Building permits are an indicator of how many new homes will be built in the near future and where they will be located. Over 2,200 new homes were permitted in 2016, the greatest number since 2007. The percentage of new homes in cities and urban areas has been increasing.
The majority of new homes permitted in Thurston County are single-family homes. Multifamily homes make up about a third of the total urban housing stock while roughly a quarter of rural dwellings are manufactured or mobile homes.