Number of Bathrooms in New Single-family Homes in 2022

The Census Bureau’s latest Survey of Construction (SOC) shows minor changes in the number of full and half bathrooms for new single-family homes started in 2022 compared to 2021. The current data shows that 4.4% of new single-family homes started had one full bathroom or less, 62.3% had 2 full bathrooms, 25.8% had 3 full bathrooms and 7.5% had 4 or more full bathrooms.

Figure 1 shows how the share of new single-family home starts by full bathrooms has changed dating back to 2005. The share of new single-family homes with one or less full bathroom and four or more full bathrooms increased from 2021 while the share of new single-family homes with two full bathrooms and three full bathrooms decreased. Despite falling from 2021, homes with two full bathrooms continues to have the highest share of new single-family home starts. This share has fluctuated between 69.9% and 59.3% of all new homes since 2005 with the lowest level of 59.3% in 2015. The share of new single-family homes with two full bathrooms was at 62.3% in 2022.

Figure 2 indicates that the share of new single-family homes started in 2022 with two full bathrooms varies across the country. The East North Central census division had the highest share at 70.8% of new single-family homes having two full bathrooms. The lowest census division was the Pacific, with a share of 51.7% new single-family homes having two full bathrooms.

In 2022, a majority of new single-family homes (53.5%) had no half-bathrooms. 44.8% of new single-family homes had one half-bathroom. New single-family homes with two or more half-bathrooms had a share of 1.7% in 2022.

Half-bathrooms are historically prevalent in the New England census division as 79.5% of new single-family homes had at least one in 2022. The share of new single-family homes in New England that contained at least one half-bathroom averaged 78.2% between 2017 and 2022. Over the same time period, new homes constructed in the East South Central division with one or more half-bathrooms saw an increase in frequency. In 2017, only 29.3% of new homes had at least one half-bathroom in the East South Central. This share rose 8.7 percentage points to 38.0% in 2022, the largest increase over this time. Conversely, the pervasiveness of new homes with at least one half-bathroom fell 10.6 percentage points in the Pacific division, from 52.1% to 41.5% in 2022.


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