WASHINGTON, D.C. (Hanley Wood) – Texas housing markets are among the healthiest for home building, according to Hanley Wood Market Intelligence.

The firm’s Builder Market Health Index gives many Texas MSAs a market health indicator well above 50 out of 100 (50 being the minimum to be considered healthy).

Austin-Round Rock had a score of 86.5, second only to Raleigh-Cary, NC, which had 86.9.

Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown scored a 77.3, San Antonio a 75.6, Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington a 70.7 and El Paso a 65.8. Killeen-Temple-Fort Hood and McAllen-Edinburg-Mission each scored 54.5.

According to Hanley Wood, the index weighs housing conditions in the 100 largest home building markets based on the 2011 outlook for six key variables most associated with strong home sales. Those include unemployement rate, change in unemployment numbers, home price appreciation, household growth, job growth and median income growth.

Growth in the Last Year (%)      
MSA Name Home Prices Employment Households Unemploy-ment Median Income Market Health Indicator
0 – 100
Raleigh-Cary, NC -3.32 2.96 3.22 4.33 3.22 86.9
Austin-Round Rock, TX -2.77 3.43 3.08 -0.72 2.96 86.5
Durham-Chapel Hill, NC -1.78 1.37 1.39 -4.94 4.36 81.5
Huntsville, AL -3.11 3.46 3.63 -3.67 1.61 80.3
Gulfport-Biloxi, MS 1.53 3.28 3.24 -2.44 4.52 78.1
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI -2.73 1.57 1.77 -10.22 2.01 77.6
Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX -1.59 2.66 2.30 -4.87 3.33 77.3
Charlotte-Gastonia-Concord, NC-SC -1.25 1.63 2.40 0.09 3.44 76.6
Naples-Marco Island, FL -19.27 4.84 3.51 -1.89 2.65 75.8
San Antonio, TX -1.13 2.84 2.37 -2.44 2.33 75.6
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV -7.49 1.29 1.07 5.62 2.45 74.8
Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX -6.21 2.52 2.36 0.12 3.19 70.7
Birmingham-Hoover, AL -0.09 1.00 1.86 -9.53 3.27 70.1
Nashville-Davidson–Murfreesboro–Franklin, TN -4.10 2.00 1.99 9.57 2.45 67.2
El Paso, TX -2.49 2.62 2.06 -0.73 2.85 65.8
Wilmington, NC -0.87 1.62 2.22 8.35 0.65 65.0
Richmond, VA -2.05 1.15 1.27 -2.96 2.29 64.2
Boise City-Nampa, ID -1.16 1.86 2.18 -9.12 2.39 63.0
Omaha-Council Bluffs, NE-IA -2.79 1.49 1.33 1.69 2.76 62.8
Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, MA-NH -10.28 0.65 0.63 -2.06 3.06 62.6
Bradenton-Sarasota-Venice, FL -8.97 3.05 1.68 -1.68 5.33 62.5
Madison, WI -4.61 0.84 0.90 -0.71 2.24 62.3
Salt Lake City, UT -5.56 0.88 2.12 2.79 3.16 61.7
Mobile, AL -0.71 1.06 2.22 -21.05 2.65 61.7
Fayetteville-Springdale-Rogers, AR-MO -1.39 2.18 1.65 0.00 3.95 60.1
Myrtle Beach-North Myrtle Beach-Conway, SC 3.71 2.22 2.77 0.26 0.93 59.8
Portland-Vancouver-Beaverton, OR-WA -3.15 1.93 2.14 7.76 2.33 58.7
Des Moines-West Des Moines, IA -1.34 1.08 0.79 -3.08 3.75 57.9
Charleston-North Charleston-Summerville, SC -1.31 0.96 1.66 1.72 1.71 57.8
Little Rock-North Little Rock-Conway, AR -2.08 1.57 1.02 -1.84 4.10 57.3
Savannah, GA 0.65 0.93 1.67 -10.81 2.03 56.9
Knoxville, TN -2.46 1.45 1.28 2.34 0.90 56.8
Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA 1.48 1.41 1.29 5.47 1.72 56.8
San Francisco-Oakland-Fremont, CA -15.31 0.36 1.04 -3.75 2.36 56.5
Oklahoma City, OK -2.09 1.21 1.40 4.15 3.62 55.9
Portland-South Portland-Biddeford, ME -6.88 1.10 0.75 5.63 2.26 55.6
Orlando-Kissimmee, FL -10.85 3.23 1.64 -3.89 3.84 55.6
Jacksonville, FL -8.44 2.42 1.25 -7.02 4.93 55.4
Provo-Orem, UT -3.14 1.35 2.46 2.80 1.75 55.4
Denver-Aurora-Broomfield, CO -6.32 1.70 1.66 5.32 2.56 55.3
Killeen-Temple-Fort Hood, TX -0.93 2.68 1.87 -3.19 1.79 54.5
