New U.S. Census data shows the number of houses built in the Tucson area grew by 17 percent from 2012 to 2013.

Nearly 3,491 new residential housing units were built in 2013, with 2,623 of those being single-family homes.

In 2012, almost 2,175 single-family homes were built.

Those numbers are still well below the high point from the last 10 years. In 2005, the Tucson area saw 11,644 new homes built.

“...2013 was a good year for Southern Arizona home-builders," said David Godlewsk of the Southern Arizona Home Builders Association. "We saw an increase in permitting, and that was a continuation of the positive recovery we saw in the housing market in 2012, and we’re optimistic we’ll see similar increases in 2014.”

The number of new housing units built in 2013 that could hold five or more families increased by 24 percent from 2012. That number has more than quadrupled since 2010.