This week, the Census Bureau released new three-year estimates from the American Community Survey (ACS). Data reflect population and housing characteristics between 2006 and 2008 and are available for all geographies with a population of at least 20,000. As such, three-year ACS estimates can produce some very valuable housing statistics for a great many metro areas, cities, and counties, including: monthly housing costs for renters and homeowners; percent of income spent on housing; and home values. One-year estimates from 2008 were released in August, if you are more interested in only more recent data for larger geographies (population > 65,000).
ACS data can be accessed through the Census Bureau's American Fact Finder website (http://www.factfinder.census.gov/servlet/DatasetMainPageServlet?_pr...
) and more information on the ACS is available at http://www.census.gov/acs/www/
. If you have any questions about the data or how you can use it, please feel free to contact me (firstname.lastname@example.org; 202-466-2121 ext 245).