Real Estate

Why Aren’t We Building More Mobile Homes?

Manufactured housing could ease the affordability crisis.

A trailer park in Santa Monica, Calif.

Photographer: Gary Friedman/Los Angeles Times via Getty Imag

People in West Virginia accepted delivery of a little more than 1,000 mobile homes last year, according to census data. Over the same period, homebuilders obtained permits to build about 2,000 single-family homes. In other words, roughly one in three homes added to the state’s housing stock last year was a mobile home.

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