New Census Housing Report Opens Door to Stats

by Arkansas Business Staff  on Monday, Jun. 10, 2013 12:00 am  

The U.S. Census Bureau last week released its annual report on new privately owned residences. The report includes information about the number of bedrooms, bathrooms and other elements of residential construction completed in the United States in 2012. The agency gathers the information from its Survey of Construction, which is partly paid for by the U.S. Department of Housing & Urban Development.

For more information, including highlights of multifamily residential construction, click here to see this section of the U.S. Census' website.

Of the 483,000 single-family homes completed in 2012:

  • 432,000 had air conditioning.
  • 63,000 had two or fewer bedrooms and 198,000 had four bedrooms or more.
  • 34,000 had one and one-half bathrooms or less; 145,000 homes had three or more bathrooms.
  • 142,000 had a full or partial basement, while 78,000 had a crawl space, and 263,000 had a slab or other type of foundation.
  • 266,000 had two or more stories.
  • 278,000 had a warm-air furnace and 183,000 had a heat pump as the primary heating system.
  • 285,000 heating systems were powered by gas and 189,000 were powered by electricity.
  • The average single-family house completed was 2,505 SF.



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