Here, too, the influx of job seekers has left the city short on housing. Rents have nearly doubled in three years, with two-bedroom apartments going for $1,600 or more a month.
The number of building permits for single-family homes, more than quadrupled in 2012. "Usually, winter halts construction," said city administrator, Shawn Kessel. "But we've had two pretty mild winters in a row and construction never did stop."