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Idaho: Housing types

These data come from the U.S. Census Bureau's American Community Survey. They are based on averages of data collected in 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, and 2015. These estimates cannot be used to say what is going on in any particular year in the period, only what the average value is over the full period. The Census Bureau's American Factfinder provides 3-year estimates for counties with at 20,000 people, and 1-year estimates for counties with at least 65,000 people. We use 5-year estimates because they are available for all counties and allow comparison to other counties within the region.

Housing types include single family homes, structures with two housing units (like duplexes), multiple units per structure (three or more units, such as apartment buildings), mobile homes and other housing types.

According to the Census Bureau, mobile homes include both occupied and vacant mobile homes to which no permanent rooms have been added, but do not include those used only for business purposes or for extra sleeping space, or those for sale on a dealer's lot, at the factory, or in storage.  The other housing types category includes any living quarters occupied as a housing unit that does not fit the other categories.  Examples include boats, RVs, vans, houseboats, railroad cars, etc.

Of the 680,302 housing units in Idaho in 2011-2015 . . .

  • 518,358 were single family units, an increase of 1 percent from 2010 when there were 490,987;

  • 101,820 were in 2 or more unit structures, while 60,124 were in mobile homes and all other types of structures.

 

To get the most out of this indicator . . .

 

Ask questions:

 

·         Is the local housing stock predominantly single-family homes?

·         Is there a high percentage of multi-unit housing units compared to the state average?

 

Look at other indicators:

 

·         “Housing: Total housing units” – How quickly is the local housing stock growing? 

 

Dig deeper:

 

·         Look at the county rankings for your state and/or view maps to see how your county compares to others.

·         The U.S. Census Bureau provides monthly data on the number of building permits issued for privately-owned residential housing units.  These data should give you an idea of how the housing stock has changed since 2000.  See http://censtats.census.gov/bldg/bldgprmt.shtml.

·         Take a Big Picture view of your county.

·         If you have specific questions, send us an e-mail.



Note: Single family units can be broken down into attached and detached single family units. Multiple units in structure can be broken down by size: 3-4 units in structure, 5-9 units in structure, 10-19 units in structure, 20-49 units in structure, and 50 or more units in structure. To get this more detailed data, visit the Census Bureau's American Factfinder website: (http://factfinder2.census.gov) These ACS data are estimates based on a five-year average, meaning that data gathered from 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, and 2015 are averaged together to come up with the results shown here. There is no problem with comparing these data to census data from 2000. For a technical discussion of the "margins of error" associated with ACS estimates, please see: (http://www.census.gov/acs/www/Downloads/data_documentation/Accuracy/MultiyearACSAccuracyofData2010.pdf) (http://www.census.gov/acs/www/Downloads/handbooks/ACSGeneralHandbook.pdf)

Source: 1990 and 2000: U.S. Bureau of the Census, Census of Population and Housing, (http://factfinder2.census.gov);
2010-2015: U.S. Bureau of the Census, American Community Survey, American Factfinder, (http://factfinder2.census.gov); DATE LAST UPDATED: December 8, 2016.



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