Over the six months of 2021, the total number of single-family permits issued year-to-date (YTD) nationwide reached 589,146. On a year-over-year (YoY) basis, this is a 35.9% increase over the June 2020 level of 433,484.
Year-to-date ending in June, single-family permits increased in all four regions. The Northeast region reported the strongest increase of 39.6%, followed by the Midwest (+35.9%), the West (+35.7%), and the South (+35.6%). Multifamily permits were robust across the country in June compared to last year; the Northeast (+36.5%), West (+27.7%), the Midwest (+23.7%), and the South (+15.8%).
Between June 2020 YTD and June 2021 YTD, all 50 states and the District of Columbia saw growth in single-family permits issued. The District of Columbia recorded the highest growth rate during this time at 300.0% from 54 to 216. The 10 states issuing the highest number of single-family permits combined accounted for 62.2% of the total single-family permits issued.
Year-to-date, ending in June 2021, the total number of multifamily permits issued nationwide reached 276,433. This is 22.9% ahead over the June 2020 level of 224,918.
Between June 2020 YTD and June 2021 YTD, 38 states recorded growth while 12 states and the District of Columbia recorded a decline in multifamily permits. New Mexico led the way with a sharp rise (824.7%) in multifamily permits from 146 to 1,350, while Connecticut had the largest decline of 44.5% from 1,462 to 811. The 10 states issuing the highest number of multifamily permits combined accounted for 63.2% of the multifamily permits issued.