Continually Decreasing Household Sizes Across the United States
MONDAY, DEC 19, 2022
Which is worse? The COVID-19 pandemic, or the affordable housing crisis? The pandemic, apparently. A Social Explorer analysis of American Community Survey data found the typical number of people in renter-occupied homes fell 4.5 percent between 2019 and 2021 to an average of 2.3 per household. Household sizes among renters in the East Stroudsburg, Penn., metro area fell 31.5 percent during the two-year period to 1.98 people per household. It was followed by Elmira, N.Y. (-28.2 percent to 1.73), and Midland, Texas (-26.5 percent to 1.94).
The Villages, Fla., one of the nation’s fastest-growing (and oldest) metros, had the nation’s smallest renter-occupied average household size, falling 25.8 percent to 1.58 people per home. The nation’s most crowded rentals were in Madera, Calif., where the typical household size rose 1.1 percent to 3.62 people per home.