Research - JANUARY 26, 2017

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2016 another record-breaker for skyscraper completions

by Andrea Waitrovich

Around the world, approximately 128 buildings of more than 650 feet were completed in 2016, marking the third consecutive record-breaking year, according to a report by The Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat.

In 2015, 114 skyscrapers were constructed. 2016 brings the total world skyscraper count to 1,168, a 441 percent increase from the 265 that stood at the start of the 21st century.

The 2016 total included 10 supertalls, towers that total more than 985 feet tall or more, which is less than the 14 built in 2015 and the 11 in 2014.

Of those built last year, 84 percent, or 107 skyscrapers taller than 656 feet were in Asia and more were built in China (84) than any other country.

There were nine skyscrapers completed in the Middle East. North America had seven skyscrapers completed in 2016. Europe and Australia completed two skyscrapers each in 2016. And Central America accounted for one skyscraper in 2016.

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