Another sign of fast growth: residential building permits

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At the top of most any discussion of growth in this corner of North Texas, population change is the center of attention:

More than 25,000 people moved here each year since 2010, which is about 70 new neighbors every day. Since 2000, the population has almost doubled, with the 2017 estimate from the U.S. Census Bureau coming in at 969,603.

But there are other signs of growth, and residential building permits are a big one.

According to data from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development's Office of Policy Development and Research, multi-family home permits increased 93 percent from 2010-2017; single family permits alone rose by 54 percent in the same period.

Together, the permits topped 80,000 in just eight years, and equal the combined populations of Wylie, Prosper and Anna.

Here's how residential building permits stacked up against other Collin County growth rates for 2010-2017 (click on graphs for full-size versions):

(Sources: U.S. Census Bureau, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, Texas Workforce Commission, Collin County Tax Assessor and Collector, Texas Department of Transportation.)

Multi-Family permits

A brief glance at multi-family permits in 2010, showed none filed in towns and cities like McKinney, Frisco, and Allen – only to climb at an impressive rate from 2012 to present. Plano's multi-family permits have chugged along at a steady rate: 303 in 2010, 859 in 2017, with the biggest gain in 2014 with 1,493.

A similar track from the Collin County Central Appraisal District shows new commercial square footage for tax year 2018 added 19.5 million square feet, a 6% increase over 2017 -- and a 66% increase since 2013.

Single-Family permits

Single-family permits showed Frisco and McKinney pulling in more than 14,000 new filings, with McKinney more than doubling its 2010 numbers. Smaller cities and towns also showed major growth: Celina went from 56 single-family permits in 2010 to 902 last year; Anna showed no new permits in 2010 and 2011, yet have posted more than 320 a year since 2012, with 2017 showing 501 permits filed; and, Melissa's 337 new permits in 2017 is two and one-half times that were filed in 2010.

Only a few cities showed negative growth in 2017 single-family permits, and two of those are sealed in by neighboring cities and towns with no room to expand the city limits – Allen (447 to 435) and Murphy (72 to 25). Farmersville, whose single-family permits filings have only been as high as 9 in 2014, posted five filings in 2017.

Home Sales

Meanwhile, single-family homes sales continued their climb in 2017 with an average sales price of $363,917, a little more than 6 percent over the previous year, according to Texas A&M's Real Estate Center. Compared to 2011's average price, 2017's average marks a 34-percent increase in the last seven years.

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