The U.S. Census Bureau released its latest American Housing Survey this week, offering a snapshot of what homes are like around the United States. The report is based on data collected in 2011.
Owner-occupied units: 76,091,000, 57.5 percent of homes
Renter-occupied units: 38,816,000, 29.3 percent of homes
Vacant units: 13,379,000, 10.1 percent of homes
Seasonal units: 4,133,000, 3.1 percent of homes
Median year built: 1974
Median square footage: 1,800
Median year mortgages originated: 2006
Median home value: $160,000
Median purchase price: $110,000
Median current loan total as percentage of value: 71 percent
Homes with no mortgage, owned free and clear: 34.1 percent
Homes with a regular and/or home equity mortgage: 65.4 percent
Homes with a refinanced primary mortgage: 23.4 percent
Median mortgage payment per month: $1,015
Median property insurance per month: $58
Median real estate taxes per month: $151
Median routine maintenance per month: $33
Median electricity costs per month: $121
Median trash removal costs per month: $23
Energy sources: 35.3 percent primarily use electricity, 50.4 percent primarily use piped gas, 14.3 percent use another source
Homes with central air: 65.9 percent
Homes with a warm-air furnace: 64.1 percent
Homes with wheelchair-accessible ramps: 0.6 percent
Owner-occupied homes with children: 31 percent
Owner-occupied homes with rooms used for business: 32 percent
Owner-occupied homes with a garage or carport: 79 percent
Owner-occupied homes with three or more vehicles: 27 percent
Owner-occupied homes with a usable fireplace: 46 percent
Owner-occupied homes with four or more bedrooms: 29 percent
Owner-occupied homes with two or more complete bathrooms: 65 percent
Owner-occupied homes with an Energy Star refrigerator: 42 percent
Owner-occupied homes with a porch, deck, balcony or patio: 92 percent
Take a look at how home prices have changed in 20 large cities around the country.
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