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Old 06-30-2014, 09:32 PM
 
Location: Florida
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When I lived in Georgia, Florida, and Texas they where uncommon. I live in Baltimore and I've lived in Pittsburgh where it's rare not to have a basement. I think in the Midwest most houses away from water have basements as well.
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Old 06-30-2014, 10:03 PM
 
Location: West Tennessee
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My house is 24 years old and doesn't have a basement, but it is built into the side of a hill (partially underground). This is in Southeast Missouri. Not sure how common basements are around here, some have them and some don't.
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Old 07-01-2014, 07:17 AM
 
Location: Pittsburgh, PA (Morningside)
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In Southwestern Pennsylvania, virtually all homes have basements. The only exceptions are some of the newer (e.g., built in last 20 years) homes.

Most homes which aren't new construction or ranches have functional attics as well.
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Old 07-01-2014, 09:03 AM
 
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I live in northern NJ and yes basements are common here. Most are underground with no access to outside except some small windows at the top of the wall. I think I only know a few people without basements, and one couple I know lives in a newer construction development of mostly ranch style homes in Ocean County, more south/central NJ.
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Old 07-01-2014, 09:12 AM
 
Location: St Simons Island, GA
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What?? I don't know what part of Atlanta you live in, but just about every house, unless it's in some kind of starter home community, has a basement.
I concur. I always had one, as did my parents. So did the neighbors.
Its probably true that newer construction sees less basements because of the cost.
Here on the coast, they're nonexistent.
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Old 07-01-2014, 09:50 AM
 
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Yes here in Pittsburgh we all have basements and we all have a toilet in one as well with no walls, just an open toilet.

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Old 07-01-2014, 10:25 AM
 
Location: Wonderland
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Here in northeast Texas, basements are very UNCOMMON. That is because of the type of soil in this area - not because of the cost or peoples' preferences or anything like that. It is very difficult to build a watertight basement that provides a solid foundation in this part of Texas. I wish we COULD have basements because we live in Tornado Alley.
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Old 07-01-2014, 02:09 PM
 
Location: Brooklyn, New York
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Live in NYC right by the beach. All houses have basements.

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That is because of the type of soil in this area - not because of the cost or peoples' preferences or anything like that.
It's definitely the cost. With modern (post-WW2) construction methods it is possible to build basements in any type of soil, including on reclaimed land.
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Old 07-01-2014, 02:53 PM
 
Location: Milwaukee
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Right, water at least doesn't have much to do with it, as far as I can tell. Basements are just as common here right on a Lake Michigan beach as anywhere else. Couldn't imagine NOT having a basement, honestly!
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Old 07-01-2014, 02:58 PM
 
Location: San Antonio, TX USA
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Nope, area I live on its sold limestone about 1ft down. way to expensive to dig a basement in that
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