Of the 5,083 new single-family permits issued during the first six months of 2012, almost half of them (47 percent) were issued in El Paso, Douglas and Larimer counties alone. According to new single-family June permit data by county, released by the Census Bureau, the counties with the largest numbers of single-family permits issued during the first six months of 2012 were El Paso, Douglas, and Larimer, with El Paso reporting more single-family permits during the period than any other county.
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New single-family permits during January-June 2012
El Paso 1,108
(Note: All permits discussed in this article are single-family permits.)
when permit totals are adjusted to the number of existing housing units
in each county, the counties with the larges amounts of permit activity
were Douglas, Weld and Chaffee counties.These three counties have reported the highest permitting rate for several months.
New single-family permits per household (x1000):
El Paso 4.9
the first four months of 2012, the metro counties with few
new single-family permits relative to the size of the existing stock are
Pueblo, Jefferson, Arapahoe, and Boulder counties.
is also helpful to see which counties have shown the largest increases
and decreases in permit activity. In the list below, we see that
comparing January-June 2011 to January-June 2012, several metro
counties reported year-over-year increases of 50 percent or more. No metro counties reported decreases.
Largest increases among metro counties:
Broomfield 147 percent
Douglas 82 percent
Jefferson 69 percent
Weld 57 percent
Larimer 53 percent
Smallest increases among metro counties:
Adams 19 percent
Mesa 30 percent
Pueblo 35 percent
Arapahoe 40 percent
Boulder 46 percent
Denver 46 percent
El Paso 47 percent