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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 With the Most High-Density Housing [2022 Edition]

High-density housing can provide a number of important benefits to communities and the residents who live there. All else being equal, research suggests that residents in high-density communities tend to be more physically active and healthy. Their costs for utilities…


American Cities Where Renters Never Move [2021 Edition]

Approximately 44 million U.S. households (or 35% of total) are renters, according to data from the U.S. Census Bureau. Renters tend to move much more frequently than homeowners. For example, 51% of renters surveyed in the 2019 American Community Survey…

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U.S. Cities With the Worst Pest Problem in 2021

No household wants to face a pest problem, but over 14 million U.S. households encounter rodents, roaches, or other pests each year, according to the Census Bureau. These pests can trigger a variety of health concerns including asthma and may…

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The Best-Paying U.S. Cities for Construction Laborers in 2021

The labor market recovery from COVID-19 continues to be challenging in many industries and professions. Job growth has been slower than expected in recent months during the spread of the Delta variant. Simultaneously, many industries—particularly with lower-wage jobs—are struggling to…

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Best-Paying U.S. Cities for Construction Managers in 2021

While many industries suffered during the pandemic, construction kept going strong amid low interest rates and increased housing demand. Ironically, even though construction is booming, firms are having a hard time finding labor. Experts are divided on why this is,…


The Best-Paying American Cities for Carpenters in 2021

The residential real estate market has been booming during the COVID-19 pandemic, with more buyers looking for homes and competing for unusually low levels of inventory. With new supply desperately needed, the market currently presents enormous opportunities for builders and…

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The Most Popular Construction Jobs in the U.S. [2021 Edition]

With red-hot demand for residential construction nationwide, many builders are struggling to find the professionals they need to keep up. One recent forecast from a national trade association estimated that an additional 430,000 construction professionals will be needed in the…

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Best-Paying U.S. Cities for Plumbers in 2021

While 2020 was a year that many industries would soon like to forget, plumbers’ popularity hit all-time highs.  According to Google search trends, searches for local plumbers and other contractors hit their highest levels in five years as more homeowners…