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graphical representation of housing in a community

We ask questions about the use and cost of common utilities, any applicable condominium and mobile home fees, taxes, insurance, mortgages and home loans to produce statistics about selected monthly owner costs.

Federal agencies use these data to analyze whether adequate housing is affordable for residents and to provide and fund housing assistance programs. These statistics also help enforce laws, regulations, and policies against discrimination in government programs and in society.

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Questions as they appear on the form

We ask seven questions that cover the cost of utilities, condominium fees, taxes, insurance, mortgages, and home loans to create a profile of a community's housing costs.

Results from these questions

We compile the results from these questions to provide communities with important statistics to provide adequate housing, plan community development, and ensure equal opportunity. You can see some of these published statistics here for the nation, states, and your community.

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Housing costs for owners data help communities:

Ensure Equal Opportunity

We ask about the housing costs of people who own homes in the community in combination with age, gender, race, Hispanic origin, disability status, and other data about the household residents, to help the government and communities enforce laws, such as the 1968 Fair Housing Act, designed to eliminate discrimination in housing.

History of housing costs for owners questions

Cost of utilities, taxes, and mortgage costs originated with the 1940 Census, insurance costs originated with the 1980 Census, while condominium and mobile homes fees originated with the 1990 Census. They transferred to the ACS in 2005 when it replaced the decennial census long form.

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