Central Bohemia leading in new housing starts

The trend for people moving to the suburbs is confirmed by construction data

The largest number of housing starts in 2017 in the Czech Republic was in the Central Bohemia region. This goes along with a trend of suburbanization that has been going on since the 1990s, according to by the Czech Statistical Office (ČSÚ). Prague was in second place for housing starts.

In Central Bohemia, construction began on 6,514 dwellings last year, up by 17.4 percent compared to the previous year. Some 5,451 were completed, or 12.2 percent more.

Of the total number of completed dwellings in Central Bohemia, 4,042 were in family houses and 820 were units in apartment buildings. Extensions and annexes accounted for 345 dwellings. In houses and pensions for seniors, there were 28 apartments. The rest was nonresidential construction.

The highest number of housing starts in Central Bohemia, some 1,381, was in Prague-East in 2017. Prague-East also had the most completed units at 1,309.

On the other end, in Rakovník only 100 dwellings were started and 108 were completed.

Central Bohemia and Prague have long been the areas with the largest housing construction in the whole of the country. Between 2012 and 2017 there 3.8 housing units built per 1,000 inhabitants, while the national average is 2.5 per 1,000 inhabitants.

In Prague in 2017, construction began on some 3,734 dwellings compared to 2,758 in the previous year. Last year there were some 607 family homes started and 2,487 units in multi-unit houses. The rest was extensions and units for seniors.

Prague in 2017 saw some 5,846 units completed. This included 622 family homes and 4,263 units in multi-unit houses.

Throughout the Czech Republic, some 31,521 dwellings were started in 2017, with 28,575 completed, of which 15,172 were family houses.

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