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Types of Housing

Different types of housing (e.g., apartments, single family units, condominiums, and public housing developments) yield different average numbers of public school students who live in them. Understanding the characteristics of the current housing stock and the housing in which public school students live can help when planning for future facility needs. The housing analyses in this chapter build on the administrative data and housing classifications used in D.C. Policy Center’s report, “Taking Stock of the District’s Housing Stock: Capacity, Affordability, and Pressures on Family Housing.”

Citywide, the housing stock in Washington, DC consists of mostly apartment units (approximately 129,000 units) followed by single family homes (almost 93,500) and then condominiums (approximately 63,900). In addition, there are approximately 7,300 units in public housing sites owned and managed by the DC Housing Authority. (See the methodology section for definitions of the different housing types.)

Types of Housing Units - Citywide, 2017

Note: “Apartments – DCHA” represents apartment units in the 56 public housing sites owned and managed by the 
District of Columbia Housing Authority (DCHA).

Sources: DC Policy Center housing stock database (December 2017) with additional data and analyses by 
DME using administrative housing data from DC Vector Property Map datasets

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