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3 Maps Showing 2017 versus 2016 Housing Starts in American States

The three maps in this infographic focus attention on the 2017-over-2016 percentage changes in homebuilding activity in America’s states. Therefore, the shadings in the maps are based on permits data (in units). The total number of new home permits in the U.S. in 2017 was +6% compared with 2016. States shaded in blue − for chillier − had year-over-year increases that were +6% or less. Map 1 has coloring for all the states, mixing together both greens and blues. Maps 2 and 3 are for specific hues. Map 2 shows that most of the larger housing starts increases occurred in the west and the east. In the west, it was mainly in the southern corner and in the northern mountain states. Map 2: 2017 versus 2016 U.S. State Housing Starts (in Units) (greater than the U.S. nation-wide rate of +6%) From Map 3, it’s apparent that the states with only average or weaker performances of housing starts last year were in the northwest, the southeast and most notably in the middle of the country. Map 3: 2017 versus 2016 U.S. State Housing Starts (in Units) (equal to or less than the U.S. nation-wide rate of +6%) Rank State/District % Change 1 District of Columbia 29% 2 Hawaii 20% 3 New York 19% 4 Arkansas 18% 5 Delaware 17% 6 Idaho 16% 7 Mississippi 14% 7 North Carolina 14% 7 Wyoming 14% 10 California 13% 11 Illinois 12% 11 Massachusetts 12% 13 Maine 11% 13 South Carolina 11% 15 Indiana 10% 15 Nebraska 10% 17 Colorado 9% 17 Michigan 9% 19 Montana 8% 19 Nevada 8% 19 New Jersey 8% 19 Pennsylvania 8% 19 Virginia 8% 24 Ohio 7% 24 West Virginia 7% 26 Arizona 6% 26 Utah 6% 26 Washington 6% 29 Oregon 5% 29 Texas 5% 31 Florida 4% 31 Louisiana 4% 31 Tennessee 4% 34 Alaska 3% 35 Kentucky 2% 36 Alabama 0% 37 Wisconsin -1% 38 New Mexico -2% 38 South Dakota -2% 40 Georgia -3% 40 Rhode Island -3% 42 Iowa -4% 42 Kansas -4% 44 Maryland -5% 45 Minnesota -6% 45 Missouri -6% 45 New Hampshire -6% 45 Vermont -6% 49 Oklahoma -11% 50 Connecticut -14% 51 North Dakota -15%