Top 20 U.S. Cities with Most New Construction

New construction for the entire country was up 10% in 2012 and is projected to climb another 12% in 2013

According to McGraw-Hill Construction data, new construction for the entire country was up 10 percent in 2012 and is projected to climb another 12 percent in 2013.

Using building data for the nation’s Metropolitan Statistical Areas (MSAs), McGraw-Hill determined the 20 places where the most money has been spent so far this year on new construction (from January through May, 2013). The determining factor was the dollar amount of new construction starts, or projects where ground has been broken and work begun, for structures that fall under the “Total Building” umbrella. Total building includes single-family home construction, multifamily home construction, office space, retail space, warehouses, healthcare facilities, educational buildings, manufacturing plants and research facilities. Money spent on public works projects and electric utility construction was not factored in.

Here's the list of the top 20 metros with new construction spending:

  1. New York
  2. Dallas
  3. Houston
  4. Washington D.C.
  5. Atlanta
  6. Los Angeles
  7. Miami
  8. Phoenix - Phoenix Tops List of 10 Hottest Housing Markets of 2013
  9. Boston
  10. Chicago
  11. Denver
  12. Orlando, Fla.
  13. Seattle
  14. San Francisco
  15. Austin, Texas
  16. Tampa, Fla.
  17. Baltimore
  18. San Jose, Calif.
  19. Nashville, Tenn.
  20. Philadelphia

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