Housing

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Source: U.S. Census Bureau

What does this measure?

The percentage of residential housing units that are unoccupied or vacant.

Why is this important?

A high rate of vacancies can indicate that an area is blighted or in decline, but it can also indicate a high number of vacation or seasonal homes, or an area with a lot of new construction where new owners have not yet moved in.

How is our region performing?

In 2014-18, 10% of residential housing units in the region were vacant, or about 54,700 units. This was less than the state and nation (both at 12%). The region's vacancy rate increased 2 percentage points from 2000 to 2014-18, a bit less than the state (up 4 points) and the nation (up 3 points). Monroe and Genesee counties had the lowest vacancy rate, both at 8%, while Yates had the highest rate (35%). As noted above, the high rate in Yates may reflect seasonal vacancies. In the City of Rochester, 14% of housing units were vacant, up 3 percentage points from 2000 but down 1 point from 2009-13. Since 2000, there were modest increases in the vacancy rates for most of the counties. Yates had an increase of 9 points over the same period.

Notes about the data

The multi-year figures are from the Census Bureau's American Community Survey. The bureau combined five years of responses to the survey to provide estimates for smaller geographic areas and increase the precision of its estimates. However, because the information came from a survey, the samples responding to the survey were not always large enough to produce reliable results, especially in small geographic areas. CGR has noted on data tables the estimates with relatively large margins of error. Estimates with three asterisks have the largest margins, plus or minus 50% or more of the estimate. Two asterisks mean plus or minus 35%-50%, and one asterisk means plus or minus 20%-35%. For all estimates, the confidence level is 90%, meaning there is 90% probability the true value (if the whole population were surveyed) would be within the margin of error (or confidence interval). The survey provides data on characteristics of the population that used to be collected only during the decennial census. Data for this indicator are expected to be released in the fourth quarter.

Vacant Housing Units
20002009-132014-18
United States9%12%12%
NYS8%11%12%
NYS (excluding NYC)10%12%14%
Region8%9%10%
Monroe6%7%8%
Surrounding Counties11%12%13%
Genesee6%6%8%
Livingston8%11%11%
Ontario10%9%12%
Orleans11%14%12%
Seneca15%16%17%
Wayne10%11%12%
Wyoming12%13%13%
Yates25%29%35%
Rochester11%13%14%
Batavia7%8%*11%*
Canandaigua6%8%*9%*
Geneva10%8%**10%*

Source: U.S. Census Bureau
Notes: Multiyear results are from rolling American Community Survey. * Margin of error between 20% & 35% of estimate; ** margin of error between 35% & 50%; *** margin of error greater than 50%.




Number of Vacancies
20002009-132014-18
United States10,424,54016,447,58816,654,164
NYS622,447878,527970,550
NYS (excluding NYC)443,123568,312652,299
Region38,52248,54254,682
Monroe17,87623,49126,124
Surrounding Counties20,64625,05128,558
Genesee1,4201,5862,069
Livingston1,8733,0103,072
Ontario4,2774,5316,126
Orleans1,9842,6342,237
Seneca2,1642,6072,814
Wayne3,8594,5655,133
Wyoming2,0342,2752,341
Yates3,0353,8434,766
Rochester10,81712,66613,453
Batavia467565*779*
Canandaigua304453*461*
Geneva564390**517*

Source: U.S. Census Bureau
Notes: Multiyear results are from rolling American Community Survey. * Margin of error between 20% & 35% of estimate; ** margin of error between 35% & 50%; *** margin of error greater than 50%.











Worse than NYS by 10% or more
Up to 10% worse than NYS
Equal to or better than NYS


INDICATORS - Grouped by Topic REGIONAL VALUE YEAR NYS COMPARISON TREND | REGION
*No or multiple regional values for this indicator


Worse than NYS by 10% or more
Up to 10% worse than NYS
Equal to or better than NYS





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