FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: MONDAY, JULY 10, 2006
Census Bureau and Department of Housing and Urban Development Release Data File on the Nation's Housing Characteristics
Americans are very satisfied with
their neighborhoods, according to 2005 American Housing Survey microdata released
today by the U.S. Census Bureau and the Department of Housing and Urban Development.
The survey also reveals that the median value of a new home (built in the last
four years) was $236,864; monthly housing costs were $809 last year.
The American Housing Survey microdata are files
showing the responses made by the public to survey questions, with identifyng
information removed. These records enable users to generate their own tabulations.
The file includes 2005 statistics on a wide range
of housing topics. Among these are the presence of air conditioning and other
equipment, heating fuels used, size of homes, mortgages, rent control and rent
subsidies, satisfaction with home and neighborhood and repairs made to the unit.
Information on the demographic characteristics of the unit’s occupants
is also included. Statistics are provided for apartments, single-family homes,
mobile homes and vacant housing units.
Additional examples of findings:
- On a scale of 1 (worse) to 10 (best), the percentage of householders who
rated their neighborhood an 8 or above (70.4 percent) was up about 1 percentage
point from 2003, the last time these data were collected. The Midwest (72.6
percent) had the highest rate among regions.
- The median home value rose from $140,201 in 2003 to $165,344 in 2005.
- The median value of a newly built home also increased over the period,
from $186,939 to $236,864.
- There were 4.1 million renter-occupied housing units in multiunit structures
with five or more apartments that included at least one household member age
55 or older. In about 22 percent of these units, the occupants received various
special services such as prepared meals, transportation and housekeeping.
About 14 percent of these occupants lived in buildings where assistance was
provided to them, such as financial management and aid in shopping, bathing
- The percentage of householders who reported crime in their neighborhoods
rose from 14.6 percent in 2003 to 15.1 percent in 2005.
- Sixty-two percent of the nation’s 6.9 million mobile homes were single-wide,
with the remainder being double-wide or larger.
Data are from the 2005 American Housing Survey. Statistics from surveys are subject to sampling and nonsampling error.