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Starts Watch: 1998 Totals

United States residential building permits totaled 1,612,260 housing units in 1998 according to the C40 Housing Units Authorized by Building Permit report issued by the US Census Bureau. This is an 11.9% increase from the 1997 total of 1,441,136 units.

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.

Texas was the state with the most overall housing permits (156,729), followed by Florida (148,603) and California (124,035). The states with the fewest permits were Wyoming (1,867), Vermont (2,198), and Montana (2,561).

Single-family permits for the United States totaled 1,187,602  in 1998, up 11.8% from 1,062,396 in 1997. By state, the highest number of single-family permits was in Texas (99,831), followed by Florida (97,889) and California (93,414). The lowest number of single-family permits was in Montana (1,485), followed by Wyoming  (1,562) and North Dakota (1,704).

Multifamily permits totaled 424,658 in 1998, up 12.1% from 378,740 in 1997. By state, the most multifamily permits were in Texas (56,898), followed by Florida (50,714) and California (30,621). The lowest number of multifamily permits was in Rhode Island (102), followed by Wyoming (305), and Vermont (365).

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