Commercial and multifamily construction starts in the top 20 US metro areas fell to $111.1 billion in 2020, a freefall of about 23% in value, according to Dodge Data & Analytics. More broadly, national starts in those sectors took a 20% tumble to $193.4 billion. The total consists of office buildings, stores, hotels, warehouses, commercial garages, and multifamily housing and does not include institutional building projects.

Among the largest US metros, New York City saw a 25% decline year-over-year but remained the largest market for commercial and multifamily starts at $23.5 billion.  The Washington, D.C., metro suffered an identical decline, with starts at $8.9 billion, followed by Los Angeles, which fell 21% to $7.4 billion.

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