Second Homes, Part 2

The U.S. Census reports that there were 193,000 seasonal or recreational housing units (second homes) in Wisconsin in 2010. That represents 7.4 percent of the 2.6 million housing units¹ in the state. On a percentage basis, that places Wisconsin seventh among all states and compares to 3.5 percent in the U.S.

QUESTION: What state had the highest rate of seasonal or recreational housing in 2010?

A. Montana
B. Maine
C. Florida
D. Arizona


B. Maine

Maine ranks #1 with 16.4 percent of all housing units in classified as seasonal or recreational housing. Vermont ranked second and New Hampshire third at 15.6 percent and 10.4 percent respectively. Montana ranked sixth (8.0 percent); Florida eighth (7.3 percent) and Arizona was ninth (6.5 percent).

In absolute numbers, Florida was the leader with 657,000 seasonal or recreational units followed by California (303,000); New York (289,000); and Michigan (263,000). There were 193,000 seasonal or recreational housing units (second homes) in Wisconsin in 2010 or 7.4 percent of all housing units in the state.

¹A single-family house, townhouse, mobile home or trailer, apartment, group of rooms, or single room that is occupied as a separate living quarters or, if vacant, is intended for occupancy as a separate living quarters.

*TGIF is adapted from the ECON QUIZ published weekly in the Wisconsin State Journal.