A 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% of homes included a two-car garage. Another 23.5% of homes possessed a garage large enough to hold three of more cars. Approximately 10% of homes were classified in the “other” category, which includes homes having a carport, offstreet parking, or a driveway with no garage or carport.
Three or more car garages were more likely to be found in certain parts of the nation. 50% 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% 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%), East South Central (12%), South Atlantic (13%) and Middle Atlantic (13%) 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% of homes sized 3,000 to 5,000 square feet possessed three-car garages, compared to 13% 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% had two-car garages, while 19% held garages with space for three or more cars.