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Total Housing Units Permitted

Trend at a Glance

At last count

11,424 housing units

Current Through

December 2019



What does this measure?

The number of single-family and multi-family units permitted annually provides insight into construction activity, land development patterns, and population growth and movement within the county. This indicator bridges the number of residential building permits issued in the county and the number of households in the county.  As increases in residential units reflect population growth or movement, this indicator may be used to estimate changes to the tax base on a year-to-year basis.

How is Wake County performing?

The effects of the 2008 economic downturn impacted permitted units into 2010. Since 2014, Wake County’s construction sector has shown steady increases through 2018.

Did you know?

New multifamily housing units averages approximately 33% of all new permitted units over the past five years.

Data Source

US Census Bureau Building Permit Survey

Data Considerations

Not applicable

Charts & Maps

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Data is updated:

Data is available monthly by the US Census Bureau (https://www.census.gov/construction/bps/).

Related Resources


March 2020 to reflect data through December 2019




Created at 1/3/2014 4:12 PM by Lori K. Neumeier
Last modified at 3/5/2020 10:41 AM by Jason Horton

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