The Georgetown Household

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.



Filed under Demographics

5 responses to “The Georgetown Household

  1. David J

    household – should be fixed to housing unit.

  2. I wonder how many of those sub-$1500 rents are basement apartments.

  3. RNM

    Would the student turnover account for a good deal of the turnover in houses?

    Additionally, not exactly surprised to see the number of no car households go up, given the number of students that are no longer bringing a car to school. Again, the economy has certainly had some impact there and last I heard the going rate was $1,500 a head for students in rental properties. If I was a parent paying $1,500 a month for my kid to live in a crowded house, I am less likely to want to pay for them to have a car up there and given the student reciprocity parking sticker has been gone for a long time the only realistic way to have a car (if one has the money) is to become a DC resident or have parking with the property. Both economy and increased difficulty in parking for students also helps explain a reduction of the multi car households.

    Proud to buck the tide we went from a one car household for 17 years up to a two car household.

  4. Topher

    “Would the student turnover account for a good deal of the turnover in houses?”

    Maybe, but for what it’s worth, the East side had the same percentage of recent turnover as the West side, and it has far, far fewer student rentals.

    And on the car question, the East side has much higher percentage of no-car households (29%) than the West side (17.2%). Again, considering how many more students there are on the West side, it doesn’t appear that they are the primary contributor of no car households. Remember, there are only 1,000 or so GU students living off campus. Let’s just say half live in Burleith and that the average off-campus house has, let’s say, three students to a house. That would mean there are only 160 off campus student houses. That’s only about 3% of all Georgetown houses.

    Regardless of what you’re measuring, there’s only so much 3% can shift the numbers.

  5. Dizzy

    You mean students aren’t threatening to turn all of Georgetown into a student ghetto?! I’m shocked!

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