Patios: A Popular Feature in New Homes Started in 2014

Data from the Census Bureau’s Survey of Construction (SOC) shows a clear geographic pattern to the exterior amenities (patios and decks) included in new homes. In 2014, a majority (56 percent) of all new homes started had a patio. In contrast, only 23 percent had a deck.

The Census Bureau’s SOC data is available by the nine census divisions. Patios are most common in new homes in the West South Central (79 percent of new homes started in 2014), followed by the Mountain (66 percent) and Pacific divisions (65 percent). Patios are least common in the Middle Atlantic (24 percent), New England (25 percent) and East South Central divisions (38 percent). These shares have remained relatively stable since 2009.

One the other hand, decks are most common in New England (included in 66 percent of homes started in 2014), followed at a distance by the East South Central (47 percent) and West North Central (45 percent) divisions. Decks are comparatively uncommon in the West South Central division (4 percent). Elsewhere, 18 to 26 percent of the new homes started in 2014 had decks.  These geographic tendencies have also remained relatively stable since 2009.

The map below shows the geographic breakdown of patios and decks in single-family homes started in 2014:

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