The number of Americans owning homes still hasn’t returned to the percentage it had attained before the recession, but one group, older buyers, is nudging close to 2006 levels, a U.S. Census Bureau study released Wednesday found.

Although people of all ages owned fewer homes in 2017 than 2006, last year the number of people age 65 and older were within about 2 percent of the home ownership level before the recession dampened the housing market starting in 2007.

Home ownership also depended on age. Up to 10 percent fewer people age 44 and younger owned houses last year, compared with in 2006.

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