Where Permits for New Construction Are Surging

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Home building has ramped up over the last decade and notably accelerated sharply in 2020 during the pandemic, according to the National Association of Home Builders. Builders applied for 134% more single-family permits in 2020 compared to 2011. Permits are used as a gauge to measure future construction. Multifamily construction permits are 139% higher in that period.

Construction has increased the most in Texas, which nabs the top spot for activity with three out of the five largest single-family markets for housing permits.

The National Association of Home Builders identified the following markets as seeing the fastest growth in construction based on single-family permit growth from 2011 to 2020:

  • Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, Texas: 363,067 (total single-family permits from 2011-2020)
  • Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, Texas: 292,219
  • Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, Ga.: 196,745
  • Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, Ariz.: 179,479
  • Austin-Round Rock, Texas: 135,181
  • Charlotte-Concord-Gastonia, N.C.-S.C.: 129,832
  • Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, D.C.-Va.-Md.-W. Va.: 127,967
  • Orlando-Kissimmee-Sanford, Fla.: 118,372
  • Nashville-Davidson-Murfreesboro-Franklin, Tenn.: 108,311
  • Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater, Fla.: 103,117
  • New York-Newark-Jersey City, N.Y.-N.J.-Pa.: 97,224

The top three markets for multifamily permits between 2011 and 2020 have been in New York-Newark-Jersey City, N.Y.-N.J.-Pa.; Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, Texas; and Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, Calif.