Note: The Percentages are mutually exclusice. Source: 2011 American Housing Survey
Facts About New Housing in 2012
% of Total Occupied Units
Housholds with Children
Rooms Used for Business
Have 3+ Vehicles
Have a Usable Fireplace
Have 4+ Bedrooms
Have 2+ Completed Bathrooms
Have an Energy Star Refrigerator
Note: Percentages are mutually exclusive. Source: 2011 American Housing Survey
Distribution of Housing Unit Occupancy, by Area
2005 vs. 2012 (States with Lowest %)
District of Columbia
Formula: Homeownership Rate = owner occupied housing units divided by total occupied units multiplied by 100. Source: United States Census Bureau
Housing statistics within the U.S. are analyzed to forecast trends in the economy. This data is presented on many levels including on regional, state and/or national levels. Below are some resources providing this analysis:
United States Census Bureau: This government agency's webpage provides statistics such as historical housing data, rental data, multifamily housing, homeownership and comparability of housing data from different sources.
Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC): Otherwise known as Canada's national housing agency, this government-owned entity now provides data on mortgage-backed securities, the latest housing research, and policies and programs within Canada's housing market.
British Columbia Statistics: This organization is the leader in statistical data in the province of British Columbia, Canada, boasting the largest amount of statistical services and expertise in the nation.
Metro Dataline: Part of the Mid-America Regional Council, Metro Dataline provides economic and housing data for the greater Kansas City area.
Trading Economics: This international company is a global provider of historical data, exchange rates and other economic trends.
Housing Market Data
Facts About Housing in 2012
Number of Homes/Units
Single family homes build
Single family homes sold
Multifamily homes build
Multifamily buildings completed
Source: United States Census Bureau
The housing market comprises of the selling and buying of homes within a particular country (and can be further broken down by county, state or region.)
Performance of the housing market has a direct and critical impact on the economy. You'll find the latest market information from the sources below.
Housing Views: This housing market blog run by Standard and Poor's produces and presents analytical reports, commentary and other data regarding housing prices, home financing and many other housing topics.
Daily Finance: Daily Finance provides tools, information, statistical data and other analytical information to assist consumers with financial decisions.
Moody's Analytics: This leading organization produces and provides economic data, models and statistical forecasts on both the macro- and micro-economic scale.
British Parliament: U.K.'s highest legislative body provides data from the Bank of England on approved mortgages and house purchases, contributing to the housing indicator data for England.
Freddie Mac: Chartered by Congress, this organization's goal is aimed at stabilizing the housing market in the U.S. Their economic and housing research is compiled by professional economists including Chief Economist Frank Nothaft.
Federal Reserve Bank of New York: New York's federal reserve bank supplies data on the distribution of house prices by county as well as geographic distribution of year-over-year house price changes.
Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis: This organization is responsible for creating in-depth analyses of how district economies are likely to fare in response to certain economic and housing indicators.
Bank of England: Founded in 1694, the Bank of England is responsible for creating and publishing Quarterly Bulletin housing market articles.
PR Newswire: PR Newswire publishes current and relevant economic studies, articles and data including the yearly "U.S. Economic and Housing Market Outlook."
Economic Indicators for Do-It-Yourself Investors
Money Market From 2000 to 2010
Availability of M1 and M2 in the Market (in billions of $)
Note: M1 = Cash and checking account deposits. M2 = M1 + savings and money market accounts. Source: The Federal Reserve System
Historical Consumer Price Index For All Urban Consumers (Cpi-U)
(2005 to 2012)
Food And Beverage
Note: All the figures are comparative to the Base Year which is hold as 100 e.g. Food and Beverage Price in 2005 is 196.80 percent higher that that of the Base Year. Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics
Non-professional investors, everyday stock market players and bond investors can use economic indicators to help them make appropriate financial decisions. The following are four helpful guides to read.
Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce: Offers economic insights such as "Why Tyler and Chloe Can't Get a Job," "Canada: Needing a Little Help from Our Friends," and "U.S. Payrolls: Not Quite Soft Enough to Affect Fed."
Finding solid resources with sound data to analyze economic indicators is simple when the sources are good. The following economic indicator guides come from some of the most reliable institutions in the world. These guides include statistical data, up-to-date national and international data, dictionaries and more.
LexisNexis: LexisNexis, one of the world's leading providers of online databases for research of all markets, provides Zimmerman's Research Guide, which includes economic data, statistics and indicators.
European University Institute (EUI): The European University Institute, an international postgraduate and postdoctoral research and teaching institute, produces an economic guide with resources from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Bureau of Census and Thomson Reuters, among many others.
University of Minnesota Libraries: This library network is noted for being a statewide asset and provides intellectual resources through a wide range of books and virtual aids – such as this business and economic statistics guide.