U.S. Homeownership Rate At Lowest Level Since 1970

WRE News

The U.S. homeownership rate has cratered to its lowest depth since 1970, according to the U.S. Census Bureau.

The newly published 2020 Census data determined that 63.1% of the nation’s 126.8 million occupied housing units – or 80.1 million – were owner-occupied. This marked a 2% decline from the 2010 Census when the homeownership rate was 65.1%. On the rental housing side, 46.8 million units or 36.9% of the occupied housing units had rents as residents, a 14.8% increase from the 40.7 million recorded in the 2010 Census.

Only five states experienced an increase in their homeownership rate between 2010 and 2020: Hawaii (1.2%), (0.8%), Idaho (0.5%), South Carolina (0.4%) and Wyoming (0.1%). West Virginia and Maine had the highest homeownership rates in 2020 at 72.6% and 71.1%, respectively, while the District of Columbia had the nation’s lowest homeownership rate at 38.3%.

When measuring by racial demographics, Whites had the highest homeownership rate at 70.5%, followed by Asians (58.5%) and multiracial households (54.2%). During 2020, Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander householders had the lowest homeownership rate among racial demographics at 39.6%.

During 2020, the homeowner vacancy rate — the proportion of the homeowner housing inventory that is vacant for sale — was 1.5%, down from the 2.4% rate in 2010. All but three states experienced a decline in their homeowner vacancy rates. In comparison, the national rental vacancy rate was 7.4%, down from 9.2% in 2010.