The Georgetown Household

The Georgetown Household

GM was looking for something to write about last night, and he realized that when he was going through the most recent American Community Survey results from the Census last January, he forgot to focus on Georgetown household stats. So let’s remedy that!

There are 4,827 households in Georgetown (this excludes GU). Of those, 4,147 are occupied and 680 are vacant. They contain 10,315 people, so the average household holds 2.49 residents.

Over 65% of the housing structures were built before 1939. Unfortunately that’s the earliest category for this data, so it doesn’t say how many homes are 18th or 19th century structures. The next largest percentage of housing age is for the 1980s, when 11% of Georgetown housing structures were built.

The ratio of owner-occupied to renter-occupied units if 55% to 45%. Surprisingly, west Georgetown has a much lower renter rate than east Georgetown, with 39% to 50%.

Twenty-three percent of households have no car. And 50% have just one car. Twenty-one percent have two cars and 5% have three or more.

Finally, Georgetowners pay a wide range in rent. Apparently 1% pays between $500 and $750 and another 1% pays between $750 and $1,000. Twenty-three percent pay between $1,000 and $1,500. And 75% pays over $1,500 (a good deal of them probably pay a lot more than that, but that’s the top category for this).



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4 responses to “The Georgetown Household

  1. 680 are vacant? That seems to be an absurdly high number.

  2. BID Josh

    Were you using tracts 1 and 2.02?

    Also, you might find the breakdown of building ages as provided in the historic register interesting. Of course, the register includes commercial buildings, etc….but you get a general idea. Though we normally associate Georgetown with the 18th and early 19th centuries, 88% of Georgetown’s buildings are post 1870. Here’s the whole breakdown:

    1751-1829: 135
    1830-1869: 175
    1870-1899: 985
    1900-1950: 876
    1951+: 862

  3. Topher


    Yeah that’s correct. See


    Yes, I used 1 and 2.02.

    I wonder, however, about those building dates. My understanding is that if the city doesn’t know when exactly before 1900 that a building was built, it lists it as being built in 1900.

    That said, I agree that any perception that Georgetown is mostly 18th century or “federal” is way off base. It’s mostly Victorian:

  4. Kate Whitmore

    Yes, mostly victorian since there was a huge building boom after the Civil War. And yes, also, that 1900 is used as a default date for many buildings clearly a lot older. There may even be documentation but frequently it does not find its way from Historic Preservation to the Real Property folks. I’m looking right now at info on one of the oldest houses on O Street and it shows up as being built in 1900.

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