Two-story homes are still popular in Florida

October 3, 2019 1:56 pm

Two-story homes are still popular in Florida, new data suggests.

In 2018, 56% of buyers preferred homes of two stories or more, while 44% looked for single-story homes. That is according to newly-published data from the US Census Bureau’s Survey of Construction (SOC).

The nationwide average was 53%-47%, in favor of two-story homes. The share for two-story homes across the country fell 2% on 2017.

But in the South Atlantic area, which includes Florida, the share for two-story homes and above grew 9%

The growth was largely concentrated in the South region, where the shares of two or more stories homes climbed 9%, 7% and 7% in the South Atlantic, East South Central and West South Central, respectively.

Homes with two or more stories homes are common in metro areas and on the coast.

Preference for single-story homes rises with age – 80% of baby boomers prefer one story homes due to aging-in-place concerns, while only 35% of Millennials want single-story homes.