Second Homes, Part 3

In 2010, seasonal and recreational housing (second homes) accounted for 7.4 percent of the 2.6 million housing units¹ in Wisconsin. In twenty three of Wisconsin’s seventy two counties over 20 percent of the housing units in the county were second homes. In eleven counties, second homes comprised at least 40 percent of the housing units in the county.

QUESTION: What Wisconsin county had the highest percentage of second homes in 2010?

A. Door
B. Columbia (WI Dells)
C. Vilas (Eagle River/Minocqua)
D. Walworth (Lake Geneva)


C. Vilas

In 2010, Vilas County ranked #1 in Wisconsin with second housing comprising 57 percent of all housing units in the county. The others include: Door (40 percent); Columbia (7.2 percent); and Sawyer (50.6 percent).

Vilas County also had the greatest number of second homes in the state in 2010 with 14,306 followed by Oneida (12,566), Marinette (10,609); Door (9,554); and Walworth (Lake Geneva) with 8,912 second homes.

Source: 2010 Census, Tables H1 and H5.

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.