September Single-Family Permit Gains

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Over the first nine months of 2021, the total number of single-family permits issued year-to-date (YTD) nationwide reached 864,184. On a year-over-year (YoY) basis, this is a 21.2% increase over the September 2020 level of 713,286.

Year-to-date ending in September, single-family permits increased in all four regions. Southern region reported the strongest increase of 22.8%, followed by Northeast (+20.4%), West (+20.3%), and Midwest (+16.1%). Multifamily permits were robust across the country in September compared to last year; West (+35.3%), Midwest (+26.7%), South (+24.5%), and Northeast (+17.7%),

Between September 2020 YTD and September 2021 YTD, 49 states and the District of Columbia saw growth in single-family permits issued. The District of Columbia recorded the highest growth rate during this time at 234.7% from 98 to 328. Mississippi reported a decline of 0.5%. The 10 states issuing the highest number of single-family permits combined accounted for 62.3% of the total single-family permits issued.

Year-to-date, ending in September 2021, the total number of multifamily permits issued nationwide reached 438,700. This is 26.6% ahead over the September 2020 level of 346,617.

Between September 2020 YTD and September 2021 YTD, 42 states recorded growth while eight states and the District of Columbia recorded a decline in multifamily permits. New Mexico led the way with a sharp rise (237.7%) in multifamily permits from 594 to 2,006, while Connecticut had the largest decline of 51.3% from 2,458 to 1,196. The 10 states issuing the highest number of multifamily permits combined accounted for 63.1% of the multifamily permits issued.

At the local level, below are top 10 metro areas that issued the highest number of single-family permits.

For multifamily permits, below are the top 10 local areas that issued the highest number of permits.






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