Which Region of the US Built the Most New Homes in 2019?

2019 saw plenty of new homes being built across the United States. Find out which region built the most here.

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New homes seem to be popping up everywhere—and it's not your imagination. After the 2008 recession, building permits for new homes plunged from a high of 2.2 million per year in 2005 to less than 600,000, according to data from the U.S. Census Bureau. That figure was stagnant until 2012, when new-home construction rates began to rise. By 2018, 1.3 million building permits were issued for new residences.

ApartmentGuide analyzed the U.S. Census Bureau's building permits data to determine how new home construction rates varied across the U.S. Here's what they discovered.

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The South

New-home construction is booming in the South. More than half of all new building permits issued in the U.S. in the first half of 2019 were for residences here. That's 401,814 permits issued as of July 2019 out of a total of 773, 567, or 51.9 percent of all U.S. building permits. The average estimated value per residence was $194,100.

Interestingly, only 38.1 percent of Americans live in the South. But the South is home to some of the nation's fastest-growing cities, so the high number of building permits issued may indicate more people are relocating to this region.

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The West

The West took second place for highest growth, with 196,610 new residences, or 25.4 percent of the total. The homes here had an average value of $230,300, the highest in the nation. Fewer than 24 percent of Americans live in the West, but like the South, it's home to some of the nation's fastest-growing cities, such as San Diego, Denver and Las Vegas. In addition, many cities in the West are considered great places for job-hunters, so that, too, could be behind the strong new-home construction rate.

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The Midwest

In the bottom half of the list, the Midwest gained just 101,245 new homes, or 13.1 percent of the total. That doesn't mean there were no building hot spots in this region, however. For example, while the average metropolitan area issued 1,843 building permits in 2019, the Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington metro area in Minnesota (and into Wisconsin) issued 12,436 permits.

The average value of a new home in the Midwest was $211,700, or the second-highest in the nation. The higher cost of new-home construction there may be affecting the total number being built.

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The Northeast

The Northeast took last place in new-home construction rates, with just 73,898 building permits issued as of July 2019, or 9.6 percent of the total. The average home cost was $173,400, also the lowest in the nation. But the news from this region of the U.S. isn't all bad. The New York-Newark-Jersey City metro area of New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania issued 29,659 building permits in 2019, the third-highest in the nation.