Crowded and Severely Crowded Housing Units: 1940-1990


                          1  9  9  0
 
   Occupied         Crowded units   Severely crowded 
   housing units    (1.01 or more)   (1.51 or more)
   
                   Number     Per-   Number     Per-
                              cent              cent
 
US    91,947,410  4,548,799    4.9% 1,911,867    2.1%
 
AZ     1,368,843    101,636    7.4%    46,721    3.4%
CO     1,282,489     38,139    3.0%    13,500    1.1%
ID       360,723     15,199    4.2%     4,468    1.2%
MT       306,163      8,886    2.9%     2,462    0.8%
NV       466,297     29,890    6.4%    13,353    2.9%
NM       542,709     42,810    7.9%    17,644    3.3%
UT       537,273     29,577    5.5%     7,728    1.4%
WY       168,839      4,702    2.8%     1,210    0.7%

1 9 8 0   Occupied Crowded units Severely crowded housing units (1.01 or more) (1.51 or more)   Number Per- Number Per- cent cent   US 80,389,673 3,648,445 4.5% 1,134,619 1.4%   AZ 957,032 69,307 7.2% 30,526 3.2% CO 1,061,249 30,216 2.8% 8,893 0.8% ID 324,107 14,462 4.5% 3,673 1.1% MT 283,742 10,784 3.8% 2,954 1.0% NV 304,327 14,255 4.7% 5,440 1.8% NM 441,466 38,031 8.6% 15,153 3.4% UT 448,603 25,824 5.8% 5,001 1.1% WY 165,624 6,961 4.2% 1,754 1.1%
  1 9 7 0   Occupied Crowded units Severely crowded housing units (1.01 or more) (1.51 or more)   Number Per- Number Per- cent cent   US 63,449,747 5,210,874 8.2% 1,408,416 2.2%   AZ 539,157 68,220 12.7% 28,318 5.3% CO 690,928 47,971 6.9% 12,100 1.8% ID 218,960 20,249 9.2% 4,912 2.2% MT 217,304 20,777 9.6% 5,327 2.5% NV 160,052 14,131 8.8% 3,929 2.5% NM 289,389 45,171 15.6% 19,384 6.7% UT 297,934 31,601 10.6% 6,766 2.3% WY 104,600 9,169 8.8% 2,178 2.1%
1 9 6 0   Occupied Crowded units Severely crowded housing units (1.01 or more) (1.51 or more)   Number Per- Number Per- cent cent US 53,023,875 6,113,473 11.5% 1,902,923 3.6%   AZ 366,630 69,884 19.1% 32,616 8.9% CO 529,419 61,283 11.6% 17,824 3.4% ID 193,839 29,997 15.5% 8,225 4.2% MT 202,240 30,043 14.9% 8,891 4.4% NV 91,520 12,619 13.8% 4,268 4.7% NM 251,209 59,299 23.6% 28,103 11.2% UT 241,532 40,246 16.7% 9,221 3.8% WY 99,187 15,482 15.6% 4,679 4.7%
1 9 5 0   Occupied units Crowded units Severely crowded reporting per- (1.01 or more) (1.51 or more) sons per room Number Per- Number Per- cent cent 6627692 US 42,154,443 6,628,292 15.7% 2,607,717 6.2%   AZ 205,895 56,794 27.6% 32,381 15.7% CO 384,684 69,216 18.0% 30,737 8.0% ID 165,994 36,933 22.2% 15,104 9.1% MT 172,170 32,736 19.0% 14,126 8.2% NV 48,941 7,999 16.3% 3,309 6.8% NM 171,959 58,453 34.0% 34,393 20.0% UT 184,586 43,271 23.4% 12,563 6.8% WY 82,725 18,355 22.2% 8,066 9.8%
1 9 4 0   Occupied units Crowded units Severely crowded reporting per- (1.01 or more) (1.51 or more) sons per room Number Per- Number Per- cent cent US 34,447,032 6,964,894 20.2% 3,085,922 9.0%   AZ 129,315 50,775 39.3% 35,154 27.2% CO 311,232 71,533 23.0% 37,024 11.9% ID 139,296 42,622 30.6% 22,787 16.4% MT 157,317 40,314 25.6% 20,974 13.3% NV 32,532 7,399 22.7% 3,983 12.2% NM 127,186 61,109 48.0% 41,882 32.9% UT 138,330 41,880 30.3% 18,559 13.4% WY 68,434 19,491 28.5% 10,280 15.0%    


Notes: In 1990, slightly less than 5 percent of our homes were considered crowded; that is, they had more than one person per room. However, this was a small increase since 1980 (4.5 percent) -- the only time a rise had been recorded ince the first Census of Housing in 1940, when 1-in-5 homes were crowded.

Crowded homes in 1940 were largely concentrated in southern States; this had changed by 1990. About one-third of all crowded homes then were found in the rural south. By 1990 crowding had become common in a few big urban centers -- over one-fourth of all crowded units nationally were located in four metropolitan areas (Houston, Los Angeles, Miami, and New York).

Source: Housing Then and Now U.S. Census Bureau.

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