Leading apartment developers in the U.S. 2017-2018

With 6,935 unit starts in 2018, Alliance Residential was the leading apartment developer in the United States. The company – which was ranked fourth in 2017 – increased unit starts by 1,765 over the twelve months, representing the biggest year-on-year increase of the leading apartment developers.

Helping to meet the housing demand in the U.S.

Unit starts – also known as housing starts – refer to the number of new residential construction projects on which ground has already been broken. In the United States, the number of multifamily housing starts, which includes the development of apartments, has fallen slightly in recent years – the decline follows a six-year period of growth that saw the number of unit starts more than triple between 2009 and 2015. In comparison, the number of single-family housing starts in the United States was much higher at 876,000 units in 2018.

Apartment living increases in popularity

Alliance Residential is a real estate company that specializes in the development, construction, and management of multifamily residential properties. The number of completed multifamily housing units in the United States was around 274,000 in 2018, with apartment demand accounting for the greatest share of that figure. The average size of a newly built apartment in the United States was 941 square feet in 2018, an area that has declined by around 50 square feet since 2008.

Leading apartment developers in the United States in 2017 and 2018, by units started

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Release date

April 2019


United States

Survey time period

2017 and 2018

Supplementary notes

The source adds the following information: "when a company has no previous year's ranking, it can mean either this is the company's first time responding to the survey or the company was too small to make the list this year."

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