One in every 10 houses was vacant in 2011, according to data from the new American Housing Survey (AHS) from the U.S. Census Bureau and U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, released July 11. That’s a little less than 13.4 million vacant houses.
There were about 633,782 people experiencing homelessness on any given night, as of 2012, according to the National Alliance to End Homelessness. Which means that there were about 21 vacant homes for every person experiencing homelessness around that time.
The picture isn’t quite as bleak for many other U.S. residents. As of 2011, more than half of all U.S. houses were occupied by their owners, while a little less than 30 percent were occupied by renters, according to the AHS report.
Here’s an infographic with more insights from the report:
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