McAllen-Edinburg-Mission, TX -0.34 3.12 2.54 -6.13 3.25 54.5
Eugene-Springfield, OR -1.64 1.37 1.63 9.41 3.47 53.9
Lexington-Fayette, KY -1.63 2.30 1.40 3.67 2.22 53.7
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta, GA -3.55 1.74 2.53 -5.50 3.92 53.0
San Diego-Carlsbad-San Marcos, CA -10.19 0.66 1.06 -1.23 2.22 52.5
Fresno, CA -7.75 0.83 1.67 -2.87 2.49 52.3
Albuquerque, NM -5.86 3.09 0.80 9.55 4.01 50.8
Colorado Springs, CO -4.20 2.03 1.78 3.91 2.27 50.7
Asheville, NC -0.60 0.83 1.11 13.44 2.90 50.7
Visalia-Porterville, CA 0.32 1.64 2.57 1.48 1.77 50.0
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Santa Ana, CA -12.88 0.54 1.23 -0.93 2.31 50.0
Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News, VA-NC -6.88 0.99 0.84 3.26 2.69 48.8
New York-Northern New Jersey-Long Island, NY-NJ-PA -10.34 0.56 0.37 2.13 3.14 48.2
Baton Rouge, LA -4.40 1.80 0.84 13.38 3.00 47.7
Sacramento–Arden-Arcade–Roseville, CA -10.95 1.00 1.59 -1.17 2.25 47.7
Columbia, SC -1.71 1.57 1.68 1.07 1.17 47.1
Tallahassee, FL -3.35 2.99 0.57 0.90 5.21 47.0
Augusta-Richmond County, GA-SC -0.33 0.73 0.90 -10.74 3.59 46.7
Greenville-Mauldin-Easley, SC -4.22 1.16 1.53 0.21 2.03 46.7
Columbus, OH -5.85 1.62 1.02 -5.27 1.21 46.5
Jackson, MS 0.62 1.48 1.35 -4.82 0.75 46.5
Tulsa, OK -1.46 1.08 1.36 3.34 2.52 46.5
Kansas City, MO-KS -1.98 1.72 1.19 -1.86 2.22 45.0
Chicago-Naperville-Joliet, IL-IN-WI -2.81 0.67 0.78 3.39 3.07 44.2
Miami-Fort Lauderdale-Pompano Beach, FL -19.73 2.47 0.68 -4.22 4.82 43.6
Ogden-Clearfield, UT -4.03 0.82 1.99 0.67 0.22 43.6
Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ -10.99 1.18 3.24 2.12 0.97 43.3
Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, CA -16.24 0.28 1.34 -0.69 2.10 42.7
Louisville/Jefferson County, KY-IN -3.75 1.78 1.10 1.10 2.72 42.4
Baltimore-Towson, MD -7.01 0.73 0.68 6.09 1.63 42.4
Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater, FL -11.12 2.35 0.66 -3.75 5.45 41.8
Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk, CT -10.37 -0.01 0.76 4.12 0.84 41.5
Jacksonville, NC -4.13 0.62 0.37 10.03 3.78 41.0
Allentown-Bethlehem-Easton, PA-NJ -6.40 0.70 0.66 2.36 1.76 39.1
Beaumont-Port Arthur, TX 3.48 1.21 0.68 -1.13 3.41 38.9
New Orleans-Metairie-Kenner, LA -1.22 1.36 0.28 11.11 1.69 38.7
Lancaster, PA -3.91 0.73 0.51 6.27 2.11 38.0
Clarksville, TN-KY -3.37 1.78 1.35 3.02 0.41 37.7
Memphis, TN-MS-AR -2.75 1.06 1.15 8.98 1.96 37.4
Olympia, WA -2.98 1.09 0.81 7.12 -1.87 36.6
Providence-New Bedford-Fall River, RI-MA -5.79 1.31 0.15 1.03 2.37 36.0
Atlantic City-Hammonton, NJ -9.48 0.21 0.77 -3.25 1.66 35.4
Greensboro-High Point, NC -0.32 0.49 0.71 10.55 3.81 34.4
Winston-Salem, NC -2.73 0.66 0.71 6.23 3.85 34.4
Cincinnati-Middletown, OH-KY-IN -7.30 1.44 0.88 -4.19 0.47 34.3
Las Vegas-Paradise, NV -14.45 1.38 1.69 4.15 2.18 32.4
Springfield, MO 1.21 1.09 1.30 4.43 2.12 31.6
Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, PA-NJ-DE-MD -8.17 0.52 0.38 1.15 2.10 30.1
Indianapolis-Carmel, IN -8.82 1.15 1.36 5.86 1.62 29.1
Harrisburg-Carlisle, PA -0.54 0.62 0.37 1.07 1.03 25.4
Vallejo-Fairfield, CA -11.82 -0.17 0.02 -0.48 2.99 24.3
St. Louis, MO-IL -7.10 0.55 0.79 -0.20 2.39 23.5
Wichita, KS -2.11 1.63 0.69 19.12 1.60 22.0
Lakeland-Winter Haven, FL -5.02 2.31 0.77 0.00 3.52 21.6
Syracuse, NY -3.26 0.60 0.10 9.65 2.42 17.9
Fayetteville, NC -2.19 0.22 0.24 14.14 1.65 17.9
Detroit-Warren-Livonia, MI -3.35 -0.14 0.16 2.14 2.92 15.5
Pittsburgh, PA -1.79 0.15 0.04 7.13 1.90 14.4
Cleveland-Elyria-Mentor, OH -7.95 0.27 -0.31 -3.11 0.50 11.2
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