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two_car_garageA majority of new homes that started construction in 2014 included two-car garages, according to NAHB analysis of Census Survey of Construction data.

For single-family constructions starts in 2014, 61.9 percent of homes included a two-car garage. Another 23.5 percent of homes possessed a garage large enough to hold three of more cars. Approximately 10 percent of homes were classified in the “other” category, which includes homes having a carport, off-street parking, or a driveway with no garage or carport.

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Three or more car garages were more likely to be found in certain parts of the nation. 50 percent of new homes in the West North Central Census Division (Minnesota, Iowa, Missouri, North Dakota, South Dakota, Nebraska and Kansas) had three or more car garages. The share was 42 percent in The Mountain Division (Idaho, Montana, Wyoming, Nevada, Colorado, Utah, Arizona, and New Mexico). The lowest shares of three-car garages in new homes were found in New England (11 percent), East South Central (12 percent), South Atlantic (13 percent) and Middle Atlantic (13 percent) Divisions.

Not surprisingly, the presence of three-car garages was correlated with home size, and larger homes tend to hold more people. For example, 43 percent of homes sized 3,000 to 5,000 square feet possessed three-car garages, compared to 13 percent of homes of 2,000 to 2,400 square feet.

Nonetheless, the data show that the two-car garage remains the most common parking option for newly-built homes. More than 396,000 homes that began construction in 2014 possessed two-car garages, according to the Census data.

Compared to ten years ago (2004 completion data), the numbers are only modestly different. For single-family homes completed in 2004, 64 percent had two-car garages, while 19 percent held garages with space for three or more cars.

View this original post on NAHB’s blog, Eye on Housing.

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