Starts Watch: 2000 Final Totals
United States residential building permits totaled 1,592,267
in 2000, down from 1,663,533
housing units in 1999 according to the C40 Housing Units
Authorized by Building Permit report issued by the US Census
Bureau. This is a decrease of 4.3% from 1999.
We have analyzed the starts information by state in a series
of tables and maps. All maps are in both GIF and Acrobat
format. For offline printing and analysis, we recommend the
Acrobat format because of the Acrobat Reader's ability to
magnify the map area and its better printing resolution.
These maps were converted using Acrobat 5.0.
Florida remains the state with the most overall
housing permits with 155,269 down from 164,863 in 1999 (down
Following are California (145,575, up 5.5% from 1999) and Texas
(141,321, down 3.6% from 1999) . The states with
the fewest permits were Wyoming (1,582), North Dakota (2,128), and
The states with the greatest percentage increase in total
starts from 1999 were Hawaii (16.5%), South Dakota (14.3%) and
Colorado (10.7%). The greatest percent decreases from 1999
were in Rhode Island (-24.0%), Oklahoma (-21.4%) and Arkansas
and Kansas (both -20.0%).
Single-family permits for the United States totaled 1,198,067
in 2000, a 3.9% decrease from 1,246,665
in 1999. By state, Texas replaced Florida as the
state with the highest number of single-family permits, totaling
108,613, a 6.6% increase from 1999. Florida was second
with 106,447, down 0.1% from 1999. California was third, totaling
105,018, a 2.2% increase from 1999. The
states with the fewest single-family permits were North Dakota
(1,257), followed by Wyoming (1,429) and Montana (1,565).
The states with the greatest percentage increase for
single-family permits from 1999 were Hawaii (26.6%), South
Dakota (9.2%) and New Hampshire (7.0%). The states with the
greatest decreases in single-family permits from 1999 were
Mississippi (-20.5%), Oklahoma (-18.8%) and Tennessee (-18.2%).
- Map of total single-family permits by state: GIF
- Map of percent change in single-family permits from 1999
to 2000: GIF |Acrobat
Multifamily permits totaled 394,200 in 2000, down 5.4% from 416,868 in
1999. Florida remains the state with the
highest number of multifamily starts, totaling 48,822 a 16.0%
increase from 1999. California was second with 40,557, an
increase of 14.9%. Texas was third with 32,618, a 27.1%
decrease. The lowest number of multifamily permits
was in Wyoming (313), followed by Vermont (413), and Rhode
The state with the highest percentage increase in multifamily
permits from 1999 is Delaware, which showed a 50.3% increase. Following were
Colorado (46.8%), and Maine (37.1%). The increase in
Colorado represents an additional 5,105 units. The states with the largest
percentage decreases were Wyoming (-65.5%), Rhode Island
(-52.2%) and Louisiana (-50.9%).
- Map of total multifamily permits by state: GIF
- Map of percent change in multifamily permits from 1999 to
2000 by state: GIF | Acrobat
- Map of ratio of multifamily permits to total permits,
2000: GIF | Acrobat
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