Residential Permits

Growth in San Joaquin County housing has slowed over time, especially during the recession. This graph shows single and multi-family residential building permits issued in San Joaquin County between 2000 and 2015. Permits peaked in 2003, slightly after migration inflows peaked in 2001, most likely from the dot com bubble. Although new building permits decreased prior to the Great Recession, it discouraged new residential construction. Beginning in 2008, less that 2,000 units (including apartments) were built annually until 2015, which was more than 3,000 units built. This still remains below the 8,000 annual units necessary to keep up with population growth (Source: UOP CBPR Index).
This graph shows the percent of building permits issued by type. Residential units constructed in San Joaquin County are overwhelmingly single-family homes, more than 93% between 2000 and 2015. Conversely, more than half of units constructed in California in that same timeframe were multi-family. The North San Joaquin Valley’s ample space and cheap real estate contribute to the style of home construction. Constructing large single-family housing developments is more difficult in urban San Francisco and Los Angeles areas (Source: UOP CBPR Index).