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Old 09-23-2008, 10:47 AM
 
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The only houses I know of in MN that don't have basements are the ones with wheels on them.

Know why it's so easy to beat a Midwesterner at Monoply? Because they will buy one property, then spend all of the rest of their money fixing up the basement!
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Old 09-23-2008, 07:47 PM
 
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Huh? Maybe in the Deep South where the water table is really high. But here in the Upper South just about everyone I know has a basement. Even when I lived in Atlanta I saw a lot of basements.
In Arkansas, basements are virtually nonexistent. Plenty of hills in the western part of the state, and plenty of tornados to hide from... yet you can spend a million dollars on a house that sits on a concrete slab.

In Kansas City, the overwhelming majority of houses has some sort of basement, although on some of the newer houses, they have what's called "raised ranches", which means there's a big chunk of concrete wall visible above the ground. It's a cheap way of getting out of digging a deeper hole.
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Old 09-25-2008, 04:17 PM
 
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In Atlanta, they are very common.

Basements are generally common where the area is rather hilly.
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Old 09-25-2008, 04:22 PM
 
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The older houses, absolutely...it's less common in newer developments.
My house is nine years old, and it has a basement.

In my parents old neighborhood in Mableton, about eighty percent of the homes have basements. In fact, in much of the inner suburbs, there are a lot of basements. In newer developed areas, if the house is built on a flat lot, it'll generally have a slab or crawl space. However, if the house is built on a hilly lot, it'll most likely have a basement.

I'd say it's probably like this:

Inner suburbs: About 50-60% have basements
Outer suburbs: About 35-40% have basements
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Old 09-25-2008, 06:25 PM
 
Location: Albuquerque, NM - Summerlin, NV
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No Basements in Albuquerque, maybe in the older...housing, but we dont have tornadoes here
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Old 09-26-2008, 08:12 AM
 
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I think its more the frost line than tornadoes.
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Old 09-26-2008, 01:02 PM
 
Location: Central Nebraska
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Basements are common in Nebraska.

Along with frost line you also have to consider water table and the make up of the ground (type of dirt, rocky etc..)
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Old 09-28-2008, 07:45 AM
 
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Basements are common in Nebraska.

Along with frost line you also have to consider water table and the make up of the ground (type of dirt, rocky etc..)
I've wondered about the whole water table issue. You would think a place like Long Island, NY would have a lot of issues with flooding in their basements, but I guess not.
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Old 09-28-2008, 07:51 AM
 
Location: Charlotte, NC
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You never see them around VA Beach, Virginia. The water table is too high and will flood them.
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Old 09-28-2008, 08:40 AM
 
Location: Dorchester
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We call them cellars here in Boston and virtually every house has one.
My cellar has 9 foot ceilings.
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