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Housing Occupancy and Tenure

The dashboard provides a historic perspective of housing growth in the Lowcountry. The data shows several trends, including the significant increase in the growth of total housing units from 2000 to 2020. From 2010 to 2020, the growth in housing units continued at a slower pace, indicative of a general slowing trend that resulted from the end of the nation-wide housing boom in 2007. Beaufort County, like many other parts of the nation, continued to add to its housing supply during that housing boom. 

Note: While the 2000, 2010, and 2020 data are based on decennial census, the 2022 data is based on 5-year estimates (2018-2022). Users should exercise caution when comparing this data.

Data Notes
Definition Housing Unit:  A house, an apartment, a mobile home or trailer, a group of rooms, or a single room occupied as separate living quarters, or if vacant, intended for occupancy as separate living quarters. Separate living quarters are those in which the occupants live separately from any other individuals in the building, and which have direct access from outside the building or through a common hall. For vacant units, the criteria of separateness and direct access are applied to the intended occupants whenever possible.

Owner-Occupied Housing Unit:  The owner or co-owner lives in the unit even if it is mortgaged or not fully paid for.

Renter-Occupied Housing Unit:  All occupied units which are not owner occupied, whether they are rented for cash rent or occupied without payment of cash rent.
Data Source U.S. Census Bureau, Decennial Census and American Community Survey 5-Year Estimates
Last Updated May 2024