This week, GM is going through the recently released 2010 American Community Survey data from the Census. Today he’s exploring the Georgetown household.
A household, in Census parlance, is a single living unit. It can be a studio apartment all the way up to Evermay. And the ACS uses survey data to generate stats on what the average household in Georgetown looked like over the past five years. Here are the interesting bits:
There are 4,881 households in Georgetown. Of those, 89% are occupied, and 11% are vacant.
Of all the households, 6.74% are single family detached homes. A full 49% are single family attached homes (i.e. a rowhouse). Four percent are part of a structure with two units, and 3% are part of a structure with three to four units. Thirty percent of households are part of apartment buildings with 20 or more units.
It’s not a surprise that 63% of Georgetown households were built before 1939 (in fact the only surprise is that it’s not higher). A few percentage of Georgetown homes were built in each decade since then, with the exception of the 1980s, when 11% of Georgetown homes were built.
The majority of occupied Georgetown homes (56%) are owner occupied. Surprisingly, the West Village has a much higher owner-occupied level at 63%. The East Village has an owner-occupied level of 51%.
This next one is tricky: From the perspective of the household, a full 46% of homes have been moved into since 2005. That’s not saying that 46% of people have moved here since 2005, just that 46% of homes have had some form of turnover since 2005. That number jumps to 68% when you look backwards to 2000. Six percent of homes have been occupied by the same occupant since at least 1979. Four percent have been occupied by the same occupant since at least 1970.
Consistent with GM’s findings that fewer and fewer Georgetowners are driving to work, the number of households with no car inched up from the previous year from 22% to 25%. One car households stayed steady at 50%, while multi-car households fell to 24% from 28%.
As for rent, the median rent paid in Georgetown is $1,485 for the East Village and over $2,000 for the West Village. A total of 36% of rental units go for less than $1,500 a month. That might be the most surprising number in this group for GM.