Garages in New Homes: 2019 Data


A majority of new homes that completed construction in 2019 included two-car garages (65%), according to NAHB analysis of 2019 Census Bureau Survey of Construction data. There is clear uniformity for parking options in new homes completed across the Census divisions: the 2-car garage was the most popular parking option for completed homes in all divisions.

The option for three or more car garages was most popular in the West North Central division with 39% of completed homes opting for this parking option. The South Atlantic division had the highest share of 2-car garages with 74%. One-car garages were most popular in the Middle Atlantic division (24%), while “other” which includes carport, off-street parking, and other parking facilities was the largest share in New England (20%).

For new single-family completions in 2019, 65% of homes offered a two-car garage. Another 19% of homes possessed a garage large enough to hold three or more cars. Just 7% of newly-built homes had a one-car garage, and only 1% possessed a carport. Another 7% of new homes had no garage or carport.

The 2019 data indicates that as the size of completed home increases, the share of 1-car garage or “other” declines. At the same time, the share of completed homes with 2 or more garages increased as the square footage of the house increased. The “other” category is the largest share of homes with less than 1,200 square feet at 66%, but as the square footage of the home increases, the share of homes with “other” parking options, declines to 4% in homes larger than 5,000 square feet. The percentage of completed homes with a 1-car garage is at 15% for homes between 1,200-1,599 square feet, the highest share in its category. The proportion of completed homes with a 1-car garage is the lowest at 2% for homes larger than 5,000 square feet.

As house size increases, 2-car garages become the desired parking option. The share of 2-car garages is at 76% for completed homes between 1,600-1,999 square feet and it increases to 79% for homes between 2,000-2,399 square feet. For homes between 2,400-2,999 square feet, the share of 2-car garages drops to 75% and continues to decline as the home size increase from there. Three-car garages are only 3% of the homes less than 1,200 square feet but continues to increase as the square footage of the completed home increases. For completed homes larger than 5,000 square feet, 3-cars or more parking option becomes the most likely setup, at 64%.


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3 replies

  1. Question: Did this census include any numbers for garages with a loft or living areas used for offices?

  2. Most everyone wants 3 car garage but most new construction builders offer 2 car standard 3bay is upgrade.

    From what I see model homes for inventory rarely consist of 3 car
    Across the lot unless it’s a larger lot however some will consider
    2 car tandem garages (equals to 3 car) when in a narrowed lot

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