Is your home typical?
If, while waiting for your turn in the shower, you occasionally ponder whether most Americans have more bathrooms than you do, HSH Associates has just the infographic for you. The financial publisher pulled statistics from the American Housing Survey to create the typical house. Drumroll, please:
How does that match up with your living arrangements?
Here are some Baltimore-specific statistics for owners and renters alike, drawn from the separate American Community Survey:
--The most popular housing type? Single-family detached. Almost half the homes in the Baltimore metro area fall into this category.
Nearly 30 percent are single-family attached, such as townhouses and rowhouses.
Fourteen percent of homes are within buildings that have at least 10 units.
--A three-bedroom situation is most common, with 40 percent of homes in that category.
Twenty-four percent have two bedrooms.
Nineteen percent have four bedrooms.
Eleven percent have one bedroom.
Just over 5 percent -- about 60,000 homes -- have five bedrooms or more.
And about 1 percent are studio situations, with no bedrooms at all.
--The typical monthly housing cost for owners with a mortgage is just under $1,800.
For owners without a mortgage, it's about $500.
For renters, it's just under $1,000.
--Household size is a bit larger, on average, for owners.
Owner-occupied units have an average of 2.7 people, compared with 2.3 people in rented units.
--More than half the metro area's households moved into their current home within the last decade.
A full quarter moved in 2005 or later, so you can see why there might be a fair number of underwater folks out there. Slightly less than a quarter, by contrast, last moved before 1990.
All these statistics come from the American Community Survey's most recent five-year estimates, a look at trends from 2005 through 2009.
So: Are you typical?