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During the Depression starting in 1929, extremely few houses were built. That continued throughout the war years. Also during World War 2, great strides in manufacturing and producing better farm machinery.

A number of men who would normally have started families had been at war. Many of those would have returned to the farms. They were replaced by machines. Fifteen years worth of men kicked off the farms and out of the army suddenly needed houses.

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Q: What caused the housing shortage in the United States after World War 2?
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