Percentage of Kids Living in Family-Owned Homes Rises — at Last

Posted May 14, 2019
By the Annie E. Casey Foundation
Update percentageoffamilyownedhomes 2019

A decade after the U.S. hous­ing mar­ket began to col­lapse — and near­ly 10 years after the peak of the Great Reces­sion — home­own­er­ship for fam­i­lies appears to be rebounding.

The per­cent­age of U.S. chil­dren liv­ing in fam­i­ly-owned homes rose to 61% in 2017, after hold­ing steady at 59% for the past four years.

While this is good news, kids are still less like­ly to live in fam­i­ly-owned homes com­pared to 2006 and 2007, when the hous­ing bub­ble began to burst. At that time, 66% of chil­dren were grow­ing up in homes that were owned (via a loan, such as a mort­gage, or free and clear).

Move­ment at the state lev­el reflects the nation­al trend: From 2016 to 2017, the per­cent­age of kids liv­ing in fam­i­ly-owned homes rose in all but 14 states. In 12 of these 14 states, the rate did not change. And in two states — New Hamp­shire (73% to 72%) and North Dako­ta (72% to 68%) — as well as in Puer­to Rico (54% to 51%), home­own­er­ship grew less com­mon for kids and their families.

Chil­dren in Iowa, Maine and Min­neso­ta are most like­ly to live in a fam­i­ly-owned home — 74% do. By com­par­i­son, chil­dren in Cal­i­for­nia (49%) and the Dis­trict of Colum­bia (46%) are least like­ly to live in a fam­i­ly-owned home.

Despite its low home­own­er­ship rates, the Dis­trict of Colum­bia saw the largest per­cent­age-point jump (39% in 2016 to 46% in 2017) of any U.S. state or territory.

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