The number of single-family permits issued nationwide rose to 279,302 over the first four months of 2018, up by 8.4% over the 257,719 permits issued in first four months of April 2017.

Single-family permit numbers rose in 31 states between April 2017 and April 2018, and declined in 19 states and the District of Columbia. Colorado recorded the highest growth rate with a 34.2% rise in single-family permits, while the District of Columbia had the steepest drop at 69.0%, down from 145 in 2017 to 45 in 2018.

Texas had the highest overall number of single-family permits in April 2018 at 41,750, followed by Florida at 30,701. The District of Columbia had the lowest at 45.

The 8.4% increase in nationwide growth rate in single-family permits, is largely due to the aggregate increase in single-family permits across the Western states. Out of the 13 which are classified as Western states, nine states recorded single-family permit growth exceeding the national average. A total of 15 states recorded growth rates higher than the national average and nine of these came from the Western region of the county.

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