Starts Watch: 1997 Totals
United States residential building permits totaled
1,441,136 housing units in 1997 according to the C40 Housing
Units Authorized by Building Permit report issued by
the US Census Bureau. This is a 1.1% increase from the
1996 total of 1,425,616 units.
We have analyzed the starts information by state in a
series of tables and maps. All maps are now in GIF format
as well as 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.
Florida was the state with the most overall housing
permits (133,990), followed by Texas (125,974) and
California (109,589). The states with the fewest permits
were Wyoming (1,669), Vermont (1,831), and Montana
Single-family permits for the United States totaled
1,062,396 in 1997, down 0.7% from 1,069,472 in 1996. By
state, the highest number of single-family permits was in
Florida (90,309), followed by California (84,149) and
Texas (82,180). The lowest number of single-family permits
was in Wyoming (1,288), followed by North Dakota (1,488)
and Montana (1,501).
Multifamily permits totaled 378,740 in 1997, up 6.3%
from 356,144 in 1996. By state, the most multifamily
permits were in Texas (43,794), followed by Florida
(43,681) and California (25,440). The lowest number of
multifamily permits was in Vermont (182), followed by
Rhode Island (348), and Wyoming (381).
In addition to the analyses we have been conducting
every month, we compared the 1997 permit totals to those
for 1992 (five years) and 1987 (ten years) to put the
totals in greater historical perspective
- 1992 to 1997
- 1987 to 1997
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