Big, boxy apartment buildings are multiplying faster than ever
U.S. builders completed more apartments in large multi-unit buildings than ever before
Amid the materials shortages, price hikes and other craziness of the housing market last year, something remarkable happened. U.S. builders completed more apartments in large multi-unit buildings than ever before.
Yes, these numbers only go back to 1972, but with other statistics indicating that 1972-1974 marked the all-time peak in overall U.S. apartment construction, it seems safe to say that the 214,000 housing units completed in buildings of 50 units or more in 2021 has never been surpassed.
This news, contained in annual Characteristics of New Housing data that the Census Bureau released with little fanfare earlier this month, may come as something of a surprise amid a pandemic that emptied downtown office buildings and brought real estate bidding wars to outer suburbs and mountain resorts. Big apartment buildings don’t really seem to match the moment.
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