A manufactured home is defined as a movable dwelling, 8 feet or
more wide and 40 feet or more long, designed to be towed on its
own chassis, with transportation gear integral to the unit when
it leaves the factory, and without need of a permanent foundation.
These manufactured homes include multi-wides and expandable manufactured
homes. Excluded are travel trailers, motor homes, and modular housing.
The shipments figures are based on reports submitted by manufacturers
on the number of manufactured homes actually shipped during the
survey month. Shipments to dealers may not necessarily be placed
for residential use in the same month as they are shipped. The number
of manufactured "homes" used for nonresidential purposes
is not known.
The placement and average sales price figures are based on the
initial sale to private individuals for residential use. The MHS
does not collect data for resales, repossessions, or placements
for nonresidential use. Purchases by state, local and federal government
agencies (i.e., FEMA) are not included in the survey.
Average sales prices of new manufactured homes shown in the tables are reported by dealers who are instructed to include dealer set-up costs. In some cases, there may be additional costs to prepare units for occupancy not included in the sales prices reported.
Beginning in 1980, the average sales prices are computed from data for manufactured homes sold at or before the time they are placed on a site. Prices (values) of manufactured homes leased or sold after placement are not collected. The average sales price computation for manufactured homes placed prior to 1980 included not only the sales price of those sold, but also the intended sales price of those for sale and the value of leased manufactured homes.
The standard Census geographic regions/divisions are used in various tables. States contained in each region/division are as follows:
East North Central
West North Central
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