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Manufactured Home

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.

Shipments Data

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.

Placement and Average Sales Price Data

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.

Additional Notes

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:

Northeast

New England
    • Connecticut
    • Maine
    • Massachusetts
    • New Hampshire
    • Rhode Island
    • Vermont

    Middle Atlantic

    • New Jersey
    • New York
    • Pennsylvania

Midwest

East North Central
    • Illinois
    • Indiana
    • Michigan
    • Ohio
    • Wisconsin

West North Central

    • Iowa
    • Kansas
    • Minnesota
    • Missouri
    • Nebraska
    • North Dakota
    • South Dakota

South

South Atlantic
    • Delaware
    • District of Columbia
    • Florida
    • Georgia
    • Maryland
    • North Carolina
    • South Carolina
    • Virginia
    • West Virginia

East South Central

    • Alabama
    • Kentucky
    • Mississippi
    • Tennessee

West South Central

    • Arkansas
    • Louisiana
    • Oklahoma
    • Texas

West

Mountain

    • Arizona
    • Colorado
    • Idaho
    • Montana
    • Nevada
    • New Mexico
    • Utah
    • Wyoming

    Pacific

    • Alaska
    • California
    • Hawaii
    • Oregon
    • Washington


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Source: U.S. Census Bureau | Manufactured Homes Survey | (301) 763-1605  Last Revised: December 02, 2011