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All data are in thousands of units.

Housing start = The start of construction of a privately-owned housing unit is when excavation begins for the footings or foundation of a building intended primarily as a housekeeping residential structure and designed for nontransient occupancy. All housing in a multifamily building is defined as being started when excavation for the building has begun. 

(6) Northeast includes: Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Connecticut, New York, New Jersey & Pennsylvania. (7) Midwest includes: Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Michigan, Wisconsin, Iowa, Minnesota, Missouri, North & South Dakota, Nebraska, & Kansas. (8) South includes: Delaware, Maryland, District of Columbia, Virginia, West Virginia, North & South Carolina, Georgia, Florida, Kentucky, Tennessee, Alabama, Mississippi, Arkansas, Louisiana, Oklahoma, and Texas. (9) West includes: Montana, Idaho, Wyoming, Colorado, New Mexico, Arizona, Utah, Nevada, Washington, Oregon, California, Alaska, & Hawaii.

Source: U.S. Bureau of the Census, Construction Reports, Series C-20, Housing Starts.

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