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Using Data to Better Understand Housing Needs

 

Christina Rubenstein, Deputy Policy Director, Partnership for Strong Communities

We drive, walk and bike through Connecticut’s cities and towns every day, but when we take a step back how much do we really know about them? Maybe a lot. Or maybe we think we know a lot, but places change over time. To provide insight into the housing conditions of the state’s municipalities, the Partnership for Strong Communities provides Housing Data Profiles on each and every one. We also produce profiles for each county and the state.

The Partnership’s Housing Data Profiles are meant to make data about town-level housing market conditions more accessible. By pulling different data points together, we hope that the story of housing in each town and city becomes clearer. Towns are often faced with making decisions about housing development but the public and officials may lack the information needed to make forward-thinking data-driven decisions. What does your town have now and what does it need to be a place where people will want to live in the future? More multifamily housing? More homeownership? More affordable units? Looking at the data can help illuminate the picture for residents and officials alike.  

The 2015 Housing Data Profiles provide data on various housing affordability issues, such as rent, monthly housing costs for homeowners, and the number of people paying a significant amount of their income for housing. In addition, each profile looks at some of the basics for each municipality – number of residents and households, median age, percent of households with someone under 18 or over 65. To round it out, we’ve added in some information on the housing market and characteristics of housing (like age of housing stock). Also, new to the 2015 Housing Data Profiles is a narrative analysis of the data for each town, along with a list of key stats.

Take a look at the 2015 Housing Data Profiles and share them with others. It’s a chance to take the 10,000 foot view of our towns, perhaps reinforcing some of the things we already know about familiar places or learning new things about places we’ve never really spent much time in.

Click here to access the 2015 Housing Data Profiles.

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