Index: Community Development / Subcategory: Housing

Housing Occupancy - Ownership/Renting

Date updated: 11/14/2012

Total Housing Units: The total number of housing units represents all completed units of housing in the housing stock. This includes apartments, condos and townhouses, single detached housing, etc.

Occupied Housing Units: A housing unit is occupied if a person or group of persons is living in it at the time of the housing survey or if the occupants are only temporarily absent, as for example, on vacation. The persons living in the unit must consider it their usual place of residence or have no usual place of residence elsewhere. The count of occupied housing units is the same as the count of households.

Vacant Housing Units: A housing unit is vacant if no one is living in it at the time of the housing survey, unless its occupants are only temporarily absent. In addition, a vacant unit may be one which is entirely occupied by persons who have a usual residence elsewhere.

Seasonal Vacant Units: Seasonal housing units are those intended for occupancy only during certain seasons of the year and found primarily in resort areas. Seasonal housing units may be counted as either vacant or occupied, depending on their status at the time of the housing survey. Housing units held for occupancy by migratory labor employed in farm work during the crop season are tabulated as seasonal. As of the first quarter 1986 vacant seasonal mobile homes are being counted as a part of the seasonal housing inventory.

What this chart shows: Total Number of Housing Units in Select Larimer County Communities, 2011

*Larimer County portion only

Data Source: Colorado Department of Local Affairs

See data table

What the above data tell us:

There was a total of 133,572 housing units in Larimer County in 2011. Two-thirds (67.1%) of those housing units are located in Fort Collins and Loveland. An additional one-quarter (24.8%) of housing units are located in the unincorporated areas of the county.

What this chart shows: Percentage of Occupied Housing Units in the United States, Colorado & Larimer County, 2002-2011

Data Source:

See data table

What the above data tell us:

Between 2002 and 2011, Colorado and Larimer County experienced a similar rate in the percentage of occupied housing units. Occupancy rates declined steadily between 2002 and 2006 and have been inching upwards since 2006.

During this same period, the nation's occupancy rate stabilized between 2002 and 2005 before trending downwards. On a national scale, the housing market has not recovered as well as in Colorado and Larimer County.

What this chart shows: Percentage of Occupied and Vacant Housing Units in Larimer County Communities - 2011

*Larimer County portion only

Data Source: Colorado Department of Local Affairs

See data table

What the above data tell us:

Among communities in Larimer County, Estes Park had the highest percentage of vacant units (31.0% or 1,280) in 2011 (see data table). The second highest vacancy rate in 2011 was in the unincorporated portion of Larimer County with 19.2% vacant (6,366 units). Berthoud and Wellington had the lowest vacancy rates during this time - 2.8%.

What this chart shows: Owner- vs. Renter-Occupied Housing Units in the United States, Colorado & Larimer County, 2009-2011 American Community Survey 3-Year Estimates

Data Source: United States Census Bureau (Table B25003)
See data table

What the above data tell us:

According to the 2009-2011 American Community Survey 3-Year Estimates, the percentage of owner-occupied housing units in Larimer County was marginally higher than in Colorado and the United States.

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Data Tables:

Occupied vs. Vacant Housing Units, 2011

 

Number of Units

Number Occupied

Number Vacant

Percent Occupied

Percent Vacant

United States

132,474,000

114,086,000

18,389,000

86.1%

13.9%

Colorado

2,225,802

2,008,030

217,772

90.2%

9.8%

Larimer County

133,572

122,620

10,952

91.8%

8.2%

Berthoud (part)

2,078

2,019

59

97.2%

2.8%

Estes Park

4,123

2,843

1,280

69.0%

31.0%

Fort Collins

60,871

58,922

1,949

96.8%

3.2%

Johnstown (part)

365

306

59

83.8%

16.2%

Loveland

28,723

27,659

1,064

96.3%

3.7%

Timnath

308

275

33

89.3%

10.7%

Wellington

2,303

2,238

65

97.2%

2.8%

Windsor (part)

1,710

1,633

77

95.5%

4.5%

Unincorporated

33,091

26,725

6,366

80.8%

19.2%

See chart - Number of Housing Units

See chart - Percentage of Occupied Units - Larimer County Communities

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Percentage of Occupied Housing Units - United States, Colorado & Larimer County

  

United States

Colorado

Larimer County

Percent Occupied

Percent Vacant

Percent Occupied

Percent Vacant

Percent Occupied

Percent Vacant

2002

87.6% 12.4% 89.8% 10.2% 91.3% 8.7%

2003

87.5% 12.5% 88.6% 11.4% 89.8% 10.2%

2004

87.6% 12.4% 87.9% 12.1% 89.3% 10.7%

2005

87.5% 12.5% 87.1% 12.9% 87.9% 12.1%

2006

86.8% 13.2% 87.0% 13.0% 88.0% 12.0%

2007

86.2% 13.8% 87.0% 13.0% 88.6% 11.4%

2008

85.5% 14.5% 87.7% 12.3% 89.5% 10.5%

2009

85.5% 14.5% 88.4% 11.6% 90.3% 9.7%

2010

85.9% 14.1% 89.4% 10.6% 90.8% 9.2%

2011

86.1% 13.9% 90.2% 9.8% 91.8% 8.2%

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Owner and Renter Occupied Housing Units - 2009-2011

Owner Occupied

Renter Occupied

%

#

%

#

United States

65.9% 75,124,052 34.1% 39,807,812

Colorado

66.7% 1,287,750 33.3% 671,395

Larimer County

66.7% 78,852 33.3% 40,921

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