Demographic factors shaping the U.S. market for new housing

by Peter A. Morrison

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Demographic forces will reshape the market for new housing during the remainder of this century. In particular, the amount of needed new housing will be stimulated by the maturation of the large "baby boom" generation; the financial capacity to afford new housing will be strengthened by the predominance of two-earner couples; the type of preferred housing will reflect evolving residential needs dictated by diverse living arrangements; and housing demand will tend to be concentrated within certain regions and metropolitan areas.

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