Housing starts in the US sank 6 percent month-over-month to an annualized rate of 1580 thousand in January of 2021, from an almost 14-year high of 1680 thousand reached in December and compared with market forecasts of 1658 thousand. Single-family housing starts were at a rate of 1162 thousand, 12.2 percent below the revised December figure of 1323 thousand. The rate for units in buildings with five units or more was 402 thousand, 16.2 percent above the December reading of 346 thousand. Sales plunged in the Midwest (-12.3 percent to 221 thousand), the West (-11.4 percent to 396 thousand) and the South (-2.5 percent to 829 thousand). In contrast, sales in the Northeast increased 2.3 percent to 134 thousand source: U.S. Census Bureau

Housing Starts in the United States averaged 1429.13 Thousand units from 1959 until 2021, 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 February of 2021.

Housing Starts in the United States is expected to be 1200.00 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 1170.00 in 12 months time. In the long-term, the United States Housing Starts is projected to trend around 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
1580.00 1680.00 2494.00 478.00 1959 - 2021 Thousand units Monthly
Volume, SA


Calendar GMT Actual Previous Consensus TEForecast
2021-01-21 01:30 PM Housing Starts MoM Dec 5.8% 3.1% 0.2%
2021-01-21 01:30 PM Housing Starts Dec 1.669M 1.578M 1.56M 1.55M
2021-02-18 01:30 PM Housing Starts MoM Jan -6% 8.2% -0.7%
2021-02-18 01:30 PM Housing Starts Jan 1.58M 1.68M 1.658M 1.658M
2021-03-17 12:30 PM Housing Starts Feb 1.58M 1.62M
2021-03-17 12:30 PM Housing Starts MoM Feb -6% 2.3%
2021-04-16 12:30 PM Housing Starts MoM Mar
2021-04-16 12:30 PM Housing Starts Mar


News Stream
US Housing Starts Fall from 2006-Highs
Housing starts in the US sank 6 percent month-over-month to an annualized rate of 1580 thousand in January of 2021, from an almost 14-year high of 1680 thousand reached in December and compared with market forecasts of 1658 thousand. Single-family housing starts were at a rate of 1162 thousand, 12.2 percent below the revised December figure of 1323 thousand. The rate for units in buildings with five units or more was 402 thousand, 16.2 percent above the December reading of 346 thousand. Sales plunged in the Midwest (-12.3 percent to 221 thousand), the West (-11.4 percent to 396 thousand) and the South (-2.5 percent to 829 thousand). In contrast, sales in the Northeast increased 2.3 percent to 134 thousand.
2021-02-18
US Housing Starts Highest in 14 Years
Housing starts in the US surged 5.8 percent month-over-month to an annualized rate of 1669 thousand in December of 2020, beating market forecasts of 1560 thousand. It is the highest reading since September of 2006, amid a surge in single family starts in the Midwest as people move away from the big cities due to the pandemic. Single-family housing starts jumped 12 percent to 1338 thousand while units in buildings with five units or more sank 15.2 percent to 312,000. Housing starts surged 32.1 percent to 251,000 in the Midwest, 10.2 percent to 453 thousand in the West and 5.5 percent to 858 thousand in the South. In contrast, starts fell 34.8 percent to 107 thousand in the Northeast.
2021-01-21
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

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.