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Data and Statistics

HUD: Chronic homelessness down, family homelessness up

The U.S. Department of Housing & Urban Development (HUD) this week released its "2010 Annual Homeless Assessment Report to Congress."

New Census data for Vermont

The U.S. Census Bureau has released its 2010 demographic profile for Vermont.

The profile includes data on age and sex distributions, race, household relationship and type, group quarters population, housing occupancy (including vacancy status) and tenure (whether the housing occupant owns or rents).

Report: Vermont rents rank among country's highest

A Vermont household renting outside of the Burlington metropolitan area needs to earn at least $16.91 to afford a modest two-bedroom apartment, according to the latest "Out of Reach" report released by the National Low-Income Housing Coalition.

Compared to the combined non-metropolitan areas of other states, this ranks Vermont 8th highest in the U.S. Vermont’s combined non-metropolitan area consists of all counties in the state except Chittenden, Franklin and Grand Isle.

Vermont homeownership rates hold steady despite national decline

Homeownership rates in the United States, especially among younger households, have been declining since their peak in 2004, according to recent analysis by the National Home Builder's Association.

VHFA wondered whether Vermont was experiencing the same decline.

We weren't able to look at homeownership rates by age, but instead charted Vermont's overall homeownership rate compared to the national. Interestingly, the U.S. Census Bureau surveys show no statistically significant decline in Vermont.

NPR sets home prices to music

National Public Radio's "All Things Considered" aired a story yesterday in which they set the Case-Shiller home price index to music. Enjoy.

Report: Homelessness calls to Vermont 2-1-1 up 30%

Vermont 2-1-1's analysis of calls to the helpline in 2010, shows calls related to homelessness were up 30 percent over the previous year.

Some other findings from the organization's recent report:

Housing data site updated

We've just completed our latest update to the "Vermont housing data profiles" section of Vermont Housing Data. We've added or updated:

Report's housing affordability claim debatable

The Vermont Economy Newsletter released its annual housing affordability analysis yesterday.

Art Woolf, the report's author, states

Vermont's housing affordability improved in 2010 for the fourth consecutive year, making last year the 5th most affordable year in the 24 years he's published the report.

HUD publishes Burlington area housing market profile

The U.S. Department of Housing & Urban Development (HUD) has published its Housing Market Profile for Q4 2010 for the Burlington/South Burlington area.

Some highlights:

Housing, population data bare closer examination

Today's story on the front of the Burlington Free Press, "Census sense: Housing, population data in Chittenden County crisscross," tells us what a lot of people working with housing data already knew: Numbers can be difficult to interpret.

Writer Joel Banner Baird ponders housing numbers that seem to be growing faster than population.

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