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Residential Construction Trends in America's Metropolitan Regions

Date: 12/19/2012

Residential Construction Trends in America’s Metropolitan Regions

EPA’s Smart Growth Program released a new report today examining residential construction trends in America’s metropolitan regions. The report finds that nearly three out of four large metropolitan regions saw an increased share of new
housing development in previously developed areas during 2005-2009 compared to 2000-2004. Known as infill housing, this type of development provides economic and public health benefits to metropolitan areas while protecting the local environment.
Infill housing has also been shown to help raise property values, increase a community’s tax base, and attract retail businesses to serve the larger residential population.

The report demonstrates that infill has become a significant portion of the U.S. housing market. Among all 209 metropolitan regions examined, 21 percent of new homes were infill, while the remaining share was built on undeveloped land outside existing communities. However, infill’s share varied widely among metropolitan
regions. Eight out of ten new homes in San Jose, California were infill. New York, Los Angeles, and San Francisco all saw a majority of new home construction in previously developed areas during the same period. However, in Austin, Texas, infill
accounted for only 7 percent of new housing construction. In medium-sized regions, such as Prescott, Arizona, infill’s share was as low as 2 percent.

Read the report and view a map<http://www.epa.gov/smartgrowth/pdf/residential%5Fconstruction%5Ftrends.pdf> showing regional trends.

Read the press release<http://yosemite.epa.gov/opa/admpress.nsf/d0cf6618525a9efb85257359003fb69d/494416dde865190d85257ad9005eb346!OpenDocument>.

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