U.S. Department of Commerce

USA Statistics in Brief--Households, Housing, and Construction

HOUSEHOLDS1 2000 2005 2006 2007 2008
Households (million) 104.7 113.3 114.4 116.0 116.8
    One person households, percent of total 25.5 26.6 26.6 26.8 27.5
    Persons per household 2.6 2.6 2.6 2.6 2.6
Families, total (million) 72.0 76.9 77.4 78.4 77.9
Families with children under 18 years (million) 34.6 36.2 36.5 36.8 35.7
    Percent one-parent 27.0 28.4 28.8 28.8 29.5
HOUSING AND CONSTRUCTION 2000 2005 2006 2007 2008
Total housing units 1 (million) 119.6 123.9 126.0 128.0 130.1
    Occupied housing units (million) 105.7 108.2 109.6 110.3 111.4
        Percent owner-occupied 67.4 68.9 68.8 68.1 67.8
Value of new construction, total (billion dollars) 831 1,103 1,168 1,137 1,074
    Residential buildings, (billion dollars) 374 612 614 492 356
Building permits2 (1,000) 1,592 2,155 1,839 1,398 905
Housing starts (1,000) 1,569 2,068 1,801 1,355 906
New home sales (1,000) 877 1,283 1,051 776 485
Existing homes sales (1,000) 5,174 7,076 6,478 5,652 4,913

FOOTNOTES
1Beginning 2005, based on 2000 census population controls and an expanded sample.
2Beginning 2005, based on 20,000 place series (previously 19,000 series).


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Source: U.S. Census Bureau, Administrative and Customer Services Division