Homeownership up, but some gaps remain

Associated Press

WASHINGTON — Most Americans who are married with children tend to live in homes they own. More single mothers became homeowners over the 1990s, but about two-thirds still rent instead of own.

During a prosperous decade when homeownership rates increased overall for nearly all Americans, demographic discrepancies remained, shows a 2000 census report released today.

Nationally, 66 percent, or 69.8 million of the 105.5 million occupied housing units in 2000, were lived in by the owner, up from 64 percent of the country’s 91.9 million occupied homes in 1990, the Census Bureau said.

The homeownership rate is at its highest point since at least 1890 and has increased steadily since 43.6 percent in 1940.

"Owning one’s home has long been considered a part of the ‘American Dream,’ " the report said. "The post-World War II surge in homeownership was remarkable."

The report summarized housing statistics released earlier this year from the 2000 census.

Of the 54.1 million married couples, 44.2 million — more than 81 percent — owned their homes in 2000, up from 78 percent in 1990. The proportion of married-with-children families who owned homes increased from 73 percent to 77 percent.

Increases among single-parent families were magnified because of the much smaller number of such households, bureau analyst Bonnie Damon said. In 2000:

  • 38 percent of the 7.6 million women who lived in households without spouses but with their own children under 18 owned homes, up from 31 percent in 1990.

  • 51 percent of the 2.2 million single fathers in the same living arrangement owned homes, up from 45 percent a decade ago.

    The latest census showed single-parent homes are becoming more prevalent in society. Such homes, especially families led by single moms, typically are worse off financially.

    Other findings:

  • Among metropolitan areas, Punta Gorda, Fla., had the highest homeownership rate at 84 percent.

  • Owners outnumbered renters in all but 1 percent of the nation’s 3,141 counties. It was less prevalent in urban areas such as Bronx County, one of New York City’s five boroughs, where only 1 in 5 households were owned by the occupants.

    Copyright ©2001 Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.

    Talk to us

  • More in Herald Business Journal

    FILE - In this Monday, March 23, 2020, file photo, a worker walks near a mural of a Boeing 777 airplane at the company's manufacturing facility in Everett, Wash., north of Seattle. Beginning in 2024, some 737 planes will be built in Everett, the company announced to workers on Monday. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren, File)
    With 747 out, Boeing to open new 737 Max line at Everett’s Paine Field

    Since the last 747 rolled out of the factory, speculation has been rife that Boeing might move some 737 Max production to Everett.

    IonQ will open a new quantum computing manufacturing and research center at 3755 Monte Villa Parkway in Bothell. (Photo courtesy of IonQ)
    Quantum computing firm IonQ to open Bothell R&D center

    IonQ says quantum computing systems are key to addressing climate change, energy and transportation.

    Nathanael Engen, founder of Black Forest Mushrooms, sits in the lobby of Think Tank Cowork with his 9-year-old dog, Bruce Wayne, on Friday, Jan. 27, 2023, in downtown Everett, Washington. (Ryan Berry / The Herald)
    Growing green mushrooms in downtown Everett

    The founder of Black Forest Mushrooms plans to grow gourmet mushrooms locally, reducing their carbon footprint.

    Barb Lamoureux, 78, poses for a photo at her office at 1904 Wetmore Ave in Everett, Washington on Monday, Jan. 23, 2023. Lamoureux, who founded Lamoureux Real Estate in 2004, is retiring after 33 years. (Annie Barker / The Herald)
    Barb Lamoureux, ‘North Everett’s Real Estate Agent’ retires

    A longtime supporter of Housing Hope, Lamoureux helped launch the Windermere Foundation Golf Tournament.

    AGC Biologics in Bothell to produce new diabetes treatment

    The contract drug manufacturer paired with drug developer Provention Bio to bring the new therapy to market.

    FILE - In this file photo dated Monday, March 11, 2019, rescuers work at the scene of an Ethiopian Airlines plane crash south of Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.  The number of deaths in major air crashes around the globe fell by more than half in 2019 according to a report released Wednesday Jan. 1, 2020, by the aviation consultancy To70, revealing the worst crash for the year was an Ethiopian Airlines Boeing 737 MAX on March 10 that lost 157 lives. (AP Photo/Mulugeta Ayene, FILE)
    US board says Boeing Max likely hit a bird before 2019 crash

    U.S. accident investigators disagree with Ethiopian authorities over the cause of a 2019 Boeing 737 Max crash.

    Store owner Jay Behar, 50, left, and store manager Dan Boston, 60, right, work to help unload a truck of recliners at Behar's Furniture on Monday, Jan. 16, 2023. Behar's Furniture on Broadway in Everett is closing up shop after 60 years in business. The family-owned furniture store opened in 1963, when mid-century model styles were all the rage. Second-generation owner, Jay Behar says it's time to move on. (Annie Barker / The Herald)
    Behar’s Furniture in Everett closing after 60 years

    “It’s time to move on.” The small family-owned store opened in 1963 and grew to cover an entire city block.

    Katy Woods, a Licensed Coach, Branch Manager, and experienced Banker at Coastal Community Bank.
    Coastal Community Bank Offers Classes for Businesses

    To support local business owners and their teams, Coastal offers complimentary Money… Continue reading

    Innovative Salon Products online fulfillment employees, from left, Stephanie Wallem, Bethany Fulcher, Isela Ramirez and Gretchen House, work to get orders put together on Friday, Jan. 6, 2023, at the company’s facility in Monroe, Washington. The company began including pay, benefits and perks to its job listings over a year ago, well ahead of the new statewide mandate to include a pay range on job postings at companies with over 15 employees. (Ryan Berry / The Herald)
    New state law requires employers to give pay range in job postings

    Washington’s new pay transparency law aims to narrow wage gaps based on race or gender — though some companies may seek loopholes.

    Paddywack co-owner Shane Somerville with the 24-hour pet food pantry built by a local Girl Scout troop outside of her store on Tuesday, Dec. 20, 2022 in Mill Creek, Washington. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
    An out-paw-ring of support: Mill Creek pantry feeds pets, day or night

    With help from local Girl Scouts, the Mill Creek pet food store Paddywack is meeting the need for pet supplies in a pinch.

    Kelly Cameron is the woodworker behind Clinton-based business Turnco Wood Goods. (David Welton)
    Whidbey woodworkers turn local lumber into art

    In the “Slab Room” at Madrona Supply Co., customers can find hunks of wood native to the south end of Whidbey Island.

    Siblings Barbara Reed and Eric Minnig, who, co-own their parent’s old business Ken’s Camera along with their brother Bryan, stand outside the Evergreen Way location Thursday, Dec. 15, 2022, in Everett, Washington. After five decades in business, Ken’s will be closing its last two locations for good at the end of the year. (Ryan Berry / The Herald)
    Print it or lose it: Ken’s Camera closes after decades caught on film

    The local legend, processing film photos since 1971, will close its locations in Mount Vernon and Everett at the end of 2022.