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April 28, 2020

Since the first quarter 2003, the Current Population Survey/Housing Vacancy Survey (CPS/HVS) housing inventory estimates have been controlled to independent housing unit estimates based upon Census 2000 (2000-2009 data) and Census 2010 (2010-present data) and updated with building permit data, estimates of housing loss, and other administrative records data. In the second quarter 2019, the CPS/HVS revised the entire series of housing inventory estimates back to the first quarter 2010, based on the latest series of independent housing controls, the Vintage 2018 time series. Housing inventory estimates from the second quarter 2000 through the fourth quarter 2009 are revised based on the Vintage 2010 time series. Housing inventory estimates, prior to the second quarter 2000, have not been revised. The revised CPS/HVS housing inventory data series are based on the independently produced Vintage 2018 housing unit estimates that are projected forward through the first quarter 2019. The same general procedure will be followed each year in revising housing inventory estimates with the most up-to-date independent housing estimates available.

Note: This time series is by the latest "vintage" year. For example, Vintage 2018 means that all of the estimates in this time series are identified as belonging to "Vintage 2018." The 2010 data are from the 2018 vintage, the 2011 data are from the 2018 vintage, and so on.

Methodology on how the housing controls are computed can be found at: https://www.census.gov/programs-surveys/popest.html

See the Source and Accuracy Statement for more information on the CPS/HVS vacancy and homeownership rates and estimates: https://www.census.gov/housing/hvs/

NA Not applicable

(z) Less than .05 percent

The Y-axis for the line charts may be truncated to prevent flattening of the lines or to present the complete range of data.

Source: Current Population Survey/Housing Vacancy Survey, Series H-111, Bureau of the Census, Washington DC 20233 (Definitions)
Rate: United States — Not Seasonally Adjusted Rental Vacancy Rate [Percent]
Year 1st Quarter 2nd Quarter 3rd Quarter 4th Quarter
1956 6.2 5.9 6.3 5.8
1957 5.3 5.3 5.7 5.8
1958 6.3 6.5 6.3 6.6
1959 6.8 7.3 7.2 7.0
1960 8.0 8.0 8.3 8.4
1961 8.9 8.8 8.6 8.5
1962 8.5 8.1 8.0 8.1
1963 8.0 8.2 8.3 8.3
1964 8.1 8.1 8.4 8.3
1965 8.5 8.2 7.8 8.5
1966 8.3 7.4 7.4 7.7
1967 7.3 6.9 7.0 6.2
1968 6.1 6.2 5.9 5.4
1969 5.6 5.7 5.5 5.1
1970 5.4 5.4 5.3 5.2
1971 5.3 5.3 5.6 5.6
1972 5.3 5.5 5.8 5.6
1973 5.7 5.8 5.8 5.8
1974 6.2 6.3 6.2 6.0
1975 6.1 6.3 6.2 5.4
1976 5.5 5.8 5.7 5.3
1977 5.1 5.3 5.4 5.1
1978 5.0 5.1 5.0 5.0
1979 5.1 5.5 5.7 5.4
1980 5.2 5.6 5.7 5.0
1981 5.2 5.0 5.0 5.0
1982 5.3 5.1 5.3 5.5
1983 5.7 5.5 5.8 5.5
1984 5.6 5.5 6.0 6.3
1985 6.3 6.2 6.8 6.7
1986 6.9 7.3 7.5 7.7
1987 7.4 7.5 8.1 7.8
1988 8.0 7.7 7.8 7.3
1989 7.5 7.4 7.6 7.1
1990 7.5 7.0 7.2 7.2
1991 7.5 7.3 7.6 7.3
1992 7.4 7.7 7.3 7.1
1993 7.8 7.6 7.0 6.9
1994 7.5 7.4 7.2 7.4
1995 7.4 7.7 7.7 7.7
1996 7.9 7.8 8.0 7.7
1997 7.5 7.9 7.9 7.7
1998 7.7 8.0 8.2 7.8
1999 8.2 8.1 8.2 7.9
2000 7.9 8.0 8.2 7.8
2001 8.2 8.3 8.4 8.8
2002 9.1 8.4 9.0 9.3
2003 9.4 9.6 9.9 10.2
2004 10.4 10.2 10.1 10.0
2005 10.1 9.8 9.9 9.6
2006 9.5 9.6 9.9 9.8
2007 10.1 9.5 9.8 9.6
2008 10.1 10.0 9.9 10.1
2009 10.1 10.6 11.1 10.7
2010 10.6 10.6 10.3 9.4
2011 9.7 9.2 9.8 9.4
2012 8.8 8.6 8.6 8.7
2013 8.6 8.2 8.3 8.2
2014 8.3 7.5 7.4 7.0
2015 7.1 6.8 7.3 7.0
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