The continued supply and pandemic-induced labor shortages have crippled most industries in America, but construction has not.
Over the past two years, residential construction has increased across the United States, according to an in-depth report using US Census Bureau data by Omnis Panels. The report analyzed new building permit data from 368 cities across the country, focusing on the number of permits issued in the first six months of 2021 and the first six months of 2021. Despite the pandemic, permits for residential projects of all sizes increased 36 percent nationally while permits for single-family homes increased 30 percent. Permits for large buildings of five or more units have also increased by 21% since 2020.
So which cities are at the top of the list for new single family homes? First and foremost is Sacramento, which has seen building permits for single-family homes increase 66% since 2020, more than double the national increase. The city issued nearly 5,000 new building permits for single-family homes earlier this summer, even as California debated the merits of a controversial new zoning law that will allow more duplexes on single-family lots across the city. ‘State. Single-family units have sprouted elsewhere in California. Silicon Valley is in second place, with permits in San Jose, Sunnyvale and Santa Clara up 63%. In neighboring San Francisco, one of the country’s most expensive housing markets, permits for single-family homes have increased 51%.
At least half a dozen cities in Texas have seen significant growth in single-family home construction during the pandemic. San Antonio saw the third-largest increase in new single-family home construction in the country, with 7,558 permits issued in the first six months of 2021. In the trendy and trendy neighborhood of Austin, permits for new homes grew 41% while the Dallas-Fort Worth metropolitan area has seen a 39 percent increase over the past two years. Houston, America’s fourth largest city, continues to grow with a 39% increase in the number of new homes.
Builders also inflated the housing market in the Midwest, with Columbus, Ohio and Minneapolis ranking fourth and fifth on the list. As the fastest growing Midwestern city, it’s no surprise that construction is booming in Columbus, where permits for single-family homes have increased 61%. And while Minneapolis became the first US city to scrap restrictive single-family home zoning laws in 2019, that hasn’t stopped new single-family homes being built in the area and in its sister city, St. Paul. Permits for single-family units have increased 53% since 2020, reaching nearly 6,000 at the start of this summer. In Chicago, which maintained its title as America’s third largest city this year, construction of new single-family homes in the city and surrounding suburbs continued despite COVID-19. The Omnis Panels study found that the number of residential building permits increased by 52% in the Windy City. In neighboring Milwaukee, permits for single-family homes have increased by 40%.
Construction has flourished in the south, from Georgia to Florida. As a large, affordable city, more and more people are flocking to Jacksonville, Florida, and builders are keeping up with the demand. Building permits for single-family homes have swelled 53% since 2020, reaching over 8,500 at the start of this summer.
In Atlanta, a heated debate over proposed changes to the city’s zoning code to increase density in residential neighborhoods has not clamped down on new construction of single-family homes. La Grande PÃªche saw the seventh largest increase in new single-family home construction in the United States, with more than 18,000 permits in June 2021.
Leigh Giangreco covers media relations for Omnis Panels.