Map of select U.S. metro areas showing the change in new homebuilding permits issued per 100k people from May 2020 to May 2023. Overall, U.S. metro areas are seeing 9.5 more permits per 100k people in 2023 compared to 2020. Cities in Florida and South Carolina are seeing some of the greatest relative increases in new homebuilding activity, while cities in Mississippi, Alabama and Washington are decreasing the most.