HERE FOR --
Vacant For Rent Units
the New York City Housing and Vacancy Survey (HVS)
Beginning in 1965
and in order to fulfill its responsibilities under various rent control and
rent stabilization laws, New York City has regularly retained the U.S. Census
Bureau to conduct a comprehensive survey of the New York City housing market.
The resulting "Housing and Vacancy Survey" (HVS) is an invaluable
source of information about the state of the City's housing stock, residential
population, and other housing-related issues and trends. To prepare the most
recent "1993 Housing and Vacancy Survey," the U.S. Census Bureau conducted
household interviews of a sample of some 18,000 housing units in New York City
between late January and May of 1993.
to Read HVS Tables
When looking at
the HVS tables, be sure to keep the following things in mind:
The HVS is a SAMPLE survey. The Census Bureau interviews thousands of
households and then "weights" the data to achieve citywide totals.
Remember that small numbers in the HVS tables may not be statistically significant.
The HVS is a survey based on HOUSING UNITS. For the survey the Census
Bureau selects a sample of housing units (i.e. addresses) and interviews the
households in these units. This is different from some other surveys, which
Interpreting the data in the tables may not always be intuitive. Here are a
- Race and
Ethnicity of Householder - The "householder" is the person (or
one of the persons) who rents or owns the sample unit (i.e. the apartment
or house the Census interviewer visits). The HVS indicates the number of HOUSEHOLDS
(in this case synonymous with "dwellings") in which the householder
is white, black, etc. Note that this variable is NOT the same as the population
of whites, blacks, etc. Nor does it show the number of mixed households (e.g.
two roommates rent an apartment, one is black and one is white. However, since
only one will be counted as the "householder", the data will reflect
the race of only one roommate).
of Building - All of the numbers in these tables are numbers of housing
units (in the case of renter-occupied units, synonymous with "households").
Thus, under the "Total Renter" column we see the number 23,336 in
the "Dilapidated" column. This is NOT the number of dilapidated
Buildings but the number of housing units IN dilapidated buildings.
Receiving Public Assistance - In some cases the data refers to the householder
and in some cases to the household. For instance, in this case the numbers
refer to HOUSEHOLDS (i.e. the persons occupying the dwelling unit; NOT necessarily
synonymous with "family") which have one or more persons receiving
The Census Bureau reports the HVS data in a number of "Series", including
separate tabulations for "Renter-Occupied" housing units, "Vacant
For Rent" units, etc. We currently have data on Renter-occupied units and
will soon post the "Vacant For Rent" series.
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