Deck data, from the Census Survey of Construction, analyzed by the NAHB.

The answer to the patio vs. deck challenge may depend, of course, on where that piece of ground is that is the home-site. Just released data from the Census Bureau’s Survey of Construction suggests a geographic pattern in the exterior amenities in newly-built homes. National Association of Home Builders research staffer Ashok Chaluvadi studies the data, and details which home features prevail for each region. Chaluvadi writes,

“The Census Bureau’s SOC data is available by the nine census divisions. Patios are most common in new homes in the West South Central (79% of new homes started in 2014), followed by the Mountain (66 %) and Pacific divisions (65%). Patios are least common in the Middle Atlantic (24%), New England (25 %) and East South Central divisions (38%). These shares have remained relatively stable since 2009.

One the other hand, decks are most common in New England (included in 66% of homes started in 2014), followed at a distance by the East South Central (47%) and West North Central (45%) divisions. Decks are comparatively uncommon in the West South Central division (4%). Elsewhere, 18% to 26% of the new homes started in 2014 had decks. These geographic tendencies have also remained relatively stable since 2009.”

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