Of the 6,048 new single-family permits issued during the first seven months of 2012, almost half of them (46 percent) were issued in El Paso, Douglas and Larimer counties alone. According to new single-family July 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-July 2012
El Paso 1,301
(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 (x.001):
El Paso 5.7
the first seven months of 2012, the metro counties with few
new single-family permits relative to the size of the existing stock are
Pueblo, Jefferson, Denver, 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-July 2011 to January-July 2012, several metro
counties reported year-over-year increases of 50 percent or more. No metro counties reported decreases.
Largest increases among metro counties:
Douglas 85 percent
Jefferson 70 percent
Weld 51 percent
Denver 51 percent
Smallest increases among metro counties:
Boulder 28 percent
Adams 23 percent
Mesa 20 percent
Larimer 48 percent
Broomfield 43 percent
El Paso 42 percent
Pueblo 35 percent
Arapahoe 33 percent