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Manufactured Housing Survey

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About the Survey


The Manufactured Housing Survey provides current monthly estimates of new manufactured (mobile) homes sold for residential use and intended for sale for residential use. The United States Code, Title 13, authorizes this survey and provides for voluntary responses. The Department of Housing and Urban Development funds this survey.


The Manufactured Housing Survey covers all new manufactured homes that have received a Federal inspection (i.e., HUD-code homes).


Data collected include manufacturer.s date of shipment, sales price, placement location (state and county), how titled, and home physical characteristics such as foundation, number of bedrooms and floor area.


Data collection begins about 4 months after each shipment month and continues for about 15 business days. Reported data covers any change in status since the sampled home was shipped until data collection ends. The sample is updated each month. The survey is conducted monthly and has been since 1974.


A sample of newly manufactured homes is selected from lists obtained from the Institute for Building Technology and Safety. A mail-out and telephone interview survey of dealers covering an inventory of some 405 sampled new manufactured homes is conducted each month. Dealers that take shipment of the selected homes are mailed a survey form for recording the status of the manufactured home. During the survey month, the dealer is contacted by telephone and provides status information on the home. Contact to dealers will be made during the one month the unit is being surveyed. From the sampled data average sales price is estimated.

Data Products

Monthly survey results are placed on the Census website and include monthly average sales price estimates based off shipment month by geographical region and size of home. Annual data for average sales price are available by state. Annual manufactured homes data on selected characteristics by location and type of home placed, and detailed price data on units sold are also available.

How Data Are Used

The Bureau of Economic Analysis uses the data as an input to estimates of residential fixed investment. The Department of Housing and Urban Development uses the data to monitor total new housing production and its affordability. Trade associations use the data for housing market analysis. Manufacturers and their suppliers use the estimates to monitor trends in prices and characteristics (e.g., floor area, number of bedrooms). Trade publications cite estimates in articles.

Source: U.S. Census Bureau | BHS Team |   Last Revised: January 04, 2018 14:14:46