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Home construction is down 55% from 2006

Regions with an increase in home construction lie where populations are rising, most notably in the South. The inverse goes for areas of decreasing population: home construction is falling in these areas. This new USAFacts report shows insights on how home construction and population continue to intersect region by region.
  • Before the Great Recession, the ratio of new population to home construction was about 2:1, meaning two people were added to the population for every new home built. That increased to 5:1 after home construction dropped more than 50% after 2007.
  • The South and the West, where populations are rising, had the past decade’s biggest housing construction increases. The population grew by about 10% in the South, the most of any region, according to the US Census Bureau.
     
  • The US hit the lowest point for home construction in the past two decades in 2011, with 483,000 homes built that year.
     
  • New home construction dropped by 50% in the Northeast and 54% in the Midwest over the past two decades. The construction trend aligns with slower population growth in these states.
See more on where housing construction has grown —and slowed — in this report



Cases are down 94% from the pandemic peak 

In the US, overall COVID-19 cases are down from peaks seen in late 2020 into 2021, but there are new hotspots. Explore more about where cases are down, who’s getting vaccinated, and how the distribution of deaths has shifted as the summer progresses.
  • Thirty-two states and Washington, DC had case rates lower than the national average. Vermont, which leads all states with 74% of its population starting vaccination, had the lowest case rate with 0.6 cases per 100,000 people daily.
  • In June, there were 3.3 COVID-19 deaths per 100,000 people in the US. The death rate was nearly nine times higher in January at 28.5 deaths per 100,000 people.
     
  • People 65 and older continue to make up most COVID-19 deaths. However, the age group’s share of deaths dropped from 84% of 18,555 deaths in early December to 65% of the 2,144 deaths in early June. Now, 88% of people in this age group have started vaccination, with 79% fully vaccinated.
Track the state of COVID-19 this summer in four additional pandemic charts



The COVID-19 Impact and Recovery Hub

USAFacts' COVID-19 Impact and Recovery Hub is a one-stop data shop to understand the nation’s pandemic recovery from many different angles. Check out the hub for weekly and monthly data to watch, from inflation rates to the stock market to federal spending.

Economic recovery indicators tell whether people are back at work or on unemployment insurance. People are traveling again, as well as spending more money, all while contending with spiking inflation. Explore those metrics and more right here.
Standard of living recovery indicators show what people spend to run their households, pay for transportation, and pay medical bills. If people have disposable income, are they spending or saving it? Spending decreases when the economy is suffering; a return to pre-pandemic levels could signal an economic recovery.

Health recovery indicators show the spread of the virus itself. For even more specific location data, visit the USAFacts county and state cases map.
 
Government recovery indicators show the unprecedented amounts spent to stimulate the economy in response to COVID-19. The government also spent heavily on unemployment insurance and other assistance. Metrics in a hub can indicate if that is changing.
 
Follow how the pandemic has impacted the lives and livelihoods of Americans in the Impact and Recovery Hub.
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One last fact
As of May 24, 30% of adults reported anxiety or depression symptoms. That is down from a peak of 43% in November of last year. 
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