Housing Environment - Housing Unit Age

This indicator reports, for a given geographic area, the median year in which all housing units (vacant and occupied) were first constructed. The year the structure was built provides information on the age of housing units. These data help identify new housing construction and measures the disappearance of old housing from the inventory, when used in combination with data from previous years. This data also serves to aid in the development of formulas to determine substandard housing and provide assistance in forecasting future services, such as energy consumption and fire protection.
Report Area Total Housing Units Median Year Structures Built
Franklin County, PA 63,779 1975
Pennsylvania 5,578,393 1961
United States 132,741,032 1976
Note: This Indicator is compared with the state average.
Data Source: US Census Bureau, American Community Survey. 2010-14. Source geography: Tract

All Housing Units by Age (Time Period Constructed), Total
Report Area Before 1960 1960 - 1979 1980 - 1999 2000 - 2010 After 2010
Franklin County, PA 21,219 14,877 16,655 10,367 661
Pennsylvania 2,730,384 1,278,203 1,067,251 469,242 33,313
United States 39,159,200 35,604,808 36,858,340 19,803,260 1,315,426
All Housing Units by Age (Time Period Constructed), Percentage
Report Area Before 1960 1960 - 1979 1980 - 1999 2000 - 2010 After 2010
Franklin County, PA 33.27% 23.33% 26.11% 16.25% 1.04%
Pennsylvania 48.95% 22.91% 19.13% 8.41% 0.6%
United States 29.5% 26.82% 27.77% 14.82% 0.99%
Owner-Occupied Housing Units by Age, Total
Report Area Before 1960 1960 - 1979 1980 - 1999 2000 - 2010 After 2010
Franklin County, PA 12,198 10,396 12,028 7,267 431
Pennsylvania 1,611,536 760,306 725,626 326,182 22,580
United States 21,316,312 19,173,980 21,485,178 12,017,589 794,399
Owner-Occupied Housing Units by Age, Percentage
Report Area Before 1960 1960 - 1979 1980 - 1999 2000 - 2010 After 2010
Franklin County, PA 28.82% 24.57% 28.42% 17.17% 1.02%
Pennsylvania 46.76% 22.06% 21.06% 9.46% 0.66%
United States 28.5% 25.64% 28.73% 16.07% 1.06%
Renter-Occupied Housing Units by Age, Total
Report Area Before 1960 1960 - 1979 1980 - 1999 2000 - 2010 After 2010
Franklin County, PA 6,941 3,698 3,238 1,899 202
Pennsylvania 780,835 388,222 239,827 93,344 9,278
United States 12,699,918 12,060,585 10,917,600 5,273,658 471,871
Renter-Occupied Housing Units by Age, Percentage
Report Area Before 1960 1960 - 1979 1980 - 1999 2000 - 2010 After 2010
Franklin County, PA 43.44% 23.14% 20.27% 11.89% 1.26%
Pennsylvania 51.66% 25.68% 15.87% 6.18% 0.61%
United States 30.66% 29.12% 26.36% 12.37% 1.14%
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Housing Environment - Housing Unit Age

Data Background

The American Community Survey (ACS) is a nationwide, continuous survey designed to provide communities with reliable and timely demographic, housing, social, and economic data. The ACS samples nearly 3 million addresses each year, resulting in nearly 2 million final interviews. The ACS replaces the long-form decennial census; however, the number of household surveys reported annually for the ACS is significantly less than the number reported in the long-form decennial census. As a result, the ACS combines detailed population and housing data from multiple years to produce reliable estimates for small counties, neighborhoods, and other local areas. Negotiating between timeliness and accuracy, the ACS annually releases current, one-year estimates for geographic areas with large populations; three-year and five-year estimates are also released each year for additional areas based on minimum population thresholds.

Citation: U.S. Census Bureau: A Compass for Understanding and Using American Community Survey Data (2008).

For more information about this source, including data collection methodology and definitions, refer to the American Community Survey website.

Methodology

Median year structure built data are acquired from the U.S. Census Bureau’s American Community Survey. Data represent estimates for the 5 year period 2010-2014. Median year structure built divides the distribution into two equal parts: one-half of the cases falling below the median year structure built and one-half above the median. The median is rounded to the nearest calendar year.

This indicator cannot be re-summarized or re-calculated to aggregate county-level report areas, or to user-defined geographic boundaries.

For more information on the data reported in the American Community Survey, please see the complete American Community Survey 2014 Subject Definitions.

Notes

Race and Ethnicity
Statistics by race and ethnicity are not provided for this indicator from the data source. Detailed race/ethnicity data may be available at a broader geographic level, or from a local source.

Courtesy: Community Commons, <www.communitycommons.org>, August 2016