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Data Dashboard: Occupied Households


Occupied Households

Trend at a Glance

At last count

387,771 households

Current Through




What does this measure?

A household includes all the persons who occupy a housing unit as their usual place of residence. A housing unit is a house, apartment, mobile home, group of rooms, or single room that is occupied or intended for occupancy as separate living quarters, regardless of the nature of the relationship of the occupants sharing the living arrangements. The count of total households provides information about population growth, land development patterns, the health of the housing market, and land density patterns in Wake County.

How is Wake County performing?

The total number of occupied households in Wake County has increased by 49,717 between 2010 and 2016.

Did you know?

Nearly 63% of households are owner occupied. More than 37% are occupied by renters.

Data Source

American Community Survey Selected Housing Characteristics (1-year estimates) 

Data Considerations

The Census Bureau's one-year or five-year estimates are referenced based on jurisdiction size. One-year estimates, used for higher-populated areas and considered more current, are used for county, state, and national data. Five-year estimates, considered more accurate, are used for municipal data. More can be read about these estimates here: http://www.census.gov/acs/www/guidance_for_data_users/estimates/

Charts & Maps

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Data is updated:

The United States Census Bureau publishes official population estimates and population estimate revisions for prior years annually. County, state, and national data are released in March.

Related Resources


October 2017; Revised to reflect 2016 ACS estimates




Created at 1/3/2014 4:08 PM by Lori K. Neumeier
Last modified at 10/2/2017 3:19 PM by Jason Horton





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