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The United States

The United States

Total Property Value
$2.0T
[source]
Number of Properties
516,169
[source]
Economic Contribution in Full Time Equivalent Employees
2.35M
[source]
Share of Households Invested in REITs
44.1%
[source]
REITs Headquartered[source]
245
REITs Owning Property[source]
252
Property Taxes Paid[source]
$19.1B
A heat map of the United states showing a large concentration of properties in coastal cities

REITs make key contributions the U.S. Economy, according to EY:

  • U.S. REITs contributed the equivalent of an estimated 2.4 million full-time jobs to the economy in 2018 generating $148.2 billion of labor income.
  • REIT activities resulted in the distribution of $128.9 billion of dividend income in 2018.
  • REITs invested $60.9 billion in new construction and routine capital expenditures to maintain existing property in 2018.


Public REITs own more than 516,000 properties across the U.S. as of year-end 2019. Equity and mortgage REITs combined own roughly $2.5 trillion in gross real estate assets. Private REITs own an additional $1 trillion in gross assets bringing the total REIT ownership value to $3.5 trillion in the U.S. as of year-end 2019.

Listed REITs have year-end 2019 equity market capitalization around $1.4 trillion.

REIT Assets by Sector[source]

Learn more about the types of real estate that REITs own

Timberland

Timberland Acreage

16,015,500
Outdoor Advertising

Outdoor Advertising

213,690
SFR

Single Family Rentals

146,135
Tower

Tower

95,884
Retail

Retail

25,563
Health Care

Health Care

8,777
Industrial

Industrial

7,390
Self-Storage

Self-Storage

6,022
Residential

Residential

3,795
Specialty

Specialty

3,311
Office

Office

2,635
Lodging Resorts

Lodging / Resorts

2,243
Last Update
September 18, 2020

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