California Housing Unit Occupancy Statistics

Occupied U.S. housing, 2016:

118,860,065 units

—American Community Survey, 1-year estimate

A housing unit is a space where people live—such as a house, an apartment, a mobile home or trailer, or other forms of living quarters. The people who occupy a housing unit form a household

The American Community Survey, conducted by the U.S. Census Bureau, publishes detailed estimates about housing each year. Unlike the Census—which is an exact count of people and households every ten years—ACS statistics are estimated based on a representative survey sample. 

How many housing units in California are owner- or renter-occupied? 

A housing unit's occupants may be its owners or renters. The term tenure refers to this distinction.  

How do the size of households and housing units vary by tenure in California? 

What do California housing units use for heating fuel? 

Utility gas and electricity are by far the two most common sources of heat for American housing units. The chart below breaks down California housing units by less commonly-used heating fuels. (Note the different scales.)

How many occupied housing units in California lack plumbing or kitchens?