El Paso County leads state in home construction

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There were more new single-family building permits issued in El Paso County than in any other county in the state during the first 11 months of 2012, according to the Colorado Division of Housing.

Pikes Peak Regional Building’s single-family construction permits  were up about 50 percent over 2011 totals, which those in the housing and building industry have celebrated. But the surprising news might be that more than one third of all single-family building permits issued in the state were issued in El Paso and neighboring Douglas County.

There were 2,208 single-family building permits issued in El Paso County through November 2012. That was more than the 1,571 in Douglas County and the 1,039 in Larimer County.

However, when compared relative to the existing number of homes in a county, El Paso County didn’t top the list. It came in fifth with 9.1 new building permits for every 1,000 existing homes. Douglas County topped the list with 15 new permits per 1,000 existing homes.