Jonathan Jones

Jonathan Jones

Jonathan Jones is a senior researcher and data journalist for Construction Coverage. He received his J.D. from Loyola Law School in Los Angeles and has degrees in philosophy and political science from UCLA. When Jon is not researching real estate and public policy, he likes to fix up old cars and work on home improvement projects.
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U.S. Cities Investing in More Affordable Housing

Today, home prices are about 40% higher than pre-pandemic levels—but with mortgage rates doubling, the monthly mortgage payment for a median-priced home has more than doubled since early 2020. These are the U.S. metros and states that are investing in more affordable housing.
Carpenter

The Best-Paying American Cities for Carpenters

To attract and retain workers, many employers are raising wages, providing a favorable outlook for carpenters—with some locations offering more lucrative prospects than others. Researchers calculated the median annual earnings for carpenters, adjusted for cost-of-living differences, then ranked metros and states accordingly.
Construction worker

Cities With the Fastest-Growing Wages for Construction Workers

High levels of inflation beginning in 2021 have, in many cases, more than offset the wage growth routinely touted as a positive of the COVID-era economy. And while wage growth is below-average nationally, construction workers in certain parts of the country have fared better. Researchers calculated the inflation-adjusted change in mean construction worker earnings from 2018 to 2023, then ranked locations accordingly.
Home for sale

U.S. Cities With the Biggest Increase in Housing Inventory

The U.S. has not built a sufficient number of homes to meet demand. The lack of housing affects certain areas more severely than others. We ranked locations based on the percentage change in the average monthly housing inventory—the total number of active listings plus pending sales at the end of the month—between Q1 2023 and Q1 2024.
Construction worker

The Most Popular Construction Jobs in the U.S.

It is estimated that an additional 501,000 construction professionals will be needed in the industry this year, plus an additional 454,000 in 2025 on top of normal hiring. These are the most popular construction jobs in the U.S. right now.
For rent

American Cities With the Highest Rental Vacancy Rates

High vacancy rates indicate an ample supply of rental properties, fostering competition among landlords and placing downward pressure on rent prices, which can lead to improved affordability for renters. These are the U.S. locations with the highest rental vacancy rates.
Millennial homeowner

Cities Where Millennials Are Buying the Most Expensive Homes

The median home purchase price for millennials in 2023 was $415,000—nearly 77% higher than the median home purchase price for Gen Z buyers, and second only to the Gen X median purchase price of $445,000. These are the U.S. locations where millennials are buying the most expensive homes.
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Homebuyers in These U.S. Cities Get the Best Mortgage Rates

As the cost of homeownership continues to grow out of reach for many Americans, mortgage interest rates have become a central concern for both homebuyers and policymakers. These are the U.S. locations where buyers are getting the best mortgage rates.
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Cities With the Highest Home Price-to-Income Ratios

Housing is the largest regular expenditure for most households, so the failure of wages to keep up with housing prices can make housing costs even more expensive in real dollars. To find the locations with the highest home price-to-income ratios, researchers ranked locations by the median home price divided by the median annual household income.
Construction worker

Cities With the Most Construction Workers

Construction workers remain a crucial component of the American workforce, and contribute significantly to the country's economic development. Using the latest data available, researchers at Construction Coverage identified the U.S. states and metros with the largest shares of employment in the construction industry.
New home construction

Cities With the Biggest Year-Over-Year Increase in Residential Construction

Some locations are investing more in new residential construction than others compared to the same time last year. We calculated the percentage change in the value of new residential housing units authorized by permit-issuing places from Q4 2022 to Q4 2023, then ranked U.S. metros and states accordingly.
Suburban home

The Best U.S. Cities To Find a Starter Home

While conditions are challenging overall for new buyers, some parts of the U.S. are more favorable than others. To determine the best places to find a starter home, researchers calculated a composite score based on the percentage of homes with three or fewer bedrooms, the monthly starter-size home mortgage payment as a percentage of median renter income, median sale price of homes with three or fewer bedrooms, supply of homes, and the homeownership rate for under-35 householders. Metros and states were then ranked accordingly.
Financial stress

U.S. Cities Most Impacted by High Interest Rates

The estimated monthly mortgage payment for a median-priced U.S. home is about 54% higher today than it was just two years ago. These are the states and metros who have been most impacted by high interest rates.
New home

U.S. Counties That Have Built the Most Housing Over the Past Decade

The need for affordable housing in the United States has never been greater. After adjusting for inflation, home prices are nearly 60% higher than they were 10 years ago, and roughly 25% of renters spend over 50% of their income on rent. But while the national supply of housing has been lagging overall, some parts of the country have managed to add homes faster than others.
Black man thinking

American Cities With the Largest Minority Homeownership Gap

Nationally, the minority homeownership gap—defined here as the difference between the White homeownership rate and the minority homeownership rate—has exceeded 20 percentage points for at least the past two decades. Locally, this gap varies due to factors such as an area’s demographic makeup, housing costs, employment opportunities, and historical homeownership rates. Researchers identified the locations with the largest minority homeownership gap.