Manufactured housing is the largest form of unsubsidized affordable housing in the U.S. and the only type of housing built to a federal construction and safety standard (the HUD Code). The HUD Code’s single regulatory framework for home design and construction includes standards for health, safety, energy efficiency, and durability. The affordability of manufactured homes enables individuals to obtain housing that is often much less expensive than renting or financing the purchase of a site-built home. Manufacturers deliver high quality HUD Code homes with designs and features consumers want at attainable price points. Today, 22 million people live in manufactured housing and the industry employs tens of thousands of Americans nationwide.

With manufactured housing homebuilding facilities located across the United States employing hundreds of thousands of workers, and manufactured housing communities located in all 50 states, manufactured housing is making the dream of homeownership possible.

Manufactured homes make the dream of homeownership possible.

  • Manufactured homes offer individuals and families housing that is often much less expensive than renting or purchasing a site-built home.
    • Average cost of a new manufactured home without land: $108,417.
    • Average cost of a new site-built home without land: $351,748.
  • The average manufactured home buyer has a median income of $34,800.
  • Manufactured housing is the only type of housing that Congress recognizes as having a vital role in meeting America’s housing needs as a significant source for affordable homeownership accessible to all Americans.
  • The Manufactured Housing Construction and Safety Standards Act (i.e., the HUD Code) requires a single regulatory framework for manufactured home design and construction, ensuring consumers high standards for health, safety, energy efficiency, and durability. Site-built homes are subject to state and local regulations but are not regulated by federal requirements. 
  • Manufactured homes retain their value well, if not better than site-built homes. A recent study showed that the median value of manufactured homes increased more quickly in 27 states than the median value of single-family homes.

High Satisfaction Rates Among Residents of  Manufactured Home Communities

MHI conducted extensive research of residents of manufactured homes and found:

  • 95 percent of residents in 55+ communities and 87 percent of residents in all-age communities report satisfaction with their homes.
  • Residents cite affordability and homeownership as the top reasons for selecting manufactured housing.
  • 70 percent of those living in manufactured housing plan to live in their homes for over six years, with 40 percent saying they plan to stay in their homes indefinitely.