How many Washington County housing units lack plumbing or kitchens?
The ACS asks questions about the presence of hot and cold running water, a bathtub or shower, a sink with a faucet, a stove or range, and a refrigerator to create statistics about indicators of housing quality. Federal and local governments in Washington County use these estimates to identify areas eligible for housing assistance, rehabilitation loans, and other programs that help people access and afford decent, safe, and sanitary housing. Washington County public health officials may also use this information to locate areas in danger of ground water contamination and waterborne diseases.
While the presence of these facilities in the home has increased over time, there are still areas in Washington County where they are not available. Individual items (hot and cold running water, etc.) are asked about separately on the ACS to allow housing analysts to evaluate individual indicators of housing quality, and determine which items are lacking in particular areas.