Over 847,000 new single-family units were started in 2017, up 9% across the country from the number of units started in 2016, according to an NAHB analysis of the Survey of Construction.

New single-family home starts exceeded 100,000 in the South Atlantic, West South Central and Mountain divisions in 2017. Taken together, these three regions represent 21 states, or 41% of the 50 states and Washington, D.C., and 60% of all new single-family home starts in 2017.

Most of the nine Census divisions experienced growth in single-family home starts from 2016 to 2017. The exception is the East South Central region (Mississippi, Alabama, Tennessee and Kentucky), where home starts fell 3%.

According to NAHB analysis of the SOC data, national new single-family housing starts reached 63% of the pre-recession normal (the average of housing starts between 2000 and 2003) in 2017.

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