Characteristics of New Housing
Selected characteristics of new housing data are available on a quarterly basis from the bullet labeled
'Quarterly Starts and Completions by Purpose and Design (US and Regions)' on our
New Residential Construction web page. Ten quarterly tables show
single-family and multi-family units started and completed for the United States and four Census regions by
purpose of construction and design type. They also show the median and average square feet.
The printed publication 'Characteristics of New Housing', series C25 Annual, has been discontinued.
Statistics previously available in this publication will now be available on-line as PDF or Excel files.
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HISTORY TABLES (below are in PDF)
Entire set of the 200+ Tables (listed below) in
PDF Format or select from below to see individual tables.
To view the tables in Excel format, click here.
Characteristics of New One-Family Houses Completed:
Characteristics of Units in New Multi-Family Buildings Completed:
Characteristics of New Multi-Family Buildings Completed:
Effective with 2005 data, the Sales Price and Price per Square Foot ranges for New One-Family Houses Sold have been updated to better reflect
today's economic conditions. Characteristics of New One-Family Houses Sold tables will include data with the new ranges back to
2002. Data for the previous ranges for 1999 through 2004 are also available.
Characteristics of New One-Family Houses Sold:
Effective with 2005 data, the Price per Square Foot ranges for Contractor-Built Houses Started have been updated to better reflect
today's economic conditions. Characteristics of Contractor-Built Houses Started tables will include data with the new ranges back to
2002. Data for the previous ranges for 1994 through 2004 are also available.
Characteristics of Contractor-Built Houses Started:
HISTORIC ON-LINE PUBLICATIONS (PDF)
Historic Annual C25, "Characteristics of New Housing" Publications: (Years in parenthesis indicate the years published in that report that can be considered the most current information at this time.)
The ENERGY STAR program, managed by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), promotes energy-efficient products and homes that preserve natural resources and lessen greenhouse gas emissions, as well as reduce consumers' energy bills. The ENERGY STAR mark on a new home signifies that it uses significantly less energy for heating, cooling, and water heating than a standard home built to code. ENERGY STAR's Web site features a market index for each state and the District of Colombia that estimates ENERGY STAR's market penetration in the new homes sector. Each index utilizes housing permit data reported by the U.S. Census Bureau.
For questions, visit our Question and Answer Center at ask.census.gov or contact the Residential Construction Branch at