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Historical Census of Housing Tables: Homeownership by Race and Hispanic Origin

Homeownership by Race and Hispanic Origin

Census 2000 allowed respondents to choose more than one race. With the exception of the Two or more races group, all race groups refer to people who indicated only one racial identity among the six major categories: White, Black, American Indian and Alaska Native, Asian, Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander, and Some other race.

In Census 2000, homeownership among White householders was 71 percent, higher than the national rate of 66 percent. In contrast, householders who were Black (46 percent) and those who were Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander (45 percent) had homeownership rates less than the national rate (see graph). Hispanic householders (of any race) also had a 46 percent homeownership rate, compared with 72 percent for non-Hispanic White. Those householders with rates higher than 50 percent but less than the national rate were American Indians and Alaska Natives (56 percent) and Asians (53 percent). Homeownership rates among other race groups were: Some other race (41 percent) and Two or more races (46 percent).

Among the states, South Carolina and Mississippi recorded the highest Black homeownership rate in 2000, both at 61 percent. Most of the states in the South show Black homeownership rates above 50 percent. The highest homeownership rate among American Indian and Alaska Native households was recorded in Alabama (71 percent), followed closely by North Carolina (70 percent). New Mexico had the highest homeownership rate among Hispanics (69 percent). And, Delaware, Michigan, and Mississippi recorded the highest rate among non-Hispanic Whites (all at 79 percent).

Note 1: Because Hispanics may be of any race, data for Hispanics overlap with data for racial groups.

Note 2: The race classifications used in 2000 are not directly comparable to previous classifications; therefore no previous data are presented.

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