U.S. Data Center Market - Record Leasing and Construction Activity in 2019

February 27, 2020

Driven by demand from large enterprise and cloud users, U.S. data center leasing and construction completions reached record levels in 2019, according to CBRE’s latest U.S. Data Center Trends Report.

The seven primary U.S. data center markets saw 396.4 megawatts (MW) of net absorption in 2019, a 33 percent increase over 2018’s then-record level. Northern Virginia, the largest data center market in the world, accounted for 64 percent of net absorption in the primary markets.

“While many enterprises are outsourcing a growing percentage of their IT requirements to cloud providers, demand for colocation and on-premise space remains strong,” said Pat Lynch, Senior Managing Director, Data Center Solutions, CBRE. “This reflects the increasing popularity of hybrid IT strategies, which empower users to capitalize on the flexibility and connectivity offered by cloud providers while maintaining control over applications and testing environments.”

Top 10 Most-Active Markets:


2019 Absorption


2019 Absorption

Northern Virginia

254.6 MW


16.0 MW

Silicon Valley

36.5 MW


15.7 MW


32.5 MW


14.6 MW

Dallas-Fort Worth

25.8 MW

Austin/San Antonio

12.6 MW

New York Tri-State

16.7 MW

Southern California

8.2 MW

Strong demand over the past several years resulted in a record 488.7 MW of construction completions in the primary markets in 2019. There were an additional 282.7 MW of in-process data center construction projects in the primary markets as of year-end 2019. Northern Virginia accounted for 70 percent (340.2 MW) of the construction completions in the primary markets.

Other markets with significant construction completions in 2019 include Phoenix (39.7 MW); Silicon Valley (34.4 MW), Chicago (27 MW) and Dallas/Ft. Worth (20.7 MW).

“2019’s enormous inventory growth across markets reflects the magnitude of demand from cloud-service providers,” said Mr. Lynch. “Given the significant amount of capacity delivered in 2019, we expect to see fewer construction completions in 2020.”

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