Houston homes vs. rest of the nationHouston homes vs. rest of the nationhttps://www.recenter.tamu.edu/news/newstalk-texas/?Item=5852015-06-26T14:41:00Z2015-06-26T00:00:00Z

HOUSTON - The average local home is newer and larger than the national average, according to a new federal survey released recently.

Every two years, the U.S. Census Bureau and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development conducts a housing survey, which looks at the housing stock in 25 major metropolitan areas across the nation.

The Houston area has 1.3 million owner-occupied homes and condominiums in 2013, the most recent data available. This constitutes 55.6 percent of the total housing inventory in the region.

By the numbers:

  • 823,400 rental homes and apartments units in Houston, representing a third of the region’s housing stock
  • 8.9 percent remaining homes are vacant and 1.1 percent are vacation homes
  • 1984 median year of homes and apartments, compared to 1975 nationally
  • 2,000 sf median size of homes and condominiums, compared to 1,800 sf national average
  • 920 sf average size of a rental home or apartment in Bayou City, compared to 974 sf national average
  • Over 90 percent of homes and rental properties with central air conditioning, compared to 67 percent nationally
  • One in five homes and apartments with unsafe drinking water, compared to less than one in ten nationally

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