Census Bureau Releases New Report on Aging-Ready Homes

Census Bureau Releases New Report on Aging-Ready Homes

The U.S. Census Bureau released a new report showing that about four million U.S. households with an adult age 65 or older had difficulty living in or using some features of their home.

The report, Aging-Ready Homes in the United StatesPerception Versus Reality of Aging-Accessibility Needs: 2019, examines whether U.S. homes are prepared for an aging population and is based on data from the 2019 American Housing Survey (AHS).


  • About 50 million or 40 percent of U.S. homes had what were considered to be the most basic, aging-ready features — a step-free entryway into the home and a bedroom and full bathroom on the first floor.
  • New England had the smallest share (19.6 percent) of aging-ready homes.
  • Over half (about 57 percent) of older households reported their home met their accessibility needs very well.
  • Only six percent of older households had plans to renovate their home in the near future to improve accessibility.
  • About four million or 11 percent of older households reported difficulty living in or using their home. The share increased to nearly 25 percent among households with a resident age 85 or older.

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Darryl Hicks

Darryl Hicks is Vice President of Communications for the National Reverse Mortgage Lenders Association. In this capacity, Hicks writes for NRMLA's publications, manages the association's web sites and social media accounts, assists committees and the Board of Directors, and manages the Certified Reverse Mortgage Professional designation. Prior to joining NRMLA in 1999, Hicks spent three years in the Washington, D.C. bureau for National Mortgage News.