Newscruncher is a daily series that breaks down the characteristics of your town by the numbers. You can see more posts by clicking the Newscruncher link above the headline or by checking out our weekend roundups. If you see any technical issues with this map, or if you'd like to suggest ideas for future Newscruncher articles, please email email@example.com.
This map shows a snapshot of the percentage of vacant rental units across different areas of your town.
The national rental vacancy rate reached its lowest point in more than a decade to 4.2 percent. It's a sign that more and more people have been opting to rent rather than own.
Over the summer many families were priced out of the housing market because of a jump in mortgage rates. This forced many into rental units, lowering the vacancy rate and resulting in an increase in the price of rents.
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 the percentage of vacant rental units in the box in the upper right hand corner of the map.
What do you think explains the differences in the percentages of vacant rental units across town? Tell us in a comment or a blog post.