how does the Census count group houses?
January 27, 2014 11:02 AM Subscribe
I am curious how the Census counts group houses (i don't mean hospices or something similar) in major cities, especially as that can skew or affect income and other figures.
posted by waylaid to Society & Culture (11 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
In a number of high demand urban areas in the US (particularly ones that lack substantial multiunit apartment housing stock) such as San Francisco, Boston, and DC, it's pretty common to have, say, 4 or 5 young professionals in a house that might have originally housed a family of 4 or 5 or more.
This could mean even a wealthy upper-middle class neighborhood could have a household that earns substantially more than say, a dual-earner household making a combined, say, 130k. If the 5 group house residents made 50k each, then the household would be making a combined $250,000 - which might be very unusual for a typical family in the neighborhood.
Is this how these things are reported on the Census, though? Or are people typically reporting themselves as seperate households? I've never lived in a group housing situation when the Census is being taken, and I am curious how this is normally reflected.
Here's the Census definition: A household is officially defined as follows: A household includes all the persons who occupy a housing unit. A housing unit is a house, an apartment, a mobile home, a group of rooms, or a single room that is occupied (or if vacant, is intended for occupancy) as separate living quarters.