Fireplaces are getting less popular in smaller homes

Andrey Kamenov

Andrey Kamenov, Ph.D. Probability and Statistics

More than half of all new homes in the United States are sold with a fireplace (or several), according to the U.S. Census Bureau’s Survey of Construction. Still, as the map below shows, fireplaces are more popular in some states than others.


Namely, only 38 percent of all new homes in the Mountain states have at least one fireplace, compared to 74 percent in New England. Also, as expected, there are more generally homes with fireplaces in the northern states.


We can see here that the percentage of homes with a second fireplace is small (around 5 percent) and hasn’t changed much. On the contrary, the percentage of all homes that have a fireplace has fallen significantly, from 66 percent in 2000 to 53 percent in 2013.


The number of homes with a fireplace is significantly lower (only two in five) among those with a heat pump, compared to other types of heating. Multi-floor houses have over a 20 percent higher chance of featuring a fireplace than single-floor homes. Also, it should not come as a surprise that the percentage of homes with a fireplace increases with the number of bedrooms. Interestingly, the biggest difference is between three-bedroom and four-bedroom houses.

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About Andrey Kamenov

Andrey Kamenov

Andrey Kamenov, Ph.D. Probability and Statistics

Andrey Kamenov is a data scientist working for Advameg Inc. His background includes teaching statistics, stochastic processes and financial mathematics in Moscow State University and working for a hedge fund. His academic interests range from statistical data analysis to optimal stopping theory. Andrey also enjoys his hobbies of photography, reading and powerlifting.

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One thought on “Fireplaces are getting less popular in smaller homes”

  1. The modern amenities such as gas and electric heaters have very much reduced the need for establishing a separate space for burning fires. These amenities have reduced the need to keep additional fuel in the shape of wood at home. And people living in small homes are already people with weaker finance, so they do not feel there is a need to spare extra for building fireplaces.

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