In James City County, 3/4 of households own the home they live in, while 1/4 rents the home they live in. Rental households are more at risk of instability due to changes in the housing market than owner households. It is also important to ensure there is an adequate supply of affordable rental housing in the county so that low-wage workers can afford to live close to where they work. If low-wage workers have to live farther away and commute into the county for work, it can cause significant increases in traffic congestion, transportation infrastructure-related expenses (i.e. the cost of building and maintaining more roads), and sprawling development. A lack of affordable housing options also makes it harder for businesses to attract and retain low-wage employees, creating negative impacts on local economic development. Read more about how affordable housing impacts the community (PDF).
More than 10,000 households include one or more person(s) who are 65 or older2. There are about 2,690 households that include one or more person(s) aged 60-642. Approximately 3,198 of those households are 1-person households, seniors 65 and older living alone3. Since seniors represent 35% of James City County’s households, ensuring that seniors have affordable, appropriate housing is an important consideration. Read more about housing for seniors (PDF).
There are 4,890 married-couple families with children under 18 years of age and 1,501 single-mother families with children under 18 years of age1.
1 U.S. Census Bureau. American Communities Survey, 2013 5-Year, Table B11003. 2 U.S. Census Bureau. American Communities Survey, 2013 5-Year, Table B11006. 3 U.S. Census Bureau. American Communities Survey, 2013 3-Year, Table B25116.
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