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The Villages, FL, the largest retirement community in the United States, led all MSAs in single-family housing permits per 1,000 residents.

Another Way to Look at Housing’s Hottest Markets in 2017

When measured by single-family permits per 1,000 housing starts, more than 30 local markets doubled the national rate.

A good way to gauge activity in the residential construction market at the local level is to look at the number of single-family permits pulled per 1,000 residents. On a national basis, the 2017 ratio was 2.3 single-family permits per 1,000 residents. More than 30 Metropolitan Statistical Areas did twice that last year.  Many of these metros are in vacation areas or popular retirement destinations, particularly along the coast or in the mountains.

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