Building permits are an indicator of how many new homes will be built in the near future and where they will be located. About 1,300 new homes were permitted in 2019 - a significant decrease from 2018.
The percentage of new homes in cities and urban areas continues to be higher than those permitted in unincorporated areas. Single-family dwellings made up 50% of the homes permitted in 2019 while only 44% of new homes were mulitfamily units such as apartments. The remaining 6% were manufactured homes.