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The map above shows a snapshot of the average household size for homeowners across the Vineyard.
When you look at how the size of homeowner households differs across communities, there are two trends to keep in mind:
Nationally, homeownership rates have seen their biggest drop since the depression. The national homeownership rate fell to 65 percent for the second quarter of 2013 from 69.2 percent in 2004. Additionally, one in three Millennails are choosing to stay at home with their parents as opposed to buying their own place in the face of very little job prospects, low wages, large student debt and health insurance costs.
Locally, neighborhoods are sometimes dominated by one generation of families. The blocks that were full of five-person homes a decade ago may be full of empty nesters today, or vice-versa.
The data in this map are from the United States Census Bureau's 2011 American Community Survey. These values are an estimate for 2011 taking into account 60 months of collected data. You can learn more about the survey here.
Using your cursor, you can hover over any census tract – the geographic region defined by the U.S. Census – and see in the box in the upper right hand corner of the average household size for homeowners.
What do you think explains the differences in average household size? Tell us in a comment or a blog post.