Characteristics of New Homes Built in 2013

There were 569,000 new homes (single-family) completed in the U.S. last year. So what are popular features and finishes in new homes today? What does the “typical” new home have? Below is a summary of some of the characteristics of the new homes built in 2013 as detailed in a report by the U.S. Census Bureau:

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Of the 569,000 single-family homes completed in 2013:

  • 518,000 had air-conditioning (91%)
  • 59,000 had two or fewer bedrooms (10%)
  • 251,000 had four bedrooms or more (42%)
  • 27,000 had one and one-half bathrooms or less (5%)
  • 188,000 homes had three or more bathrooms (31%)
  • 166,000 had a full or partial basement (29%)
  • 91,000 had a crawl space 16%)
  • 312,000 had a slab or other type of foundation (55%)
  • 305,000 had two or more stories (54%)
  • 333,000 had a forced-air furnace (59%)
  • 216,000 had a heat pump as the primary heating system (38%)
  • 347,000 had a heating system powered by gas (61%)
  • 214,000 had a heating system powered by electricity (37%)
  • The average single-family house completed was 2,598 square feet


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