Detached single-family housing still remains the most desired type of home among U.S. residents according to New Geography's Wendell Cox. Citing data from the latest 2014 American Community Survey, by the United States Census Bureau, Cox says that detached housing represented 82.4% of owned housing in the nation, up 1.8 percentage points from 80.6% in 2000.
Mobile homes ranked second with 6.4% ownership, followed by townhomes at 5.7%, condos at 5.4%, and boats, RVs, and vans at 1%.
There were approximately 4.7 million more detached houses in 2014 than in 2000. This means that 114 percent of the new owned housing stock was detached housing. Despite their second ranking among housing types, there were substantial losses in the number of mobile homes. In 2014 there were approximately 1.1 million fewer mobile homes and continuing losses could drop mobile homes below attached homes and apartments over the next decade.The preference for detached housing was pervasive, even in the metropolitan areas ... Nearly 71 percent of owned housing is detached in these metropolitan areas, which include New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Philadelphia, Washington, Boston and San Francisco.