Housing and Vacancy Survey

Hi Michelle,

I am trying to analyze homeownership trends using HVS data. However, it seems like the only available data are from ACS. Am I missing something?


The Housing Vacancy Survey (HVS) is a supplement of the CPS. Unfortunately, the HVS is not one of the supplements we have available through IPUMS CPS (if you click on the supplement topics tab here, you will see those that are available).

The American Community Survey (ACS) is available through IPUMS USA and does have vacancy information available. In the ACS, as well as several decennial census samples, VACANCY identifies vacant housing units and reports the reason for the vacancy.

This link, which provides a good explanation of differences in homeownership rate estimates across three surveys including the CPS/HVS and ACS, may be helpful.