American Community Survey

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Why We Ask Questions About...
Ownership, Home Value, and Rent

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Questions as they appear on the form

We ask three questions about ownership status, monthly rent, and home value to better understand the housing market.

Results from these questions

We compile the results from these questions to provide communities with important statistics to measure housing affordability. You can see some of these published statistics here for the nation, states, and your community.

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Ownership, home value, and rent data help communities:

    National Association of Home Builders Uses ACS Data

The National Association of Home Builders uses statistical information from the American Community Survey (ACS) to understand more about communities. The ACS provides detailed data on housing, housing values, people's incomes and more.

History of ownership, home value, and rent questions

The ownership question originated with the 1890 Census, while home value and rent questions originated with the 1940 Census. They were added to the ACS in 2005 when it replaced the decennial census long form.


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