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Half of Single-Family Homes Constructed Last Year Were Single-Story


Half of Single-Family Homes Constructed Last Year Were Single-Story

June 24, 2021
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The share of homes with two or more stories and one-story homes constructed last year were equal to one another as single story home construction increases and multi-level home construction dips. Nationwide, new homes with two or more stories made up 50% of construction and single story homes made up the other 50%, but shares vary region to region. The Middle Atlantic and New England regions favor multi-story homes the most while East South Central and West South Central regions favored single storied homes. 

Looking deeper, four of the nine divisions saw a greater share of newly-built two or more stories homes. Among these four divisions, New England and Middle Atlantic had a significantly higher proportion (85% and 72%) of two or more stories homes. New homes started with two or more stories in South Atlantic and Pacific were 52% and 61%. The greatest concentrations of two-or-more story homes were in divisions along the coasts of the country.

New homes started in the Midwest and South showed a stronger preference of single-story homes, except for the South Atlantic division in the South. In the Midwest (East North Central and West North Central), 56% and 57% of new homes started were one-story, while the shares in the East South Central and West South Central were 61% and 62%.

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