A Survey of Housing in the United States

The American Housing Survey 2013 is the latest biennial report from the Census Bureau. It “…provides current national-level information on a wide range of housing subjects. Topics unique to this survey include characteristics and physical condition of the nation’s housing units, indicators of housing and neighborhood quality, and home improvement activities. Specific examples include the presence of appliances, respondents’ rating of their homes on a scale of 1 to 10, and the average cost of kitchen and bathroom remodeling.

Topics new to the American Housing Survey this year are disaster planning and emergency preparedness, public transportation, household involvement in neighborhood and community activities, and the prevalence of “doubled-up” households, such as those with an adult child living at home. Specific examples include having an adequate food or water supply in case of emergency, key amenities accessible via public transportation and neighbors willing to help one another.” (press release)

The data presented are NOT found in the decennial census and offer a great deal of information into both the housing stock in this country and its neighborhoods. It also gives us a peak into living arrangements that were brought about by the Great Recession.

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