When I was in graduate school in the mid-1970s, one of my professors said there were about 60 million households in the United States. I became curious about how much we’ve grown since then and found the data below.
You can find this information and more at American Fact Finder, a service run by the U.S. Census Bureau. If you have time, play around with finding data. There’s lots of interesting information right at your fingertips.
The data set below is from 2011; it’s the most current available.
Occupied Housing Units
|Average household size, owner-occupied||2.71|
|Average household size, renter-occupied||2.52|
Units in Structure
|1-unit, detached or attached||68.9%|
|2 to 4 units||7.9%|
|5 or more units||17.2%|
|Mobile home, boat, RV, van, etc.||6.0%|
|2000 or later||15.6%|
|1990 to 1999||14.0%|
|1980 to 1989||13.7%|
|1960 to 1979||27.0%|
|1940 to 1959||16.6%|
|1939 or earlier||13.1%|
|One or more||90.7%|
Heating Fuel Type
|All other fuels||8.9%|
|No fuel used||0.9%|