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    Census Question

    This is a pretty arcane question, so ...hopefully the numbers crunchers out there can give some advice on this topic:

    We are trying to determine the average household size (2000) for multifamily housing units versus single family housing units. Something one would think the Census would cover in American Factfinder, right? I cannot find it! I could do convoluted average calculation based on Summary File SF 4 and Table HT 19. Am I missing something? Is there some magic table that contains average household size for single family structures versus multifamily structures? There is certainly date for household size by tenure, but.... HELP!

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    Before you try to do the numbers yourself, have you checked with your regional or state census data centers? They may have that figure for your community calculated already.

    Also, check with any regional university that has any type of demographic research center.
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    School District

    Your School District may have these numbers, that is, if they practice school planning......
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    Quote Originally posted by The One
    that is, if they practice school planning......
    LOL! That's actually a good suggestion

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    Quote Originally posted by BKM
    LOL! That's actually a good suggestion

    Its a GREAT suggestion - school census are required annually by law around these parts.

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    Use HCT5 - AVERAGE HOUSEHOLD SIZE OF OCCUPIED HOUSING UNITS BY TENURE - from the SF 2 file.

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    See if this is of any use:
    Counting California

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    BKM,

    Did my info help? I've used that info before for other projetcs. The good thing about it is that it comes from the 100% data.

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    Quote Originally posted by Wanigas?
    Use HCT5 - AVERAGE HOUSEHOLD SIZE OF OCCUPIED HOUSING UNITS BY TENURE - from the SF 2 file.
    That table gives the figure by owner occupied or renter occupied, not by type of residential structure.
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    Research by US Census

    The US Census will do the research for you, looking at the type of structure lived in, number of bedrooms, household size and create a file for you:
    This is called a request for Special Tabulation. Try to tie your request to some needed information by a Federal Agency of some kind and they may not charge you the $1,000 plus to do the work.....(Need the numbers to meet HUD grant requirements, or US Dept. of Education family data for schools....and so on....)
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    301-763-2429

    http://www.census.gov/population/www.../requests.html
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    Quote Originally posted by Wanigas?
    Use HCT5 - AVERAGE HOUSEHOLD SIZE OF OCCUPIED HOUSING UNITS BY TENURE - from the SF 2 file.
    HCT 5 defines it by "renters" and "owners" not by single family housing units versus multifamily housing units.

    I actually ended up using SP4-HCT 19 and fudging a bit to calculate the average I need.

    Thanks, though!

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