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Housing In America

October 25, 1999

Two-thirds of housing units in the U.S. are owner-occupied, according to a massive report being issued today by the Census Bureau and the Department of Housing and Urban Development. "American Housing Survey for the United States: 1997," also finds that -- on a scale of 1 to 10 -- 69 percent of Americans rated their homes 8 or better and 67 percent gave that endorsement to their neighborhood.

  • There are 99.5 million occupied housing units in the U.S. -- with owners living in 66.5 million and renters in the rest.
  • The housing stock includes 62.1 million single, detached homes and 6.5 million mobile homes -- with the remainder being attached homes or apartments.
  • Some 77 million homes are in metropolitan areas and 22 million in rural locations.
  • The median home size is 5.4 rooms -- with homes being biggest in the Midwest and smallest in the West.

Warm-air furnaces are the most common form of heating -- followed, in order, by steam or hot water, then electric heat pumps.

Piped gas is the most common heating fuel -- followed by electricity, fuel oil and bottled gas.

Source: Associated Press, "Americans Love Where They Call Home," Washington Times, October 25, 1999.


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