The number of new housing units essentially stayed flat between 2010 and mid-2011, up by about 22,500 or less than 1 percent, according to the U.S. Census Bureau.
Westchester, Rockland, Orange and Dutchess were among the eight New York counties to gain more than 500 new housing units since the 2010 Census, according to estimates released Thursday. Outside the New York City area, Monroe and Saratoga were the only two counties to add more than 500 housing units.
The Census’ estimates are based on reports of approved building permits. The data helps to estimate population.
Overall, New York’s housing stock grew from 8,108,103 to 8,119,364 from 2010 to the middle of last year, the Census reported.
Between the Census and mid-2011, Westchester gained 767 housing units, Rockland gained 502 and Putnam, 197 units. Dutchess added 793 units.
Suffolk County added the most housing in the state, at 3,010 units. Saratoga added 858 units, and Monroe County added 1,220 — second only to Suffolk.
Queens lost nearly 3,000 housing units, and Manhattan lost about 1,000 units. Upstate, Erie County lost the most: 568, or .1 percent of its housing stock.
As a percentage of housing, Seneca County in the Finger Lakes had the largest increase in housing, up 1.1 percent, or an increase of 182 units. Lewis County had the biggest decline, a .6 percent drop, or a loss of 90 units.