Top 20 Markets for Single-Family and Multifamily Permits: 2011-2020

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Despite the volatility surrounding the recent COVID-19 pandemic, the housing market has shown remarkable resilience, fueled by demographic tailwinds and a housing shortage due to a decade of underbuilding.  Home construction slowed after 2007 as a result of the 2008 Great Recession, but home building staged a slow, modest recovery over the last decade, with a sharp acceleration in 2020 due to the pandemic.

In 2020, according to the U.S. Census Bureau, builders applied for 979,360 single-family permits, which is 134% higher than the 2011 level of 418,498. For multifamily construction, 491,781 permits were issued in 2020. This is 139% higher than in 2011.

At the state level, Texas takes the top spot as three out of the five largest single-family markets are located in the Lone Star state. The list below shows the top 20 metropolitan statistical areas for single-family permits issued between 2011-2020.

Metropolitan Statistical Area Total Single-family Permits (Units #): 2011-2020
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX                                  363,067
Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX                                  292,219
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA                                  196,745
Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ                                  179,479
Austin-Round Rock, TX                                  135,181
Charlotte-Concord-Gastonia, NC-SC                                  129,832
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV                                  127,967
Orlando-Kissimmee-Sanford, FL                                  118,372
Nashville-Davidson–Murfreesboro–Franklin, TN                                  108,311
Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater, FL                                  103,117
New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA                                    97,224
Raleigh, NC                                    90,779
Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, CO                                    88,937
Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA                                    86,362
Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, CA                                    84,803
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA                                    82,350
Jacksonville, FL                                    81,635
Las Vegas-Henderson-Paradise, NV                                    80,024
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI                                    75,800
Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI                                    73,177

The map below shows total single-family permits issued for all 384 metropolitan statistical areas between 2011-2020. The dark colors denotes the highest number of permits issued while the lightest colors shows the lowest number of total permits issued.

For multifamily construction, areas with a high population density had the highest number of permits issued in the last 10 years. The table below shows the top 20 metropolitan statistical areas which issued the highest number of total multifamily permits between 2011-2020.

Metropolitan Statistical Area Total Multifamily Permits (Units #): 2011-2020
New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA                                  377,761
Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX                                  217,621
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA                                  185,732
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX                                  162,545
Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA                                 139,659
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV                                  117,474
Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach, FL                                  115,762
Austin-Round Rock, TX                                  111,636
Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, CO                                    86,515
San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA                                    84,001
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA                                    82,492
Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ                                    80,379
Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI                                    79,726
Boston-Cambridge-Newton, MA-NH                                    79,408
Orlando-Kissimmee-Sanford, FL                                    72,461
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI                                    68,306
Charlotte-Concord-Gastonia, NC-SC                                    66,560
Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA                                    64,612
Nashville-Davidson–Murfreesboro–Franklin, TN                                    60,709
Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, PA-NJ-DE-MD                                    59,271

The map below shows total number of multifamily permits issued for all 384 metropolitan statistical areas between 2011-2020. The dark color indicates the highest number of total multifamily permits issued while the lightest color shows the lowest number of multifamily permits issued.

 



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