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Number of U.S. housing units 1975-2019

The graph illustrates the total number of housing units in the United States from 1975 to 2019. In 2019, there were approximately 139.64 million housing units in the United States.

U.S. housing market – additional information

Growth in the number of housing units has been leveling off over time as has the number of households. However the most significant change which has occurred pertains to the type of housing occupancy, either owner occupied or renter occupied. While the number of owner occupied housing units has declined, the number of renter occupied housing units has seen a comparatively large increase. The market seems to be shifting.

Younger generations seem to prefer to rent instead of buy and their financial circumstances and life plans do not seem to match up with the requirements for home ownership. It seems to be taking them longer to settle down, they tend to like moving around and some have large student loan debt which makes them hesitant to dig themselves any deeper into debt.

Number of housing units in the United States from 1975 to 2019

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Release date

April 2020


United States

Survey time period

1975 to 2019

Supplementary notes

Values estimated in accordance with the Census Bureau methodology.
Figures have been rounded.

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