10 Metros With Most Single-Family Homes

April 1, 2014

The Midwest boasts the largest share of single-family homes in the nation, excluding one West Coast metro that landed in the top 10. In an analysis of the nation's housing stock, the National Association of Home Builders examined the share of home owners living in single-family detached housing using statistics from the 2012 American Community Survey.

The national share of home owners living in single-family homes  is 82.3 percent. The following metro areas had the greatest concentration of single-family homes:

  1. Wausau, Wis.: 96.2%
  2. Modesto, Calif.: 94%
  3. Green Bay, Wis.: 94%
  4. Decatur, Ill.: 93.9%
  5. Fort Wayne, Ind.: 93.8%
  6. Omaha-Council Bluffs, Neb.-Iowa: 93.7%
  7. Lafayette, Ind.: 93.5%
  8. Lima, Ohio: 93.5%
  9. Appleton, Wis.: 93.4%
  10. Canton-Massillon, Ohio: 93.2%

Meanwhile, the NAHB analysis found that the metros with the lowest share of single-family detached homes were New York-White Plains-Wayne, N.Y.-N.J. (at 43.1%); Philadelphia, Pa. (at 54.5%); and Naples-Marco Island, Fla. (at 58.9%).

“In general, metro areas with low share of home owners living in single-family detached housing are also densely populated,” according to the NAHB study.

Source: “Top Metro Areas – Single Family Detached Construction,” NAHB Eye on Housing (March 31, 2014)

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