Housing starts in the US rose 1.9 percent to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 1.415 million units in September 2020, from a downwardly revised 1.388 million in the previous month and below market expectations of 1.457 million. Single-family housing starts jumped 8.5 percent to 1.108 million, while the volatile multi-family segment dropped 16.3 percent 307 thousand. Housing starts rose in the South (6.2 percent to 755 thousand), West (1.4 percent to 350 thousand) and Northeast (66.7 percent to 145 thousand); but dropped in the Midwest (-32.7 percent to 165 thousand).

Housing Starts in the United States averaged 1428.28 Thousand units from 1959 until 2020, 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 October of 2020.

Housing Starts in the United States is expected to be 1280.00 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 1450.00 in 12 months time. In the long-term, the United States Housing Starts is projected to trend around 1170.00 Thousand units in 2021 and 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
1415.00 1388.00 2494.00 478.00 1959 - 2020 Thousand units Monthly
Volume, SA


Calendar GMT Actual Previous Consensus TEForecast
2020-09-17 12:30 PM Housing Starts Aug 1.416M 1.492M 1.478M 1.4M
2020-09-17 12:30 PM Housing Starts MoM Aug -5.1% 17.9% -5%
2020-10-20 12:30 PM Housing Starts Sep 1.415M 1.388M 1.457M 1.46M
2020-10-20 12:30 PM Housing Starts MoM Sep 1.9% -6.7% 2.8%
2020-11-18 01:30 PM Housing Starts Oct 1.415M 1.354M
2020-12-17 01:30 PM Housing Starts Nov


News Stream
US Housing Starts Rise Less than Forecast
Housing starts in the US rose 1.9 percent to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 1.415 million units in September 2020, from a downwardly revised 1.388 million in the previous month and below market expectations of 1.457 million. Single-family housing starts jumped 8.5 percent to 1.108 million, while the volatile multi-family segment dropped 16.3 percent 307 thousand. Housing starts rose in the South (6.2 percent to 755 thousand), West (1.4 percent to 350 thousand) and Northeast (66.7 percent to 145 thousand); but dropped in the Midwest (-32.7 percent to 165 thousand).
2020-10-20
US Housing Starts Fall More than Expected
Housing starts in the US fell 5.1 percent to an annualized rate of 1,416 thousand in August of 2020, below market forecasts of 1,478 thousand and following a downwardly revised 1,492 thousand in July. The volatile multi-family segment dropped 25.4 percent to 375,000 while single-family housing starts went up 4.1 percent to 1,021,000. Starts went down in the Northeast (-33.1 percent to 89,000) and the South (-17.7 percent to 699,000) but increased in the Midwest (28.4 percent to 267,000) and the West (19.5 percent to 361,000).
2020-09-17
US Housing Starts Beat Forecasts
Housing starts in the US surged 22.6 percent to an annualized rate of 1,496 thousand in July of 2020, above market forecasts of 1,240 thousand and following an upwardly revised 1,220 thousand in June. It is the highest reading since February, before the coronavirus crisis, and the biggest jump since October of 2016. Single-family housing starts jumped 8.2 percent to 940,000 and the volatile multi-family segment went up 56.7 percent to 547,000. Starts in the Northeast (35.3 percent to 157,000) and the South (33.2 percent to 830,000) saw the biggest increases. Starts also increased in the Midwest (5.8 percent to 201,000) and the West (5.8 percent to 308,000).
2020-08-18
US Housing Starts Beat Expectations
Housing starts in the US increased 17.3 percent to an annualized rate of 1,186 thousand in June of 2020, above market forecasts of 1,169 thousand and following an upwardly revised 1,011 thousand in May. It is the highest reading in three months, with the biggest increase seen in the Northeast (114.3 percent to 105 thousand). Starts also increased in the Midwest (29.3 percent to 181 thousand) and the South (20.2 percent to 606 thousand) but fell in the West (-7.5 percent to 294 thousand). Starts for the volatile multi-family segment surged 18.6 percent to 350 thousand and single-family housing which is the largest share of the housing market, went up 17.2% to 831 thousand. Year-on-year, housing starts fell 4 percent.
2020-07-17

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.