How single-family development boomed in Houston this past decade

by Emily Marek

Houston builders have been hard at work over the past decade. According to a new report from StorageCafe, the Bayou City ranks No. 2 in the country when it comes to housing development over the past 10 years.

Using data from the United States Census Bureau, StorageCafe found that 145,000 building permits were granted in Houston between January 2013 to December 2022. That’s the second-highest amount in any metro area in the country, with New York claiming the top spot.

It’s no surprise that New York saw the most multifamily development over the past decade — the city’s multifamily building permits account for over 98% of its 242,000 developments in the last 10 years. When it comes to single-family construction, however, Houston claims the top spot: With over 55,000 single-family building permits filed in the past decade, no other metro area in the country has added more detached homes to its inventory.

An additional four Texas cities fall in the top 10 for housing development: Austin (approximately 136,000 permits), Fort Worth (87,000), Dallas (86,000) and San Antonio (73,000).

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