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About the Manufactured Housing Survey (MHS)


The Manufactured Housing Survey (MHS) is conducted by the U.S. Census Bureau and sponsored by the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). MHS produces monthly regional estimates of the average sales price for new manufactured homes and more detailed annual estimates including selected characteristics of new manufactured homes. In addition, MHS produces monthly estimates of homes shipped by status. The statistics on shipments of new manufactured homes are produced by the Institute for Building Technology and Safety (IBTS) and published by the Manufactured Housing Institute (MHI). MHS coverage includes all new manufactured homes that have received a Federal inspection (i.e., HUD-code homes). For more information on methodolgy click here.

Frequency of data products

Data on shipments are available on a monthly and annual basis going back to 1959.  Data on homes shipped by status are available on a monthly basis going back to January 2014. Data on average sales price of homes placed/sold or intended for sale by shipment month are available on a monthly and annual basis going back to 2014. Data on selected housing characteristics of placed homes is available annually back to 1980. In addition, a microdata file containing reported and imputed data for all sampled homes shipped that year is made available to data users annually (starting in 2014). The sample is updated each month. The survey is conducted monthly and has been since 1974.

Legal authority

Title 42, United States Code (U.S.C.), 5424 note, Title 13 U.S.C., Section 8(b), and Title 12 U.S.C., Section 1701z-1,  authorize this survey and provide for voluntary responses.  Title 13 U.S.C., Section 9, ensures that responses are confidential and only used for statistical purposes.

We never reveal your identity to anybody else

The Census Bureau is legally bound to strict confidentiality requirements. Individual records are not shared with anyone, including federal agencies and law enforcement entities. By law, the Census Bureau cannot share respondents' answers with anyone.

All Census Bureau employees take an oath of nondisclosure and are sworn for life to protect all information that could identify individuals. Disclosing ANY information that could identify you or your family means 5 years in prison, or $250,000 in fines, or both.

More specifically, the information you provide for the survey is collected under Title 13.  Click here for more information on Title 13 and how we protect your data.

Primary customers and users

The Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) uses the data to monitor total new housing production and its affordability. The Bureau of Economic Analysis uses the data as an input to estimates of residential fixed investment. Trade associations use the data for housing market analysis. Manufacturers and their suppliers use the estimates to monitor trends in prices and characteristics (e.g., floor area, number of bedrooms). Trade publications cite estimates in articles.

Key statistics produced

Total Shipments (Unadjusted and Seasonally Adjusted Annual Rate) and Shipments by State (unadjusted); Average Sales Price(unadjusted); and Total Shipments by Status (unadjusted).

Geographic detail

Estimates of Average Sales Price of Manufactured Homes Sold or Intended for Sale for Residential Use are available at national, region, division, and state level annually and region level monthly.

Estimates of Manufactured Home Shipments are available at the national and state level monthly.

Estimates of shipped homes by status are available at the national level monthly.

Estimates of selected characteristics of sold/placed homes are available by region.

Publication level of detail

Estimates of shipped homes by status  and annual characteristic data are published by size of home (single section, and multiple sections).

Estimates of average sales price and square footage are published by size of home (single, double, total).

Data dissemination

Data collection begins about 4 months after each shipment month and continues for about 11 business days. Reported data covers any change in status since the sampled home was shipped until data collection ends. Monthly survey results are placed on the Census website and include estimates of average sales price estimates of units sold/placed or intended for sale for residential use by geographical region and size of home and estimates of total shipments by status.

Annual data is released each June and placed on the Census website.  This includes average sales price by state and data on selected characteristics by location and size of home placed. Starting in 2014, a microdata file is released each June that includes collected or imputed data for all sampled shipments in the prior year.

Release and Revision Schedule

The monthly release schedule can be found here.  Data on total shipments are published each month along with revisions to total shipments for the prior two months. Monthly estimates of shipments by status and average sales price are not revised.  In the event of an unplanned data revision, revised data may be made available under “Updates” or under “Latest Data.” Internal Census Bureau policies are followed for notifying sponsors and primary stakeholders.

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