Some detailed statistics on house building are available from the U.S.
Department of Housing and Urban Development, Office of Policy
Development and Research:
U.S. Housing Market Conditions, published quarterly, is a compilation
of statistical data and written reports. Tabular data indicate market
conditions on the national level and are presented for each quarter.
Historical data are also presented in summary tables. Overviews of
economic and housing market trends are presented for ten geographical
regions, the report for each of which includes a profile on a selected
The home page for all the collections is at
The summary of national data for 2002 is at
In 2002 a total of 1,650,700 housing units were completed, a
5-percent increase over 2001. Of these, 1,328,400 were single-family
completions, 6 percent more than in the previous year. Multifamily
completions were 287,300 in 2002, 2 percent more than in 2001.
In 2002, 1,726,300 permits[for construction of new housing] were
issued, a 5-percent increase over 2001. Of these, 1,319,100 were for
single-family units, up 7 percent over the previous year, and 333,700
were for multifamily permits, unchanged from 2001.
In 2002 a total of 1,704,900 units were started, an increase of 6
percent over the previous year. Of these, 1,359,700 were single-family
units, 7 percent more than in 2001. There were 306,300 multifamily
starts, 5 percent above 2001.
At the end of 2002 there were 1,001,400 units under construction, 4
percent more than at the end of 2001. Of these, 670,800 were
single-family units, 5 percent more than at the end of the previous
year, and 304,100 were multifamily units, 4 percent more than in
In 2002 a total of 169,000 manufactured homes were shipped, 13
percent fewer than in 2001.
Search strategy: "new homes" built US 2002