20 States Where Manufactured Housing Is on the Rise

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This story originally appeared on Construction Coverage.

After years of decline starting in the late 1990s, manufactured housing, often called mobile homes, has been gaining in popularity over the past few years.

Unlike site-built homes, which are directly constructed on a plot of land, manufactured homes are pre-assembled in factories and then transported to the location where they will be used.

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, there are currently 6.8 million manufactured homes across the country.

One of the biggest advantages of manufactured homes is the price. Manufactured homes are far cheaper than site-built homes, even after excluding the price of land from a site-built home.

The average sales price of a new site-built home (excluding land) in 2019 was $297,747 — about six times more expensive than a single manufactured home ($52,400) and three times as expensive as a double manufactured home ($99,500).

While the average site-built home is larger than the average manufactured home, the latter is still the more cost-effective option on a per-square-foot basis. The price per square foot for a manufactured home is about $50, compared with $114 for a site-built home.

To find which states have seen the greatest increase in manufactured housing over the past five years, researchers at Construction Coverage, a review site for builders risk insurance and construction management software, analyzed data from the U.S. Census Bureau’s Manufactured Housing Survey.

For each state, Construction Coverage calculated the percentage change in annual manufactured housing shipments from 2014 to 2019, and how that number compares with the percentage change in single-family site-built homes during the same timeframe. States were ranked based on the resulting figures; however, Hawaii, Rhode Island, Alaska and the District of Columbia were excluded due to insufficient data on manufactured housing.

Following are the states with the largest uptick in manufactured housing.

20. Maine

Bar Harbor, Maine
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  • 5-year change in new manufactured homes: 67.1%
  • 5-year change in new single-family site-built homes: 28.1%
  • New single-family homes in 2019: 635 manufactured / 3,474 site-built
  • Share of existing single-family homes that are manufactured: 11.7%

19. Ohio

Toledo, Ohio
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  • 5-year change in new manufactured homes: 70.8%
  • 5-year change in new single-family site-built homes: 28.3%
  • New single-family homes in 2019: 1,828 manufactured / 16,078 site-built
  • Share of existing single-family homes that are manufactured: 4.2%

18. Oregon

Oregon
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  • 5-year change in new manufactured homes: 76.6%
  • 5-year change in new single-family site-built homes: 35.1%
  • New single-family homes in 2019: 1,566 manufactured / 11,586 site-built
  • Share of existing single-family homes that are manufactured: 10.7%

17. Iowa

Iowa farm
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  • 5-year change in new manufactured homes: 79.9%
  • 5-year change in new single-family site-built homes: 12.7%
  • New single-family homes in 2019: 581 manufactured / 7,877 site-built
  • Share of existing single-family homes that are manufactured: 4.3%

16. Alabama

Lake Guntersville, Alabama
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  • 5-year change in new manufactured homes: 86.0%
  • 5-year change in new single-family site-built homes: 54.7%
  • New single-family homes in 2019: 4,546 manufactured / 14,705 site-built
  • Share of existing single-family homes that are manufactured: 14.2%

15. Washington

Washington
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  • 5-year change in new manufactured homes: 87.7%
  • 5-year change in new single-family site-built homes: 30.1%
  • New single-family homes in 2019: 1,331 manufactured / 23,300 site-built
  • Share of existing single-family homes that are manufactured: 8.6%

14. Michigan

Lake Huron
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  • 5-year change in new manufactured homes: 88.5%
  • 5-year change in new single-family site-built homes: 18.1%
  • New single-family homes in 2019: 4,203 manufactured / 14,623 site-built
  • Share of existing single-family homes that are manufactured: 6.1%

13. Idaho

Idaho
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  • 5-year change in new manufactured homes: 91.3%
  • 5-year change in new single-family site-built homes: 106.2%
  • New single-family homes in 2019: 553 manufactured / 12,978 site-built
  • Share of existing single-family homes that are manufactured: 9.8%

12. South Carolina

South Carolina
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  • 5-year change in new manufactured homes: 97.7%
  • 5-year change in new single-family site-built homes: 44.7%
  • New single-family homes in 2019: 4,079 manufactured / 31,052 site-built
  • Share of existing single-family homes that are manufactured: 18.3%

11. Arizona

Marana, Arizona
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  • 5-year change in new manufactured homes: 105.5%
  • 5-year change in new single-family site-built homes: 101.8%
  • New single-family homes in 2019: 2,402 manufactured / 33,981 site-built
  • Share of existing single-family homes that are manufactured: 11.4%

10. Florida

Wesley Chapel, Florida landscape
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  • 5-year change in new manufactured homes: 106.9%
  • 5-year change in new single-family site-built homes: 77.5%
  • New single-family homes in 2019: 7,819 manufactured / 99,831 site-built
  • Share of existing single-family homes that are manufactured: 10.8%

9. Minnesota

Rochester, Minnesota
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  • 5-year change in new manufactured homes: 108.1%
  • 5-year change in new single-family site-built homes: 28.3%
  • New single-family homes in 2019: 847 manufactured / 13,709 site-built
  • Share of existing single-family homes that are manufactured: 3.5%

8. North Carolina

Davidson, North Carolina.
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  • 5-year change in new manufactured homes: 108.8%
  • 5-year change in new single-family site-built homes: 47.3%
  • New single-family homes in 2019: 4,871 manufactured / 51,642 site-built
  • Share of existing single-family homes that are manufactured: 14.5%

7. New Jersey

Pine Barrens Lakes
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  • 5-year change in new manufactured homes: 109.9%
  • 5-year change in new single-family site-built homes: 4.6%
  • New single-family homes in 2019: 596 manufactured / 11,526 site-built
  • Share of existing single-family homes that are manufactured: 1.3%

6. Nebraska

Lexington, Nebraska
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  • 5-year change in new manufactured homes: 113.9%
  • 5-year change in new single-family site-built homes: -1.5%
  • New single-family homes in 2019: 261 manufactured / 4,672 site-built
  • Share of existing single-family homes that are manufactured: 3.6%

5. Georgia

Lake Oconee, Georgia
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  • 5-year change in new manufactured homes: 138.7%
  • 5-year change in new single-family site-built homes: 56.1%
  • New single-family homes in 2019: 3,649 manufactured / 42,939 site-built
  • Share of existing single-family homes that are manufactured: 9.9%

4. Wisconsin

Wisconsin
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  • 5-year change in new manufactured homes: 152.7%
  • 5-year change in new single-family site-built homes: 31.6%
  • New single-family homes in 2019: 657 manufactured / 11,298 site-built
  • Share of existing single-family homes that are manufactured: 3.8%

3. Kansas

Derby, Kansas
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  • 5-year change in new manufactured homes: 162.2%
  • 5-year change in new single-family site-built homes: 4.4%
  • New single-family homes in 2019: 860 manufactured / 5,089 site-built
  • Share of existing single-family homes that are manufactured: 4.7%

2. Indiana

Fishers, Indiana barn
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  • 5-year change in new manufactured homes: 164.9%
  • 5-year change in new single-family site-built homes: 34.3%
  • New single-family homes in 2019: 2,180 manufactured / 16,308 site-built
  • Share of existing single-family homes that are manufactured: 5.5%

1. Nevada

Lake Mead, Nevada
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  • 5-year change in new manufactured homes: 301.0%
  • 5-year change in new single-family site-built homes: 47.3%
  • New single-family homes in 2019: 810 manufactured / 13,088 site-built
  • Share of existing single-family homes that are manufactured: 6.9%

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