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Data Dashboard: Total Housing Units Permitted

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Total Housing Units Permitted

Trend at a Glance

At last count

6,629 single-family and 3,397 multi-family units permitted in 2013

Current Through

June 2014

Category

Development

What does this measure?

The number of single-family and multi-family units permitted annually provides insight into construction activity, development patterns, and population growth within the county. The concentration of single-family, mid-rise, and high-rise development can impact how surrounding transportation and commercial development systems function. As increases in residential units reflect population growth or movement, this indicator may be used to estimate changes to the tax base and public school student enrollment on a year-to-year basis.

This indicator bridges the number of building permits issued in the county and the number of households in the county. For example, a duplex requires a single building permit, but is considered two permitted housing units.

Housing unit counts are released by the US Census Bureau, while residential building permit counts are released by the Wake County Revenue Department. Differences in how and when these numbers are calculated may account for the discrepancy between single-family units permitted and residential building permits issued.

How is Wake County performing?

The effects of the national economic downturn were apparent in Wake County’s construction sector. Between 2007 and 2009, the number of permitted housing units fell by 71%. The number of single-family units permitted has increased annually since 2009.

Did you know?

In 2012, 6,501 multi-family units were permitted in Wake County. This is the only time in the last 13 years that the number of multi-family units exceeded single-family dwellings permitted.

Data Source

Data Considerations

Housing unit counts are released by the US Census Bureau, while residential building permit counts are released by the Wake County Revenue Department. Differences in how and when these numbers are calculated may account for the discrepancy between single-family units permitted and residential building permits issued.

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Data is updated:

Data is made available monthly by the US Census Bureau. Data is published here biannually on or around February 15 and August 15 by Wake County Planning, Development, and Inspections.

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Created at 1/3/2014 4:12 PM by Lori K. Neumeier
Last modified at 8/15/2014 12:23 PM by Lori K. Neumeier
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