Housing Environment - Overcrowded Housing

This indicator reports data on overcrowded housing from the latest 5-year American Community Survey. The Census Bureau has no official definition of crowded units, but this report considers units with more than one occupant per room to be crowded.
Report Area Total Occupied Housing Units Overcrowded Housing Units Percentage of Housing Units Overcrowded
Franklin County, PA 55,520 875 1.58%
Pennsylvania 4,208,287 66,050 1.57%
United States 90,647,126 3,889,851 4.29%
Note: This Indicator is compared with the state average. Green - Better than state average, Red - Worse than state average.
Data Source: US Census Bureau, American Community Survey. 2011-15. Source geography: Tract

Households by Occupancy (Persons per Room), Total
Report Area Less Than 0.51 0.51 - 1.00 1.01 - 1.50 1.51 - 2.00 Over 2.00
Franklin County, PA 46,068 11,348 692 159 31
Pennsylvania 3,866,884 1,027,552 44,012 14,796 4,492
United States 82,226,320 30,132,068 2,700,932 843,390 308,388
Households by Occupancy (Persons per Room), Percentage of Total Occupied Households
Report Area Less Than 0.51 0.51 - 1.00 1.01 - 1.50 1.51 - 2.00 Over 2.00
Franklin County, PA 79.02% 19.47% 1.19% 0.27% 0.05%
Pennsylvania 78% 20.73% 0.89% 0.3% 0.09%
United States 70.76% 25.93% 2.32% 0.73% 0.27%
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Housing Environment - Overcrowded Housing

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

Data on occupants per room are acquired from the U.S. Census Bureau’s American Community Survey. Data represent estimates for the 5 year period 2011-2015. Mapped data are summarized to 2010 census tract boundaries. Occupants per room is obtained by dividing the number of people in each occupied housing unit by the number of rooms in the unit. The figures show the number of occupied housing units having the specified ratio of people per room. The Census Bureau has no official definition of crowded units, but this report considers units with more than one occupant per room to be crowded. Occupants per room is rounded to the nearest hundredth.

For more information on the data reported in the American Community Survey, please see the complete American Community Survey 2015 Subject Definitions.

Notes

Race and Ethnicity
Statistics by race and ethnicity are not provided for this indicator.

Courtesy: Community Commons, <www.communitycommons.org>, December 2017