CHART: Where in Missouri is development hottest? Follow the permits.

A western suburb of St. Louis and two eastern suburbs of Kansas City are the hottest markets for development in the state, according to one measure.

An analysis from Governing magazine shows that St. Peters, located in St. Charles County, led Missouri in permitted units per 10,000 residents in 2018. St. Peters issued 618 unit permits, or 108.1 for every 10,000 residents.

Blue Springs (72.6 units per 10,000 residents) and Lee’s Summit (56.3), both located in Jackson County, ranked second and third on the list. The list included only cities with populations of at least 50,000.

Building permit totals are an important metric for cities, according to the analysis, because they often correlate with economic and population growth.

The analysis distinguishes between building permits and unit permits. Building permits cover any new structure, including multi-unit structures. Unit permits cover individual residences.


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