Category Research

Browse reports prepared by our research team on the construction industry. We use data from the U.S. Census Bureau and the Bureau of Labor Statistics, among other sources, to provide readers with up-to-date data and statistics relevant to the construction industry.

Plumbers at work

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…

Construction supervisor

The Best-Paying Construction Jobs in the U.S. [2021]

It’s already been a busy year for construction, thanks to surges in new housing development and renovations, as well as changes to businesses brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic. These factors will likely accelerate already strong growth projections for the…

Injured worker

Industries With the Highest Rates of Workplace Injuries

One of the concepts that the COVID-19 pandemic brought to the forefront of the public imagination is the idea of an “essential worker.” The pandemic highlighted that many professions are critical for allowing the rest of the economy and society…

New residential construction

U.S. Cities Spending the Most on Residential Construction

One of the major housing market trends that has emerged from the COVID-19 pandemic is a preference for single-family housing, and this increased demand is driving a surge in new home construction. For years, many people—especially more mobile, younger populations—were…

Electrician at work

Best-Paying U.S. Cities for Electricians

For anyone seeking a promising career option with plenty of opportunity in the next few decades, becoming an electrician would be a good choice. Electricians enter the field without four-year degrees and can instead opt for a less expensive trade…

Black man sitting in room under renovation

Cities With the Highest (and Lowest) Minority Homeownership Rates

Home equity is one of the biggest contributors to household wealth. According to a Census Bureau report, two assets—home equity and retirement accounts—account for 63 percent of American households’ net worth. Yet, prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, only 65 percent…

Suburban home

The Best Cities to Buy a Rental Property

While COVID-19 has been detrimental to many American families, it has helped solidify the financial footing of others. With less money being spent on expenses like travel, commuting, or eating out, household savings rates rose to record levels in 2020.…

Young black man at work

Cities Most Dependent on Small Businesses

Small business is often held up as a key driver of the U.S. economy, and for good reason. According to the U.S. Small Business Administration, small businesses account for 64 percent of net private-sector jobs created since 2005. Collectively, small…

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U.S. Cities With the Oldest Renters

One of the surprising trends in the U.S. rental market in recent years has been the emergence of Baby Boomers as a major source of demand. For many, the view of a typical renter is a young person, living on…