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Updated June, 1998

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Housing Starts Figures

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Housing starts track the number of single-family homes and apartment units, also known as residential units, on which construction has actually begun. This is considered a more accurate measure than housing permit applications because it tracks the actual work being done to build new housing in the area. The data is presented quarterly.

Please note that the Washington, D.C.-Md.-Va.-W.V. Primary Metropolitan Statistical Area (PMSA) covers parts of Virginia, Maryland, West Virginia and the entire District of Columbia. New figures are released three to four months after the close of a quarter.









Housing Starts
In thousands of units. Data is measured in quarters.

Quarter1Q872Q873Q874Q871Q882Q883Q884Q88
Amount6.612.211.28.7911.310.78.2

Quarter1Q892Q893Q894Q891Q902Q903Q904Q90
Amount8.79.47.86.37.57.15.63.7

Quarter1Q912Q913Q914Q911Q922Q923Q924Q92
Amount3.66.35.23.85.46.45.45.3

Quarter1Q932Q933Q934Q931Q942Q943Q944Q94
Amount6.18.58.26.979.28.97.9

Quarter1Q952Q953Q954Q951Q962Q96 3Q96 4Q96
Amount57.487.05.09.8 8.3 6.7

Quarter 1Q97 2Q97 3Q97 4Q97
Amount6.68.28.46.4*

* Indicates preliminary figures. Revised figures will be released with next quarter's figures.
Source: New Residential Construction in Selected Metropolitan Areas

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