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New residential construction in the U.S. 1968-2020, per month

U.S. new home construction in November 2020 was around 150,000 units higher than it was in November 2019. There were approximately 1.29 million new privately-owned housing units starts in the United States in 2019. The lowest point for housing starts over the past decade was in 2009, just after the 2007-2008 global financial crisis. Since 2010, the number of housing units started has been on the increase. Statista offers a dedicated research page specifically on the U.S. housing market specifically as a starting point for additional investigation on this topic.

The impact of the global recession

The same trend can be seen in home sales over the past two decades. The volume of U.S. home sales began to drop in 2005 and continued until 2010, after which home sales began to increase again. This dip in sales between 2005 and 2010 suggests that supply was outstripping demand, which led to decreased activity in the residential construction sector.

Impact of recession on home buyers

The financial crisis led to increased unemployment and pay cuts in most sectors, which meant that potential home buyers had less money to spend. The median income of home buyers in the U.S. fluctuated alongside the home sales and starts over the past decade.

New housing starts in the United States from January 1968 to November 2020

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Release date

January 2021


United States

Survey time period

January 1968 to November 2020

Special properties

All figures are shown as a Seasonally Adjusted Annual Rate, or SAAR

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