Demographics & Projections

Growth in the number of households is the primary driver of housing demand. For over three decades, the Joint Center has documented how underlying demographic shifts—in particular, the growing diversity and changing age structure of the population—shape the type, quantity, quality, and location of housing. Our long-term household growth projections are widely used within the housing industry to analyze future trends in demand.

Reports & Papers

Updated Household Projections, 2015-2035: Methodology and Results

December 12, 2016

Authors: Daniel McCue, Christopher Herbert

Assessing Households and Household Growth Estimates with Census Bureau Surveys

July 13, 2015

Authors: Daniel McCue, George Masnick, Chris Herbert

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Data & Charts


Riordan Frost

Research Assistant

Not just the Sunbelt: Millennials and Baby Boomers Increasingly Head West

Tuesday, September 18, 2018

When Americans decide to pick up and move, over the past fifty years they most commonly have left the Northeast...

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George Masnick

Senior Research Fellow

What are the Impacts of Fertility Rates on Housing Markets?

Monday, May 14, 2018

Since families with children are primary drivers of household formation and housing consumption, changes in fertility rates can have significant...

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