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Starts Watch: 1999 Final Totals

United States residential building permits totaled 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 3.2% increase from the 1998 total of 1,612,260 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.

Florida supplants Texas as the state with the most overall housing permits with 164,863, up 10.8% from 1998.  Following are Texas  (146,564 down 6.5% from 1998) and California (138,039, up 11.3% from 1998).  The states with the fewest permits were Wyoming (1,900), Alaska (2,211), and Montana (2,566).  

The states with the greatest percentage increase in total starts from 1998 were Rhode Island (29.2%), Hawaii (26.7%) and Vermont (18.3%).  The greatest percent decreases from 1998 were in Alaska (-23.1%), North Dakota (-13.3%) and Nevada (-11.8%).

Single-family permits for the United States totaled 1,246,665  in 1999, up 5.0% from  1,187,602  in 1998. This is the second consecutive year for that US single-family permits set a new record high.  By state, Florida replaced Texas as the state with the highest number of single-family permits, totaling 106,569, an 8.9% increase from 1998.  California was second with 102,750, a 10.0% increase from 1998.  Texas slipped to third, totaling 101,848, 1 2.0% increase from 1998.  The states with the fewest single-family permits were North Dakota  (1,443), followed by Wyoming  (1,456) and Alaska (1,539).

The states with the greatest percentage increase for single-family permits from 1998 were Vermont (19.3%), Hawaii (17.6%) and West Virginia (15.8%).  The states with the greatest decreases in single-family permits from 1998 were Alaska (-23.4%), North Dakota (-15.3%) and Wyoming (-6.8%). 

  • Map of total single-family permits by state: GIF  | Acrobat 
  • Map of percent change in single-family permits from 1998 to 1999: GIF  |Acrobat 

Multifamily permits totaled 416,868 in 1999, down 1.8% from 424,658 in 1998. Florida passed Texas as the state with the highest number of multifamily starts, totaling 58,153 a 14.7% increase from 1998.  Texas was second with 44,716, a decrease of 21.4%.  California was third with 35,289, a 15.2% increase.  The lowest number of multifamily permits was in Maine (313), followed by Vermont (413), and Wyoming (444).

The state with the highest percentage increase in multifamily permits from 1998 is Rhode Island, which showed a 598.0% increase, from 102 units to 712 units.  Following were Hawaii (82.0%),  and Wyoming 45.6%.  Perhaps even more important than these increases in traditionally low-permit states is the 38.1% increase in Ohio, an increase of 4,366 units.  The states with the largest decreases were Maine (-49.8%), Connecticut (-49.2%) and Nebraska (-41.6%).  Probably the most important decrease was in Texas, where multifamily permits were down by 12,182 units from 1998.

  • Map of total multifamily permits by state: GIF  | Acrobat 
  • Map of percent change in multifamily permits from 1998 to 1999 by state: GIF  | Acrobat 
  • Map of ratio of multifamily permits to total permits, 1999: GIF  | Acrobat 

We have also updated our graphs of historical starts:

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