Alaska Housing Unit Occupancy Statistics
The American Community Survey (ACS), conducted by the U.S. Census Bureau, publishes detailed estimates about housing each year. Unlike the Census—which is an exact count of people and households every ten years—ACS statistics are estimated based on a representative survey sample.
How many housing units in Alaska are occupied or vacant?
How many housing units in Alaska are owner- or renter-occupied?
How do the size of households and housing units vary by tenure in Alaska?
By Household Size
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By Number of Rooms
What do Alaska housing units use for heating fuel?
Heating Fuel: Utility Gas and Electricity
The most commonly-used heating fuels are utility gas and electricity. The chart below breaks down Alaska housing units by these heating fuels.
Other Heating Fuel
Utility gas and electricity are by far the two most common sources of heat for American housing units. The chart below breaks down Alaska housing units by less commonly-used heating fuels. Note the sizable difference between the number of households using utility gas and electricity versus other heating fuels.
How is the quality of occupied housing units in Alaska?
The ACS asks questions about the presence of hot and cold running water, a bathtub or shower, a sink with a faucet, a stove or range, and a refrigerator to create statistics about indicators of housing quality. Federal and local governments use these estimates to identify areas eligible for housing assistance, rehabilitation loans, and other programs that help people access and afford decent, safe, and sanitary housing. Public health officials may also use this information to locate areas in danger of ground water contamination and waterborne diseases.
While the presence of these facilities in the home has increased over time, there are still areas in the United States where they are not available. Individual items (hot and cold running water, etc.) are asked about separately on the ACS to allow housing analysts to evaluate individual indicators of housing quality, and determine which items are lacking in particular areas.