We ask questions about when a housing unit was built and when a person moved into that home to create statistics about housing age and availability.
Local, state, tribal, and federal agencies use these data in government programs to analyze whether adequate housing is available and affordable for residents, provide and fund housing assistance programs, and measure neighborhood stability.
We use your confidential survey answers to create statistics like those in the results below and in the full tables that contain all the data—no one is able to figure out your survey answers from the statistics we produce. The Census Bureau is legally bound to strict confidentiality requirements. Individual records are not shared with anyone, including federal agencies and law enforcement entities. By law, the Census Bureau cannot share respondents' answers with anyone—not the IRS, not the FBI, not the CIA, and not with any other government agency.
We ask two questions about when a housing unit was built, and when a person moved into that home to produce statistics about housing availability.
We compile the results from these questions to provide communities with important statistics about housing availability. You can see some of these published statistics here for the nation, states, and your community.
We ask about the age of housing in a community to understand whether available housing meets the needs of residents. When housing is not sufficient or older than a certain age, housing data help communities:
Information about the ages of homes in combination with whether they are occupied or vacant, helps communities identify opportunities to:
Knowing more about the age of the housing stock in combination with the financial situation of residents, including income, employment, and housing costs, can help communities:
Year built originated with the 1940 Census, while year moved in originated with the 1960 Census. They were transferred to the ACS in 2005 when it replaced the decennial census long form.