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Data Dashboard: Total Housing Units Permitted


Total Housing Units Permitted

Trend at a Glance

At last count

12,664 housing units

Current Through

December 2018



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 were apparent in Wake County’s construction sector. Between 2007 and 2009, the number of permitted units fell by 71%. This number has rebounded between 2012 and 2014.  The County has shown steady growth over the last four years.

Did you know?

New multifamily housing units climbed nearly 38% from 2017 to 2018.

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


February 2019 to reflect data through December 2018




Created at 1/3/2014 4:12 PM by Lori K. Neumeier
Last modified at 2/28/2019 8:42 PM by Jason Horton


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