Census offers snapshot of nation’s housing picture

Ever wonder what the median size of a single-family home or mobile home unit is in the U.S.? How about the average cost of a kitchen remodel or how many bedrooms are the norm?

You’ll find those answers and more in the American Housing Survey from the U.S. Census Bureau and U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). The searchable survey covers everything from housing features and amenities to safety features and household socio-economic characteristics.

Learn more about the survey in a census news release and search the survey.

Here are a few highlights from the survey:

  • Most homes (64 percent) have three or more bedrooms and more than half (52 percent) have two or more bathrooms.
  • Of homeowners who made a home improvement in the last two years, 35 percent replaced or added an appliance or other major equipment; 19 percent replaced or added plumbing fixtures; and 17 percent replaced or added a heating or air-conditioning system.
  • The cost of an average kitchen remodel was $5,000 while the average bathroom remodel was $2,432. Renovations or additions ran higher.(Source: U.S. Census Bureau and HUD)
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About Stephanie Sievers

Stephanie Sievers is Senior Editor for the Illinois Association of REALTORS®. She serves as Senior Editor for IAR publications including the Illinois REALTOR® magazine and all other IAR publications. She is responsible for developing content for the Illinois REALTOR® Weekly Connection e-newsletter, coordinates the IAR Twitter account content at ILREALTOR and plans and develops content for videos. She assists in developing and writing content for the IAR blog. She also is involved in researching and drafting news releases and coordinates the news media distribution database and newsclips reports for the Association. She also assists in IAR spokesperson training seminars and is involved in development of association briefing materials on issues. She assists with the housing statistics program and reports.