Mobile, Eastern Shore buck nationwide housing trend, study says – AL.com

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Across the United States, there’s a shortage of available housing. Freddie Mac estimates that the U.S. is about 3.8 million housing units short of what it needs to keep up with household formation in the country.
Yet Mobile and the fast-growing Eastern Shore have been able to keep up and even exceed housing need over the last decade, according to Up For Growth, a policy institute based in Washington, D.C, which analyzed U.S. Census data in a new report on the housing shortage around the country.
From 2013-2019, Up for Growth rated both Mobile and the Daphne-Fairhope-Foley metropolitan area as “[continuing] to meet or exceed housing needs,” according to the report the institute released earlier this year. In 2018, the institute reported Mobile was “trending toward underproduction,” according to the study, but the rating was changed back the next year.
Mobile and the Eastern Shore have consistently added more housing units to their cities’ supply than has been added nationwide. In 2014, around 1.1% of the housing units in Mobile were new construction, and around 3.2% of housing on the Eastern Shore was new construction the same year. That’s well above the national share of housing that was new construction that year, around 0.88%. New construction includes any housing that was added to the supply that year.
In 2017, the national share of housing that was new construction was 1.18%, compared with 1.6% in Mobile and 6.3% on the Eastern Shore. In 2019, the most recent year for which data is available, Mobile’s housing supply was 0.4% new construction, the Eastern Shore’s was 1.1%, and the national housing supply was 0.61% new construction.
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