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Construction in 2017 by Region, State and MSA

Where will the U.S. see the most growth in 2017? The numbers are in, and we have a pretty good idea where things are headed.

Geographically, the Northeast and West will experience the biggest growth in 2017, both at more than 8%. In these two regions, the states with the overall largest increases are:

  • Arizona
  • Idaho
  • California
  • West Virginia
  • Virginia
  • Rhode Island
  • New Jersey

The South and Midwest will grow just under 8% and 2%, respectively, in 2017. In the South, Mississippi and South Carolina will grow the most in the 13-15% range. In the Midwest, Indiana stands out with 11% growth.

Nine states will have declines in 2016 (NY, LA, OK, TX, KS, ND, AK, NV, WY) and six states are expected to have declines in 2017 (KS, IA, UT, ND, SD, DC).

Construction Forecast by State


This interactive map lets you view and filter the construction start growth forecast by region and state so you can see which areas are strong, healthy, stable or declining.

MSA Forecast

At an MSA level, we looked at the Top 50 MSAs by population and created a consensus forecast for 2016 and 2017 similar to the analysis in the previous section.

Overall, Richmond (24%), San José (19%) and Riverside (18%) will experience the most growth in 2017 among the Top 50 markets. For the most part, the majority of MSAs will experience growth in 2017 with only seven cities forecasted to experience a decrease: St. Louis (-4%), Nashville (-3%), Portland (-3%), Cincinnati, OH (-2%), Denver (-2%), Minneapolis (-2%), and Austin (-1%).

The three largest MSAs in terms of construction starts spend are

  • New York (12%)
  • Houston (7%)
  • Dallas (10%)

Full lists broken down by region are included in the report.

Overall Perspective for 2017

Overall the perspective for 2017 is of continued growth given the positive progress made in 2016. According to our consensus forecast, by the end of this year, 2016 construction starts will increase 4% overall and we predict slightly stronger growth of 7% for the United States. To see more details about the 2017 forecast, download the full report. For a glanceable visualization of the data, download the infographic.

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