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2011 Residential Construction Data

The U.S. Census Bureau released 2011 data on residential construction
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Last week, the U.S. Census Bureau released data on new building permits issued by localities in 2011. The map below shows the distribution of projects across the U.S., followed by a breakdown of the data via The Atlantic Cities.

From The Atlantic Cities:

 

Metros with the Most Construction Permits

Metro Construction permits, 2011 Percent of permitted units in
multi-family buildings, 2011
Houston, TX 31,271 27 percent
Dallas, TX 18,686 49 percent
Washington, DC 16,501 51 percent
New York, NY 13,973 91 percent
Austin, TX 10,239 39 percent
Los Angeles, CA 9,895 77 percent
Phoenix, AZ 9,081 20 percent
Seattle, WA 8,664 47 percent
Atlanta, GA 8,634 28 percent
San Antonio, TX 7,127 38 percent


More permits were issued in the Houston metro area than in any other metro, by far. Four of the top ten metros were in Texas. But this list is dominated by large metro areas, and we’d expect bigger areas to have more construction activity. Looking instead at the number of permits issued per 1,000 existing housing units shows the impact of construction on metro areas relative to their size. Here are the top and bottom ten metro areas by construction activity, among the largest 100 metro areas:

Most Construction Activity

Metro Construction permits per 1000
housing units, 2011
El Paso, TX 15.36
Austin, TX 14.49
Raleigh, NC 13.66
Houston, TX 13.55
Charleston, SC 12.80
Dallas, TX 11.26
Little Rock, AR 10.53
Baton Rouge, LA 9.51
Washington, DC 9.44
Columbia, SC 8.74

 

Least Construction Activity

Metro Construction permits per 1000
housing units, 2011
Detroit, MI 0.86
Long Island, NY 1.65
Providence, RI 1.70
Springfield, MA 1.77
Chicago, IL 1.83
Cleveland, OH 1.85
New Haven, CT 1.90
Dayton, OH 1.95
Toledo, OH 2.00
Ventura County, CA 2.02


The rate of construction is highest in metros within Texas and the Carolinas and lowest in the Northeast and Midwest. The map shows the pattern across America. The rate of construction is higher across the Texas, the mid-South and Mountain states, but lower in New England, the Great Lakes, South Florida and most of coastal California.

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