Q: How many US homes still contain lead-based paint?

Lead Based Paint (LBP) is present in 40% of all US housing

The Department of Housing and Urban Development’s (HUD) National Survey of Lead and Allergens in Housing estimated that 38 million permanently occupied housing units (40% of all housing units) in the United States contain some lead-based paint that was applied before the residential use of lead-based paint was banned in 1978.  “Housing units” include single-family homes, manufactured housing, and multi-unit dwellings like apartments.  Vacant housing, group quarters (e.g., prisons, hospitals, and dormitories), hotels, motels, and other short-term housing, military bases, and housing where children are not permitted to live (e.g., housing designated exclusively for the elderly and those with zero-bedroom units) are not included in this number.  More information on these statistics is available from HUD. Renovation of older homes has increased in the last ten years. 

Prevalence of lead in US housing.
















                                US HOMES CONTAINING LEAD BASED PAINTS