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More Homes Keep Their Cool

Created on July 18, 2011

More Homes Keep Their Cool

Households With Air Conditioning

Poor Households

41.2%

36.0%

All Households

78.3%

83.9%

2005 2001 1997 1993 1990 1987 1984 1980 1977 1974 1970

 

amenities poor

 

Note: Census officials define Americans as poor when family income falls below thresholds linked to family size. In 2009, a family of four was “poor” if annual cash income fell below $21,954.

Sources: U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, American Housing Survey, and U.S. Department of Energy, Residential Energy Consumption Survey, 2005.

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