20 States Where Manufactured Housing Is on the Rise

Manufactured home or mobile home
Lindasj22 / Shutterstock.com

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
f11photo / Shutterstock.com
  • 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
T.Slack / Shutterstock.com
  • 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
Josemaria Toscano / Shutterstock.com
  • 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
By Dan Thornberg / Shutterstock.com
  • 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
By Jerry Whaley / Shutterstock.com
  • 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
By vagabond54 / Shutterstock.com
  • 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
By Andrew Schigelone / Shutterstock.com
  • 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
B Brown / Shutterstock.com
  • 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
Mike Ver Sprill / Shutterstock.com
  • 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
Charles T. Peden / Shutterstock.com
  • 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
Aaron Alvarez / Shutterstock.com
  • 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
IMG_191 / Shutterstock.com
  • 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.
Jon Bilous / Shutterstock.com
  • 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
By Donna A. Herrmann / Shutterstock.com
  • 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
Gestalt Imagery / Shutterstock.com
  • 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
Thomas Nord / Shutterstock.com
  • 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
By-Rachel-Niskanen / Shutterstock.com
  • 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
BonBonBurley / Shutterstock.com
  • 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
Manas K / Shutterstock.com
  • 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
CrackerClips Stock Media / Shutterstock.com
  • 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%

Disclosure: The information you read here is always objective. However, we sometimes receive compensation when you click links within our stories.

Read Next
10 Bad Money Habits That Are Robbing You Blind
10 Bad Money Habits That Are Robbing You Blind

Here’s how to change those bad behaviors.

Don’t Toss These 7 Household Items — Sell Them
Don’t Toss These 7 Household Items — Sell Them

Here’s how to earn cash as you give new life to these unwanted items.

5 Products You Should Never Buy Generic
5 Products You Should Never Buy Generic

Generic products are a great way to save money, but sometimes the brand-name version is clearly superior.

7 Surprising Ways Retirees Waste Their Savings
7 Surprising Ways Retirees Waste Their Savings

You can make your retirement money last a lot longer by avoiding these costly mistakes

3 Ways to Downsize Your Life to Save Money, Time and Stress
3 Ways to Downsize Your Life to Save Money, Time and Stress

Downsizing can cut the bloat in your finances — and give you more free time and less stress.

View this page without ads

Help us produce more money-saving articles and videos by subscribing to a membership.

Get Started

Most Popular
10 Things Frugal People Never Buy
10 Things Frugal People Never Buy

If you’re a true tightwad, the mere thought of spending money on these items gives you the willies.

10 Useless Purchases You Need to Stop Making
10 Useless Purchases You Need to Stop Making

You might as well flush your money down the loo if you spend it on these things.

The 16 Cars Most Likely to Last 200,000 Miles
The 16 Cars Most Likely to Last 200,000 Miles

One automaker takes half the spots on a list of the longest-lasting vehicles.

7 Social Security Rules Everyone Should Know by Now
7 Social Security Rules Everyone Should Know by Now

Confusion over Social Security is a shame, considering how many of us will need this money badly.

9 Shopping Mistakes to Avoid at Costco
9 Shopping Mistakes to Avoid at Costco

Are you missing out on serious savings at your favorite warehouse club?

If You Find This Thrift Shopping, Buy It
If You Find This Thrift Shopping, Buy It

They don’t make coffee makers like this anymore.

11 Products Now in Short Supply Due to the Pandemic
11 Products Now in Short Supply Due to the Pandemic

Many goods we take for granted have become tough to find in 2021.

7 Kirkland Signature Items to Avoid at Costco
7 Kirkland Signature Items to Avoid at Costco

Even if it seems you save a bundle buying Costco’s Kirkland Signature brand products, they may not be the bargain they appear to be.

14 Things You Should Stop Buying in 2021
14 Things You Should Stop Buying in 2021

These convenient household products come with hidden costs that you might not have considered.

3 Ways to Get Microsoft Office for Free
3 Ways to Get Microsoft Office for Free

With a little ingenuity, you can cut Office costs to zero.

Is Writing a Check Still Safe?
Is Writing a Check Still Safe?

Every time you pay by check, you hand your bank account numbers to a stranger.

6 Ways to Protect Your Retirement Accounts From Hackers
6 Ways to Protect Your Retirement Accounts From Hackers

Imagine having $245,000 stolen from your retirement account — and not being reimbursed.

8 Things You Should Replace to Improve Your Life Today
8 Things You Should Replace to Improve Your Life Today

Being frugal isn’t smart if you put off replacing these items.

This Is the Most Dependable Car Brand in the U.S.
This Is the Most Dependable Car Brand in the U.S.

This brand’s vehicles are least likely to give drivers repair headaches, according to J.D. Power.

7 Hidden Sections of Amazon Every Shopper Should Know
7 Hidden Sections of Amazon Every Shopper Should Know

These little-known departments of Amazon are gold mines for deal-seekers and impulse shoppers alike.

7 Income Tax Breaks That Retirees Often Overlook
7 Income Tax Breaks That Retirees Often Overlook

Did you realize all these tax credits and deductions exist — or that they apply to retirees?

9 Millionaires and Billionaires With Surprisingly Frugal Habits
9 Millionaires and Billionaires With Surprisingly Frugal Habits

Some of the world’s richest women and men drive modest cars, clip coupons and love a bargain.

7 Social Security Benefits You May Be Overlooking
7 Social Security Benefits You May Be Overlooking

There’s more to Social Security than retirement benefits.

13 Amazon Purchases We Are Loving Right Now
13 Amazon Purchases We Are Loving Right Now

These practical products make everyday life a little easier.

View More Articles

View this page without ads

Help us produce more money-saving articles and videos by subscribing to a membership.

Get Started

Add a Comment

Our Policy: We welcome relevant and respectful comments in order to foster healthy and informative discussions. All other comments may be removed. Comments with links are automatically held for moderation.