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View Poll Results: How many of you have a basement?
Yes 54 68.35%
No 25 31.65%
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Old 12-24-2014, 08:07 AM
 
Location: At my house in my state
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I'm wondering which metro has the most basements in the housing units. How rare are basements now a days in modern homes? When I can afford my own house I would definitely like to have a basement because that's where Ill do all my gaming I would imagine the Chicago area should have quite a few basements.
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Old 12-24-2014, 08:15 AM
 
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Most people in northern NJ have basements. I know areas along the Jersey Shore tend to not, but for obvious reasons. I know someone who lives beach block in NJ and has a basement that regularly floods. He peeks down the stairs and there's water. The floor is actually sand. Clearly it's an unfinished basement. I don't know about South Jersey outside the coast.
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Old 12-24-2014, 08:27 AM
 
Location: Milwaukee
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It's a total anomaly when a house in Wisconsin doesn't have a basement.
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Old 12-24-2014, 09:45 AM
 
Location: Minneapolis, Minnesota
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It's a total anomaly when a house in Wisconsin doesn't have a basement.
Yep, houses without basements are practically unheard of anywhere in the Upper Midwest. Even 150-year-old houses at least have cellars.
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Old 12-24-2014, 09:49 AM
 
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Homes in Dallas, TX don't have basements. They also have master bedrooms on the first level which I find abit odd. Both Denver & Atlanta have basements. I love my basements, but oddly I don't like attics as they scare me for some reason, as does crawl spaces in the basement.
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Old 12-24-2014, 10:21 AM
 
Location: Aurora, CO
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Not having a basement always unnerved me slightly when we lived in Dallas. The odds of an EF-4 or EF-5 tornado hitting your house are exceedingly low, but given the mediocre construction quality of today's houses if your house takes a direct hit from one of those chances are you'll end up in a body bag.

I've lived in WI, CO, and TX, and Dallas was the only place I lived without a basement. Has to do with a shallow frost line and in a lot of areas there's a layer of white chalk bedrock only a couple feet below the ground.

Basements are really expensive. They typically only exist in areas where the frost line is so deep that you have to dig down a few feet to bury the water lines. At that point you've already done most of the heavy lifting so it makes sense to just finish the job.
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Old 12-24-2014, 10:37 AM
 
Location: Texas
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In the midwest it is very common.
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Old 12-24-2014, 10:40 AM
 
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When looking at all the places I've lived, here's which places had basements.

Detroit, MI - Yes
Dallas, TX - No
Denver, CO - Yes
Phoenix, AZ - No
Sacramento/Vacaville, CA - No
Willingboro, NJ - Yes
Oklahoma City, OK - No

I love basements, and I agree with the previous poster about how the lack of a basement in Dallas was somewhat annoying. I've learned though that the reason Dallas and most of Texas and Oklahoma don't have basements is because of the weak soil that makes up most of each state.
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Old 12-24-2014, 11:58 AM
 
Location: Milwaukee
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Basements are great - you can almost double a ranch's square footage with them (obviously). Some basements are damp and spidery and gross, but a lot of finished basements are just as nice as the rest of the house.

I have no idea how I'd survive without all that storage space!
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Old 12-24-2014, 12:05 PM
 
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One place where they are almost non existent. Los Angeles County. I've been in hundreds of homes here and only 1 had a basement.
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