DETROIT -

The front porch is making a noticeable comeback, according to recently-released Census figures. One construction-focused survey found that front porches were a feature of two-thirds of all new homes built in 2011.

According to USA Today, some home developers think the construction trends indicate a significant shift in the way people live.

The paper reports developers say owners are looking for ways to be more social with neighbors and that porches conveniently offer that ability without requiring homeowners to formally receive company in their homes.

Other Trends Reported

The data also shows the percentage of homes built without a garage or carport is the highest since the late 1990s, according to USA Today.

Meanwhile, requests for expensive space-consumers, including decks and patios, have reduced, as have the number of homes built with garages or carports.