Septic Systems: Who Is Using Them And Where?

Septic systems are certainly becoming a popular means of waste disposal across the country. More and more families rely on these systems to keep their household – and their local environment – in clean and working order.

But who uses septic systems in America, and just how common are they?

Take a closer look at the statistics and demographics of septic systems. See how they are rising in popularity because of their green contribution to the environment.

Wondering how they are better for the environment? See this recent post for details.


Septic System Use Across the Country

According to the most recent data from the U.S. Census Bureau, roughly 20% of people across the country use septic systems versus community or municipal sewer systems for waste disposal. However, this percentage varies widely depending on the specific region in America.

The New England states have the highest proportion of residences that utilize septic systems, with more than half of homes using septic systems in New Hampshire and Maine. And roughly 55% of homes using septic systems are in Vermont.

In the southeastern United States, roughly a third of all residences use septic systems, which includes roughly 48% of homes in North Carolina, 42% of homes in South Carolina, and 40% of homes in Kentucky.


Septic System Use in the Future

Recent data conducted by both the U.S. Census Bureau and independent studies have found that septic system use is on the rise. Roughly one third of all new housing developments across the country are utilizing septic systems, (even in urban areas). And this number continues to grow.

Several reasons attribute to the rise in popularity of septic systems.

For one thing, more developments are being created in more rural areas where sewer systems aren’t readily available.

For another, many city sewer systems are starting to age and have problems with overuse. Hence both developers and homeowners are wary of connecting to these deteriorating systems.

And finally, the development of more modern septic tanks with high-density polyethylene instead of concrete has resulted in easier installation. And with this lighter and more durable material, these new tanks have fewer problems down the road.


The Bottom Line for National Septic System Use

Simply put, septic system use is on the rise across the country. The exceptions are cities and urban areas and developments with small or no plots of land.

For many years, septic systems garnered a bit of a bad reputation, as new housing developments boomed during the 1990s and early 2000s. With too much development too quick, poorly constructed concrete tanks became more common. This resulted in headaches for homeowners just a few years after they were first installed.

But as recent statistics show, these issues – and this wariness – is no longer the case. Today, modern septic tanks are constructed with high quality materials that make them resistant to leaks, corrosion, chemicals, and other issues. These issues plagued the old fashioned concrete varieties. Luckily, installing these new designs is more cost effective, timely, and seamless than ever.


So when it comes to wastewater disposal for your current and future home, rest assured that a modern septic tank can provide years of peace of mind, while making a minimal impact on your local environment.

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