This year is the first time the U.S. Census Bureau is able to compare two non-overlapping five year groups of homeownership rates. In other words, this is the first time we get a glimpse of where people actually own the homes they live in.
The map shows that many counties experienced decreases in home ownership rates throughout the country. Standing out the most are the states of California, Michigan, and Florida, where most counties experienced a decrease of homeowners.
Decreases, marked by the color purple, are more prevalent in counties with big cities. The color yellow represented no change in homeownership rate, and it is the predominant color found on the map, especially in middle parts of the country.
A few specks of green, representing where homeownership increased, can be seen strewn throughout the country, especially in the middle.