A repeating question from people on housing statistics has been regarding recreation, seasonal or occasional use dwellings. Last fall, based on data from the 2010 Census, the Census Bureau published a 12-page summary looking at the current housing inventory by state and contrasting that with 2000. These are some of the first inventory and ownership-related numbers released.
The number of homes in the U.S. classified as seasonal, recreational or occasional use totaled 4.65 million out of a housing inventory of 131.7 million dwelling units (3.53 percent). In Maine, however, one every six homes was so classified.
Are these dated statistics? Yes, having been based on the 2010 Census and not released until almost the end of 2011, they are dated. Homeownership rates, tenure and housing use change slowly as both the economic and demographic impacts move, so these numbers are still reasonable. And the best available.
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