Census Construction Data Goes Beyond the Basics
Trade industry groups like the National Association of Realtors® and National Association of Home Builders, private corporations and government agencies spew out reams of housing statistics, but when it comes to the real nitty-gritty it is hard to beat the U.S. Census Bureau. And the grittiest has got to be its annual report The Characteristics of New Housing. This report tells you, as Johnny Carson used to say EVERYTHING you wanted to know about the houses Americans build and buy.</p
The report for 2011 was released on Friday and here is some of the information about completed homes you can glean its dozens of tables.</p<ul
The report doesn’t neglect the multi-family sector. For example, of the 138,000 multi-family units completed, 44 percent had one bathroom, 4 percent had 1-1/2 baths, and 53 percent had two or more bathrooms. The average square footage was 1,408 and 12 percent of all units were age restricted.</p
The data covers construction materials, systems, and allows comparisons between houses built and houses sold. Some of the data is available back to the 1970s and information is available both nationally and by region. Tables are available in both PDF and EXCEL and in the latter format the user can manipulate the data to obtain greater detail. </p
The summary report and data tables are available at http://www.census.gov/construction/chars/.
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