Multi-Family Construction Gathers Steam, But Still Lags Population Growth

New apartment and condo construction in the Houston area continues to pick up, but it's still well short of demand.

Speaking at a luncheon for the North Houston Association, Texas A & M University economist Jim Gaines said that permitting and construction for multi-family homes is going strong — after languishing for several years during and after the recession.

“We’re going to build something like 13,000-14,000 new units in Houston this year. The occupancy rate is very high historically. Rents have gone back up again. Multifamily development is going strong. If you want a comparison, though, Austin is building the exact same number as Houston.”

Houston’s population is roughly three times that of Austin’s.

The demand for apartments and condominiums is being fueled by the large number of new residents pouring into the Houston area from out of state in search of work. Much of that influx is settling to the north of the city, drawn by the construction of ExxonMobil’s new campus near The Woodlands.


Andrew Schneider

Andrew Schneider

Politics and Government Reporter

Andrew heads Houston Public Media’s coverage of national, state, and local elections. He also reports on major policy issues before the Texas delegations in the U.S. House and Senate, as well as the Texas governorship, the state legislature, and county and city governments. Before taking up his current post, Andrew...

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