We can’t help but wonder if this article is not also true of housing trends in Kittitas County and Central Washington?
New housing construction is not meeting residents’ needs, according to a 2020 report released this fall by the Thurston Regional Planning Council (TRPC).
The Housing Needs Assessment tells a story of how the region’s housing has evolved over the last 40 years, with Olympia being emblematic of the changes.
Households have gotten smaller and taken new shapes, spurring a demand for smaller housing units and pushing individuals into house shares and other more social arrangements. Yet, new houses are only getting bigger: The average new home being constructed is now more 2,000 square feet — 25% larger than it was in 1980.
The widening gap between household size and house size leaves a growing unmet need for studios and 1- and 2-bedroom units, most of which are now rentals.
While the county’s housing is becoming more dense, it’s doing so unevenly. A significant number of multifamily housing units have been built in Olympia, but so-called “middle housing” — duplexes, triplexes, fourplexes — is still relatively scarce. (More about housing in Thurston County)