Demographics and Housing Intensification PDF Print E-mail

Many urban and suburban communities face changing demographics, which is has a significant effect on how they plan for housing. Housing choices will vary depending upon household size, ethnicity, and age. Married couples without children and single person households make up the nation's two most numerous household types.

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This paper looks at how shifts in household demographics affect housing preferences and residential location decisions in metropolitan areas. It identifies current and projected changes in the nation's population and households; addresses current and projected changes in the location of households; and offers additional research suggestions.

This paper primarily looks at how the population increases of Asians, Hispanics, and African Americans have affected the change in household composition and household consumption. It should be noted that much of this is national research and the impact on the regional/local level may differ for communities.

Multifamily rental housing is the second most prevalent combination of tenure and structure, following only single-family homeownership. The purposes of this article are to describe apartment residents today, discuss how they have changed recently in number and characteristics, explain how apartment renters may evolve in the future, and highlight some of the business and policy implications of future changes.

This study outlines senior population and housing trends for seven Twin Cities, Minnesota, counties. It focuses on demographics that shape senior housing options and decisions, such as income trends, disability rates, household size, and home ownership rates. The report also includes an inventory of senior housing facilities in each of the seven Twin Cities area counties.

This is an example of a county in Maryland that created a master plan to prepare for an increase in senior residents. It looks at existing housing, new housing, affordability, financial and regulatory incentives, design requirements and suggestions. It also has a series of images that give different options for how it looks.