NYS Census – Housing

Census maps of housing trends in NY State.

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Google Maps: NY Percent Of Households Heating With Natural Gas

With the current shortage of natural gas in Western NY, I thought this would be an interesting graph to share, showing which parts of the state are heavily dependent on natural gas for heating. Natural gas is the most popular heating fuel in urban areas, as it's one of the cheapest sources of energy for heating. Western NY uses a lot more gas for heating then the Eastern half of the state, which has been traditionally more reliant on heating oil for heating. Manhattan and Bronx still use more oil then gas, while the outer boroughs tends to be more connected into the gas grid.

Map: Median Household Rent

Map: Median Household Rent

Universe: Occupied housing units with monthly housing costs
2013 American Community Survey 5-Year Estimates

Sorry for the extra zero values on the ranges. This map was done with an older version of QGIS which made it difficult to remove the extra zeros on the ranges. If I were to remake the map today, I would do it differently.

1.6 million Americans don’t have indoor plumbing. Here’s where they live.

1.6 million Americans don’t have indoor plumbing. Here’s where they live.

Actually, the data in this article under-represents that number of people without indoor plumbing, as the map only shows data on the county level versus the census blockgroup level.

That said, the merits of indoor plumbing vs composting toilets that are properly maintained in rural areas. Certainly indoor plumbing wastes lots of water, that takes a lot of energy to pump around and then clean and dispose of.