Trending: Where new homes are being built

Building permits were filed for 104 new single-family homes in the city of Danbury during 2012, according to census data, making the Hat City the No. 1 spot in Southwestern Connecticut for new houses.

While the average number of single-family homes being built in 20 towns around the area is down by 10.7 percent since 2008, Danbury is a bright spot among its neighboring municipalities, with 70.5 percent more building permits in 2012 than in 2008.

This is the third consecutive year that Danbury has led the pack, after 103 single-family building permits were issued in 2011 and a high of 119 were issued in 2010. Previously, Greenwich had more permits than other towns and cities, with 94 in 2009 and 130 in 2008. These days, Greenwich is the No. 3 municipality, with 62 building permits.

How quickly is your town building single family homes? Here’s the breakdown of permits issued in 20 area towns and cities in 2012.

The data shows that Shelton’s single-family home construction has grown more quickly than any of the other 19 municipalities, doubling from 22 permits issued in 2008 to 44 permits issued in 2012. At the same time, Trumbull’s new housing stock has decreased more than any other town, shrinking by 90 percent over the five-year period, from 71 permits in 2008 to only seven in 2012.

Maggie Gordon