Residential building permits increased 4.8 percent last year in the midstate.
Better yet, the value of those permits rose 21.6 percent, according to final annual estimates from the U.S. Census Bureau.
Midstate metropolitan areas generated 4,301 permits worth $708 million in 2013. That is the highest valuation since 2008, according to Business Journal records.
Last year, 4,105 permits amounted to $582 million, according to the Census.
Of the four primary metro areas covered by the Business Journal, only Harrisburg-Carlisle saw fewer housing permits last year with 1,667. That was down from 1,916 in 2012.
There were 1,258 in Lancaster County compared with 1,160 in 2012. In Lebanon County, there were 448 compared with 224, while York-Hanover produced 928 permits compared with 805 in 2012.