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Housing Vacancies and Homeownership

The Housing Vacancies and Homeownership provides current information on the rental and homeowner vacancy rates, and characteristics of units available for occupancy. These data are used extensively by public and private sector organizations to evaluate the need for new housing programs and initiatives. In addition, the rental vacancy rate is a component of the index of leading economic indicators and is thereby used by the Federal Government and economic forecasters to gauge the current economic climate.


Is it Over Yet? Assessing the Effects of the COVID-19 Pandemic on the Housing Vacancy Survey Estimates for 2020 and 2021 [PDF]

Data users should exercise caution when interpreting HVS data collected during the COVID-19 pandemic. For more information, please see the current Source and Accuracy documentation.

The Census Bureau’s application programming interface lets developers create custom apps to reach new users and makes key demographic, socio-economic and housing statistics more accessible than ever before.

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