Wisconsin New private housing units authorized by building permits - total, 2010 (20,000-place universe) by County

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New private housing units authorized by building permits - total, 2010 (20,000-place universe) - (Number)
County Value
Adams 62
Ashland 19
Barron 80
Bayfield 59
Brown 988
Buffalo 25
Burnett 62
Calumet 57
Chippewa 130
Clark 39
Columbia 102
Crawford 48
Dane 1,060
Dodge 144
Door 145
Douglas 92
Dunn 74
Eau Claire 227
Florence 24
Fond du Lac 229
Forest 54
Grant 93
Green 54
Green Lake 40
Iowa 36
Iron 18
Jackson 58
Jefferson 194
Juneau 87
Kenosha 248
Kewaunee 37
La Crosse 287
Lafayette 26
Langlade 55
Lincoln 72
Manitowoc 88
Marathon 262
Marinette 109
Marquette 22
Menominee 4
Milwaukee 1,006
Monroe 174
Oconto 109
Oneida 136
Outagamie 530
Ozaukee 121
Pepin 18
Pierce 121
Polk 91
Portage 138
Price 48
Racine 240
Richland 41
Rock 111
Rusk 50
Sauk 119
Sawyer 101
Shawano 64
Sheboygan 69
St. Croix 150
Taylor 25
Trempealeau 92
Vernon 77
Vilas 131
Walworth 111
Washburn 59
Washington 328
Waukesha 486
Waupaca 72
Waushara 68
Winnebago 359
Wood 109

Value for Wisconsin (Number): 10,864

Source: U.S. Bureau of the Census, Construction--Building Permits. Updated monthly, summarized here annually. http://www.census.gov/const/www/permitsindex.html.


Building permits represent the number of new privately-owned housing units authorized by building permits in the United States. A housing unit, as defined for purposes of this report, is a house, an apartment, a group of rooms or a single room intended for occupancy as separate living quarters. Separate living quarters are those in which the occupants live separately from any other individuals in the building and which have a direct access from the outside of the building or through a common hall. In accordance with this definition, each apartment unit in an apartment building is counted as one housing unit. Housing units, as distinguished from “HUD-code” manufactured (mobile) homes, include conventional “site-built” units, prefabricated, panelized, componentized, sectional, and modular units. Housing unit statistics in these tables exclude group quarters (such as dormitories and rooming houses), transient accommodations (such as transient hotels, motels, and tourist courts), "HUD-code" manufactured (mobile) homes, moved or relocated units, and housing units created in an existing residential or nonresidential structure.

These numbers provide a general indication of the amount of new housing stock that may have been added to the housing inventory. Since not all permits become actual housing starts and starts lag the permit stage of construction, these numbers do not represent total new construction, but should provide a general indicator on construction activity and the local real estate market.

The value of new private housing units is the sum of the estimated valuation of construction on each building permit authorized in that year by local permit-issuing jurisdictions.

Scope and Methodology:

Building permits data are based on reports submitted by local building permit officials in response to a Census Bureau mail survey of 20,000 permit-issuing places. They are obtained using Form C-404, Report of New Privately Owned Residential Building or Zoning Permits Issued. Data are collected from individual permit offices, most of which are municipalities; the remainder are counties, townships, or New England and Middle Atlantic-type towns. When a report is not received, missing data are either (1) obtained from the Survey of Construction, which is used to collect information on housing starts, or (2) imputed.

The number of new housing units authorized by county is obtained by directly cumulating the data for the permit-issuing places to counties. Although not subject to sampling variability, data are subject to various nonsampling errors. Explicit measures of their effects generally are not available, but it is believed that most of the significant response and operational errors were detected and corrected in the course of the Census Bureau''s review of the data for reasonableness and consistency.

The portion of residential construction measurable from building permits records is inherently limited since such records obviously do not reflect construction activity outside of areas subject to local permits requirements. For the nation as a whole, less than 2 percent of all privately owned housing units are constructed in areas not requiring building permits. However, this proportion varies greatly from state to state and among counties. Any attempt to use these figures for inter-area comparisons of construction volume must, at best, be made cautiously and with broad reservations.

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