Vacant Housing Units

Santa Clara & San Mateo Counties

20082018
Potentially Available30,86338,542
Total Vacant42,16753,236

Data Source:

United States Census Bureau, American Community Survey

Analysis:

Silicon Valley Institute for Regional Studies

Data are from the United States Census Bureau, American Community Survey 1-Year Estimates. Silicon Valley includes Santa Clara and San Mateo Counties. A housing unit is defined as vacant if no one is living in it at the time of the Census survey interview, unless its occupants are only temporarily absent. In addition, a vacant unit may be one which is entirely occupied by persons who have a usual residence elsewhere. New units not yet occupied are classified as vacant housing units if construction has reached a point where all exterior windows and doors are installed and final usable floors are in place. Vacant units are excluded if they are exposed to the elements, or if there is positive evidence that the unit is to be demolished or is condemned. Also excluded are quarters being used entirely for nonresidential purposes, such as a store or an office, or quarters used for the storage of business supplies or inventory, machinery, or agricultural products. Other Vacant housing units include those held for legal reasons such as the settlement of an estate, held for personal reasons, or held for repairs. Potentially Available housing units include For rent, For sale only, and Other Vacant.

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