According to the most recent U.S. Census, there were 193,000 seasonal and recreational housing units (second homes) in Wisconsin in 2010. That represents an increase of 51,000 housing units or 36 percent since 2000. For comparison, total housing units¹ in Wisconsin increased by 303,000 or 13.1 percent during the same period.
QUESTION: What Wisconsin county experienced the largest increase in the number of second homes between 2000 and 2010?
Marinette County experienced the greatest increase in the number second homes (+3,023) between 2000 and 2010. Door County ranked second with 2,584.
The number of second homes in Vilas and Walworth Counties increased by 1,719 and 1,454 units respectively.
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.
Source: U.S. Census, Tables H1 and H5 (2000 and 2010)
*TGIF is adapted from the ECON QUIZ published weekly in the Wisconsin State Journal.