Settlement Spaces - Housing data

Settlement Spaces helps users understand the increasingly diverse housing characteristics of consumers. The typology accounts for critical housing-related characteristics, independent of many population characteristics typically associated with geodemographic segmentation systems. The result is an actionable, data-driven understanding of how households live in an urbanizing economy.


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  • More accurately measure dynamic changes in population over time, for a better understanding of your customer base.
  • Drive better-informed marketing decisions.
  • Optimize site selection modeling for future expansions.


  • Accounts for a wide range of relevant variables, including:
    • Population density
    • Commuting patterns
    • Housing tenure
    • Building type
    • Dwelling size
  • Offers twelve settlement space types with geographic, economic and social significance
    Numbers each space according to the average population density of all the block groups that comprise it


  • Developed with input data from the US Census Bureau and the American Community Survey
  • Includes a Block group to Settlement Spaces match-up file that correlates the two geographies using Pitney Bowes’ Estimates and Projections data
  • Provides a benchmark file with the estimated number of households, total population, and number of households by Settlement Spaces broken down by several geographies

Coverage details

  • Coverage: United States
  • Release Schedule: Annually
  • Unit of Sale: National