United States Housing Starts  1959-2018 | Data | Chart | Calendar

Housing starts in the US jumped 9.2 percent from a month earlier to an annualized rate of 1,282 thousand in August of 2018, recovering from a 0.3 percent drop in July and beating market expectations of a 5.8 percent rise. Starts increased in the South, the Midwest and the West and were flat in the Northeast. Housing Starts in the United States averaged 1433.04 Thousand units from 1959 until 2018, 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.

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US Housing Starts Above Forecasts


Housing starts in the US jumped 9.2 percent from a month earlier to an annualized rate of 1,282 thousand in August of 2018, recovering from a 0.3 percent drop in July and beating market expectations of a 5.8 percent rise. Starts increased in the South, the Midwest and the West and were flat in the Northeast.

Single-family homebuilding, which accounts for the largest share of the housing market, increased 1.9 percent to a rate of 876 thousand units in August; and starts for the volatile multi-family housing segment surged 27.3 percent to a rate of 392 thousand. Starts rose in the Midwest (9.1 percent to 191 thousand), the West (19.1 percent to 318 thousand) and the South (6.5 percent to 674 thousand), but were steady in the Northeast (at 99 thousand). Starts for July were revised to 1,174 thousand from 1,168 thousand.

Building permits dropped 5.7 percent to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 1,229 thousand, the lowest reading since May of 2017. It compares with market expectations of a 0.1 percent decline to 1,310 thousand and follows a 1.5 percent rise in July. Single-family authorizations fell 6.1 percent to 820 thousand and multi-family permits decreased 4.9 percent to 409 thousand. Declines were seen in all regions: Northeast (-19.2 percent to 101 thousand), the Midwest (-1.7 percent to 178 thousand), the West (-8.4 percent to 304 thousan) and the South (-2.9 percent to 646 thousand). 

Year-on-year, housing starts increased 9.4 percent while building permits fell 5.5 percent.


US Census Bureau | Joana Taborda | joana.taborda@tradingeconomics.com
9/19/2018 12:53:29 PM



Calendar GMT Actual Previous Consensus TEForecast
2018-07-18 12:30 PM Housing Starts 1.173M 1.337M 1.32M 1.29M
2018-08-16 12:30 PM Housing Starts 1.168M 1.158M 1.26M 1.2M
2018-09-19 12:30 PM Housing Starts 1.282M 1.174M 1.235M 1.171M
2018-10-17 12:30 PM Housing Starts 1.282M 1.25M
2018-11-20 01:30 PM Housing Starts
2018-12-18 01:30 PM Housing Starts


United States Housing Last Previous Highest Lowest Unit
Building Permits 1229.00 1303.00 2419.00 513.00 Thousand [+]
Housing Starts 1282.00 1174.00 2494.00 478.00 Thousand units [+]
New Home Sales 627.00 638.00 1389.00 270.00 Thousand [+]
Pending Home Sales -2.30 -2.40 30.90 -24.30 percent [+]
Existing Home Sales 5340.00 5340.00 7250.00 1370.00 Thousand [+]
Construction Spending 0.10 -0.80 5.90 -4.80 percent [+]
Housing Index 0.20 0.40 1.20 -1.80 percent [+]
Nahb Housing Market Index 67.00 67.00 78.00 8.00 [+]
Mortgage Rate 4.88 4.84 10.56 3.47 percent [+]
Mortgage Applications 1.60 -1.80 49.10 -38.80 percent [+]
Case Shiller Home Price Index 213.07 212.00 213.07 100.00 Index Points [+]
Home Ownership Rate 64.30 64.20 69.20 62.90 percent [+]


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. . 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 - actual data, historical chart and calendar of releases - was last updated on September of 2018.

Actual Previous Highest Lowest Dates Unit Frequency
1282.00 1174.00 2494.00 478.00 1959 - 2018 Thousand units Monthly
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housing starts by Country
Country Last
Canada 200.99 Aug/18
France 32000.00 Jul/18
Japan -0.70 Jul/18
Russia 5.20 Aug/18
Spain 0.89 Mar/18
Turkey 8723.00 Jun/18
United Kingdom 39890.00 Mar/18
United States 1282.00 Aug/18


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