Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Regional Housing Stock: Owner Occupied Units and Housing Stock Age

It is the quintessential American Dream to own one's own home. Recent data from the American Community Survey shows about seven out of every ten occupied housing units are "owner occupied" for our region - in Herkimer County the figure is roughly 72% while in Oneida County it is 68%.

Home ownership is not an easy road for many people, given previous posts citing our local income and poverty levels. Fortunately even many of our poorest citizens have options on the path to owning their own homes, such as through the Herkimer County and Oneida County Habitat for Humanity groups. The premise of their efforts is to partnership with people in need of a home in order to assist them in building and renovating decent, affordable housing within each respective county. As their members like to say, they offer "a hand up, not a hand out." To learn more about what they do, and how families get selected to become partners, you may want to visit THIS PAGE from the Herkimer County Habitat for Humanity.

Below are tables for each municipality in Herkimer and Oneida Counties and data on their occupied housing units, including the age of the housing stock.
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In addition, the maps below also show the percent of owner occupied housing units by census block groups in each respective county.

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