Homeowners in the Austin metro area are doggone nuts about pets. According to new data from the U.S. Census Bureau, Austin has the largest share of pets among homeowners in 25 major U.S. metro areas, tied with Oklahoma City.
Close to two-thirds of homeowners in the Austin area (64 percent) had pets in 2013. That compares with an average of 55 percent for homeowners surveyed by the Census Bureau.
Information about the Austin area’s pet population is just one of the tidbits in a new Census Bureau profile of the region’s housing market in 2013. Here are other fascinating facts about owner-occupied homes in the Austin area:
- 26 percent had at least three vehicles
- 28 percent had no mortgage
- 37 percent had children
- 86 percent had a garage or carport
- 16 percent had rooms set aside just for business purposes
- 61 percent had a working fireplace
- 38 percent had at least four bedrooms
- 65 percent had a separate dining room
- 94 percent had a porch, deck, balcony or patio
- 4.2 percent had seen signs of mice in the previous 12 months
- 1.6 percent had waterfront property
The figures are based on Census Bureau interviews with more than 3,400 households in the Austin area.