Americans are moving to detached housing, despite popular belief

Data from the 2010 American Community Survey indicates that single-family detached housing attracted 79.2 percent of the new households in the 51 major metropolitan areas over the past decade.

November 02, 2011
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Data from the 2010 American Community Survey indicates that single-family detached housing attracted 79.2 percent of the new households in the 51 major metropolitan areas (over 1,000,000 population) over the past decade, according to New Geography.

On the opposing side, multi-unit buildings (apartments and condominiums) represented 11.8 percent of the new housing, while two-unit attached housing represented 11.3 percent of the increase. The “other” category declined 2.3 percent; this includes mobile homes and boats. A total of 4 million net new occupied detached houses were added in the largest metropolitan areas, while there were 590,000 additional apartments and condominiums and 570,000 attached houses.

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