Housing & the Economyfacebook

Housing is still the most important single asset on the household balance sheet and a crucial investment for the future.

Housing's Direct Economic Impact

Residential construction stimulates the economy directly by generating jobs, wages and tax revenues and indirectly as the demand for goods and services created by the construction of new homes "ripples" through the economy.

Impact of Single-Family Construction The construction of 1,000 single-family homes generates 2,448 full-time jobs in construction and construction-related industries; $79.4 million in wages; and $42.5 million in combined federal, state and local revenues and fees.

Impact of Multifamily Construction The construction of 1,000 multifamily units generates 1,030 full-time jobs in construction and construction-related industries; $33.5 million in wages; and $17.8 million in combined federal, state and local tax revenues and fees.

Although it's difficult to gauge the indirect impact, the direct impact of residential construction on the economy is significant.

SOURCE: National Association of Home Builders
Local Housing Stats
Alachua County, Year To Date Statistics:
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Eye On Housing Blog

Updated daily, 'Eye on Housing" is a NAHB blog featuring economics and housing policy analysis.

The Economics of Housing Affordability

Often, policies that increase costs or constrain housing production are made in the absence of complete information. Housing is a highly regulated industry, perhaps the only U.S. industry where a separate permit is required for each unit of production. Moreover, permit approval is under the control of local elected officials whose constituencies are often dominated by owners of existing homes. In the absence of solid information about existing affordability problems, elected officials may make un-informed decisions. Found in this section are reports on the price of building materials, which can show how certain costs that are beyond the control of local home builders are on the rise. The NAHB-Wells Fargo Housing Opportunity Index is a measure of affordability produced quarterly for dozens of different metropolitan areas across the country. Additional information includes the positive economic consequences of home building to counter statements such as “housing doesn’t pay for itself.”

NAHB Housing Statistics

Housing data and primary indicators of the industry are housed in one easy-to navigate location containing historical and current sets of statistics such as: Housing Starts (by Region & Structure Type), Homes Sold by Region, Producer Price Indexes (for Building Materials), Manufactured Homes, New Home Characteristics, Residential Vacancy & Absorption Rates, Units Under Construction, Value of New Construction, and many more.

U.S. Census Bureau Construction Statistics 

The U.S. Census Bureau keeps track of different statistics regarding permits, housing units, residential sales, and many others on a monthly basis.

MapStats: Alachua County 

This site has statistics on the population of Alachua County, economy stats, housing units, and many more.

UF Bureau of Economic & Business Research

BEBR produces Florida's official state and local population estimates and projections, economic analysis, transportation studies, and more.