimated value, mortgage status and interest rate; number of stories and units in building, cooperative/condominium status, wheelchair accessibility, and much more about housing and households in New York City.


Latest Releases

2011 Data Tables

Microdata: New York City Housing Vacancy Survey data files are under review. Files will be restored to the website when the 2014 data files are ready for release

Documentation Materials 

2011 Survey Respondent Forms 

Source and Accuracy Statement [PDF]

Standards Errors of the Estimates [XLS]


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Source: U.S. Census Bureau | New York City Housing and Vacancy Survey (NYCHVS) |  Last Revised: 2014-12-03T13:16:10-05:00