The NAHB calculated new single-family housing starts for the nine census divisions, including Pacific, Mountain, West North Central, West South Central, East North Central, East South Central, Middle Atlantic, South Atlantic, and New England. Eye on Housing's Jung Fu presents the results.
There were more than 100k new single-family units started in each of the South Atlantic and West South Central Divisions in 2015. The Mountain Division followed closely behind with 85,448 new single-family units for the year. These three divisions accounted for 60% of the total new single-family housing starts in 2015. There were also 76,661 new single-family units started in the Pacific Division and 68,005 units started in the East North Central Division in 2015.
It is obvious that not all of the nine divisions have experienced rapid growths over the past four years. Three of the divisions, including Mountain (114%), South Atlantic (92%) and New England Divisions (77%), grew even faster than the national level (66%) from the 2011 trough. The growth rates of the other six divisions were below the national level, with the slowest one, the West North Central Division, having a 29% growth rate from 2011 to 2015.