US housing starts jumped 1.2% month-over-month to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 1.547 million in November of 2020, beating market forecasts of 1.53 million. It is a new high reading since February. Single-family housing starts edged up 0.4 percent to 1.186 million and units in buildings with five units or more jumped 8 percent to 352,000. Housing starts surged 58.8 percent to 135,000 in the Northeast and 8.2 percent to 407 thousand in the West. In contrast, housing starts fell 4.9 percent to 196 thousand in the Midwest and 6 percent to 809 thousand in the South. source: U.S. Census Bureau

Housing Starts in the United States averaged 1428.61 Thousand units from 1959 until 2020, reaching an all time high of 2494 Thousand units in January of 1972 and a record low of 478 Thousand units in April of 2009. This page provides the latest reported value for - United States Housing Starts - plus previous releases, historical high and low, short-term forecast and long-term prediction, economic calendar, survey consensus and news. United States Housing Starts - data, historical chart, forecasts and calendar of releases - was last updated on December of 2020.

Housing Starts in the United States is expected to be 1460.00 Thousand units by the end of this quarter, according to Trading Economics global macro models and analysts expectations. Looking forward, we estimate Housing Starts in the United States to stand at 1450.00 in 12 months time. In the long-term, the United States Housing Starts is projected to trend around 1170.00 Thousand units in 2021 and 1270.00 Thousand units in 2022, according to our econometric models.

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United States Housing Starts

Actual Previous Highest Lowest Dates Unit Frequency
1547.00 1528.00 2494.00 478.00 1959 - 2020 Thousand units Monthly
Volume, SA


Calendar GMT Actual Previous Consensus TEForecast
2020-11-18 01:30 PM Housing Starts Oct 1.53M 1.459M 1.46M 1.445M
2020-11-18 01:30 PM Housing Starts MoM Oct 4.9% 6.3% 2.1%
2020-12-17 01:30 PM Housing Starts MoM Nov 1.2% 6.3% 0.1%
2020-12-17 01:30 PM Housing Starts Nov 1.547M 1.528M 1.53M 1.53M
2021-01-21 01:30 PM Housing Starts Dec 1.547M 1.55M
2021-01-21 01:30 PM Housing Starts MoM Dec 1.2% 0.2%
2021-02-18 01:30 PM Housing Starts Jan
2021-02-18 01:30 PM Housing Starts MoM Jan


News Stream
US Housing Starts Surprise on the Upside
US housing starts jumped 1.2% month-over-month to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 1.547 million in November of 2020, beating market forecasts of 1.53 million. It is a new high reading since February. Single-family housing starts edged up 0.4 percent to 1.186 million and units in buildings with five units or more jumped 8 percent to 352,000. Housing starts surged 58.8 percent to 135,000 in the Northeast and 8.2 percent to 407 thousand in the West. In contrast, housing starts fell 4.9 percent to 196 thousand in the Midwest and 6 percent to 809 thousand in the South.
2020-12-17
US Housing Starts Highest since February
Housing starts in the US jumped 4.9 percent to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 1.53 million units in October of 2020, from an upwardly revised 1.459 million in the previous month and beating market expectations of 1.46 million. It is the highest reading since February as single-family housing starts soared 6.4 percent to 1.179 million, while the volatile multi-family segment dropped 3.2 percent 334 thousand. Housing starts rose in the South (12.9 percent to 859 thousand), the West (4.2 percent to 374 thousand) and the Midwest (3.3 percent to 219 thousand) but sank 38.6 percent to 78 thousand in the Northeast.
2020-11-18
US Housing Starts Rise Less than Forecast
Housing starts in the US rose 1.9 percent to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 1.415 million units in September 2020, from a downwardly revised 1.388 million in the previous month and below market expectations of 1.457 million. Single-family housing starts jumped 8.5 percent to 1.108 million, while the volatile multi-family segment dropped 16.3 percent 307 thousand. Housing starts rose in the South (6.2 percent to 755 thousand), West (1.4 percent to 350 thousand) and Northeast (66.7 percent to 145 thousand); but dropped in the Midwest (-32.7 percent to 165 thousand).
2020-10-20
US Housing Starts Fall More than Expected
Housing starts in the US fell 5.1 percent to an annualized rate of 1,416 thousand in August of 2020, below market forecasts of 1,478 thousand and following a downwardly revised 1,492 thousand in July. The volatile multi-family segment dropped 25.4 percent to 375,000 while single-family housing starts went up 4.1 percent to 1,021,000. Starts went down in the Northeast (-33.1 percent to 89,000) and the South (-17.7 percent to 699,000) but increased in the Midwest (28.4 percent to 267,000) and the West (19.5 percent to 361,000).
2020-09-17

United States Housing Starts
Housing Starts refer to the number of new residential construction projects that have begun during any particular month. Estimates of housing starts include units in structures being totally rebuilt on an existing foundation.