Based on data from public-use microdata files provided by Census Bureau’s Survey of Construction, the National Association of Home Builders tracked the new, single-family housing starts for each of the nine U.S. census divisions for 2015, NAHB’s Eye on Housing blog reports.
The South Atlantic had the most new single-family starts of any division at 212,684. West South Central had 130,120 starts and was the only other division to breach the 100,000-unit mark.
Meanwhile, the Mountain division, the largest division in terms of area, had 85,448 starts. The Pacific wasn’t far behind at 76,661. New England and the Middle Atlantic had the lowest amount of starts in terms of sheer numbers at 18,954 and 35,971 units respectively.
The Mountain, South Atlantic, and New England divisions grew faster than the national average while the other six divisions were below the national growth rate. The West North Central division has grown at the slowest rate since 2011.