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Homeownership by Gender Reports & Graphics

This measure describes the disparity in homeownership rates between single male- and single female-headed households. Nationally, the gap in homeownership rates between single men and women is relatively small, with national homeownership rates slightly less than one percentage point higher for women than men. Single women have slightly higher rates of homeownership in 27 states, although the largest gender gap is in Alaska, where the rate for single male-headed households is almost 10 percentage points higher than for female-headed households (56.0% and 46.8%, respectively).

 The Scorecard compares single households in gender comparisons rather than all male- and female-headed households to disentangle issues of gender from marital status.

Homeownership by Gender, 2012

StateHomeownership Rate,
Single Male-Headed
Households (%)
Homeownership Rate,
Single Female-Headed
Households (%)
Ratio
United States  50.0%  50.7%  1.01 
Alabama  57.3%  55.6%  1.03 
Alaska  56.0%  46.8%  1.20 
Arizona  49.5%  51.7%  1.04 
Arkansas  54.1%  53.0%  1.02 
California  41.0%  43.7%  1.06 
Colorado  47.7%  52.5%  1.10 
Connecticut  52.8%  50.7%  1.04 
Delaware  61.0%  57.2%  1.07 
District of Columbia  33.2%  35.8%  1.08 
Florida  53.6%  56.3%  1.05 
Georgia  49.3%  50.5%  1.02 
Hawaii  46.6%  50.8%  1.09 
Idaho  55.7%  55.5%  1.00 
Illinois  51.8%  52.3%  1.01 
Indiana  53.9%  54.4%  1.01 
Iowa  56.7%  59.5%  1.05 
Kansas  51.0%  50.4%  1.01 
Kentucky  52.8%  53.0%  1.00 
Louisiana  53.9%  52.7%  1.02 
Maine  56.3%  55.4%  1.02 
Maryland  53.5%  53.2%  1.01 
Massachusetts  46.7%  46.8%  1.00 
Michigan  58.7%  57.4%  1.02 
Minnesota  56.4%  53.2%  1.06 
Mississippi  57.9%  56.8%  1.02 
Missouri  54.3%  52.6%  1.03 
Montana  52.6%  55.7%  1.06 
Nebraska  50.3%  50.2%  1.00 
Nevada  44.7%  43.8%  1.02 
New Hampshire  54.7%  57.1%  1.04 
New Jersey  48.4%  50.9%  1.05 
New Mexico  54.6%  57.6%  1.06 
New York  40.0%  39.8%  1.01 
North Carolina  52.4%  53.0%  1.01 
North Dakota  46.5%  48.9%  1.05 
Ohio  52.0%  50.3%  1.03 
Oklahoma  54.4%  54.0%  1.01 
Oregon  47.8%  48.1%  1.01 
Pennsylvania  54.8%  53.5%  1.02 
Rhode Island  43.8%  45.1%  1.03 
South Carolina  57.5%  56.2%  1.02 
South Dakota  54.7%  49.3%  1.11 
Tennessee  53.1%  53.7%  1.01 
Texas  46.1%  49.5%  1.08 
Utah  53.6%  57.9%  1.08 
Vermont  56.7%  59.1%  1.04 
Virginia  52.5%  53.1%  1.01 
Washington  47.1%  49.2%  1.05 
West Virginia  58.0%  59.1%  1.02 
Wisconsin  51.6%  48.1%  1.07 
Wyoming  56.5%  51.1%  1.11 

Definition

Ratio of the homeownership rate of single male-headed households to single female-headed households, 2012.

 Calculated by dividing the higher value by the lower value, i.e., single female-headed households divided by single male-headed households for 27 states and single male-headed households divided by single female-headed households in the remaining 24 states.

 A ratio of 1 indicates perfect equality; the higher the ratio, the greater the inequality. 

Source

2012 American Community Survey. Washington, DC: U.S. Department of Commerce, Census Bureau, 2013. Data calculated by CFED using Public Use Microdata Sample files.

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