2011 Characteristics of New Housing
This report provides annual statistics on the characteristics of new privately owned residential structures for the U.S. and the nation’s four regions — Northeast, South, Midwest and West. The statistics are gathered from the Census Bureau’s Survey of Construction, and the report includes characteristics such as type of wall material, number of bedrooms and bathrooms, type of financing, heating and square footage.
A Few Highlights from the 2011 Report:
- The average single-family house completed was 2,480 square feet. In 2010, the average single-family house was 2,392 square feet.
- 33% of the new single-family homes sold in the U.S. had vinyl siding as the principal type of exterior wall material. For attached single-family homes sold, it was 41% and for detached single-family homes sold, it was 32%.
- 88% of all single-family homes completed had air-conditioning. By region, the proportions were 81% in the Northeast, 91% in the Midwest, 99% in the South, and 62% in the West.
- 39% of single-family homes completed had 4 or more bedrooms. 48% of them had 3 bedrooms.
- Of the single-family homes completed with 4 or more bedrooms, 57% had 3 or more bathrooms.
- 19% of new single-family homes sold had a garage that could hold 3 or more cars.