To determine the cities that are building the most high-density housing, 24/7 Wall St. reviewed data from the U.S. Census Bureau’s monthly Build Permits Survey, using annual data from 2021 and 2016. Cities were ranked based on the percentage-point change in the number of new construction permits for buildings with five units or more as a share of all buildings from 2016 to 2021.
Supplemental data on new building permits for all buildings also came from the U.S. Census Bureau. Data on population and median monthly rent are from the 2021 American Community Survey and are one-year estimates. Data on land area used to calculate population density came from the U.S. Census Bureau and are current as of 2021.
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