Housing

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Source: U.S. Census Bureau

What does this measure?

The percentage of all occupied housing units (not vacant) that are owner-occupied (not rented).

Why is this important?

A home is often a family's greatest financial asset. Owning a home is a traditional part of the American dream and a typical entry point into the middle class. Homeownership is an important factor for neighborhood stability and civic participation.

How is our region performing?

In 2013-17, 68% of housing units in the region were owner-occupied, higher than the national figure of 64% and much higher than the state figure of 54%. Monroe had the lowest rate at 64%, with the highest in Wayne and Yates, each at 77%. The rate of homeownership in the City of Rochester was dramatically lower than every county, at 37% in 2013-17. Rates also were lower, though not to the same extent as in Rochester, in the cities of Geneva (49%), Batavia (50%) and Canandaigua (56%).

Rates were mostly flat for the region and individual counties from 2000 to 2008-12 and through 2013-17. Cities were the exceptions. From 2000 to 2008-12, Canandaugia saw an increase of 5 percentage points; from 2008-12 to 2013-17, Rochester and Batavia saw declines of 4 points and 6 points, respectively. From 2000 to 2013-17, the national homeownership rate declined slightly (2 points) and the state rate was essentially flat.

Notes about the data

Multi-year figures are from the Census Bureau's American Community Survey. The bureau combined five years of responses to the survey to provide estimates for smaller geographic areas and increase the precision of its estimates. The survey provides data on characteristics of the population that used to be collected only during the decennial census. Data for this indicator are expected to be released in the fourth quarter.

Homeownership Rate
20002008-122013-17
United States66%66%64%
NYS53%54%54%
NYS (excluding NYC)70%71%70%
Region69%69%68%
Monroe65%66%64%
Surrounding Counties75%76%74%
Genesee73%74%73%
Livingston75%75%73%
Ontario74%74%73%
Orleans76%78%75%
Seneca74%75%73%
Wayne78%77%77%
Wyoming77%75%76%
Yates77%78%77%
Rochester40%40%37%
Batavia55%56%50%
Canandaigua50%55%56%
Geneva54%50%49%

Source: U.S. Census Bureau
Notes: Multiyear results are from rolling American Community Survey. * Margin of error between 20% & 35% of estimate; ** margin of error between 35% & 50%; *** margin of error greater than 50%.




Number of Owner-occupied Housing Units
20002008-122013-17
United States69,816,51375,484,66175,833,135
NYS3,739,2473,940,6883,942,483
NYS (excluding NYC)2,827,1142,950,0792,917,151
Region314,231331,967328,707
Monroe186,458193,789191,781
Surrounding Counties127,773138,178136,926
Genesee16,60817,61617,369
Livingston16,50918,12517,888
Ontario28,23032,53732,389
Orleans11,60812,35912,166
Seneca9,31110,0469,912
Wayne27,09328,28728,109
Wyoming11,46011,79011,897
Yates6,9547,4187,196
Rochester35,77734,80731,473
Batavia3,5783,5983,019
Canandaigua2,3962,7262,699
Geneva2,7042,4722,337

Source: U.S. Census Bureau
Notes: Multiyear results are from rolling American Community Survey. * Margin of error between 20% & 35% of estimate; ** margin of error between 35% & 50%; *** margin of error greater than 50%.











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