Tag Archive for ‘american community survey’

The Geographic Distribution of Households with Nonrelatives

A component of pent-up housing demand is the situation of collapsed households — individuals who reside with another household. From a data perspective, we can identify some of these households by estimating the number of housing units that contain individuals who are not related to each other. This is just a part of pent-up demand of course, as it excludes adult children who live with… Read More ›

Immigrants Can Have Substantial Impact on Housing Demand

A new research paper from NAHB Economics investigates how immigrants affect US housing demand.  The study analyzes recent data from the American Community Survey (ACS) that has detailed information on the country of origin, age, family status and housing choices of newly arrived immigrants. The data show that new immigrants are a young and diverse group of people. More than… Read More ›

55+ Households are Nearly Everywhere

NAHB analysis of data from the Census Bureau’s American Community Survey shows that, despite popular belief, the geographic distribution of households headed by someone age 55 or older is fairly even across most of the country.  In every state, these 55+ households account for over 30 percent of all households. On a national level, 43.9 million households are headed by someone… Read More ›

Construction Self Employment Rates are on the Rise

Construction is known for employing a relatively high share of self employed workers. In fact, according to the 2010 American Community Survey (ACS), the construction sector registers the second highest share of self-employed among all industries, more than 26 percent of the employed labor force, i.e. more than one in four construction workers are self employed.  Only agriculture has a… Read More ›

Montana’s At-Large Congressional District Has More Residential Construction Workers Than Any Other District

A new research paper from NAHB Economics presents the 2010 estimates of residential construction employment by state and Congressional district. Despite significant employment losses that took place in home building during the housing downturn the industry continues to employ a substantial number of workers in most parts of the country. NAHB estimates show that, nationally, close to 3.4 million people… Read More ›

Affordability Pyramid Shows Most Americans Only Qualify for Lower-Priced Homes

The Census Bureau’s American Community Survey (ACS) provides detailed data on the income distribution of US households. The NAHB Priced Out Model translates the income data into the distribution of homes that US households can afford and allows generating the Housing Affordability Pyramid. The pyramid shows how many households in the United States can afford homes in various price ranges. At the… Read More ›

Tightest Housing Markets in the U.S.

A simple measure of tightness in a market for owner-occupied housing is the homeowner vacancy rate (number of homes for sale divided by the number either for sale or owner-occupied). Builders are often interested in markets that are tight by this measure, because it indicates prospective buyers will have difficulty finding a suitable home among the available existing units.  Several federal government… Read More ›

House Prices: the “Priced Out” Effect

NAHB Economics regularly receives requests to evaluate the effects of pending new regulations on housing affordability in local markets where regulatory actions are expected to raise home prices.  The NAHB Priced Out Model provides straightforward answers on the issue. The model estimates how many households can qualify for a new home mortgage before and after a house price increase. The… Read More ›