NAR (National Association of Realtors) identified a county as a vacation home county if the vacant housing for seasonal, recreational, or occasional use made up 20 percent or more of the county’s total housing stock.1 6.6% of 3,141 counties were vacation home counties in 2017. Three Minnesota counties are on the list of top 26 vacation home counties: Atkin, Itaska and Cass counties. 38.2% of the properties in these counties are seasonal recreational properties.
Number one on the list was Nantucket MA. There were 4 Wisconsin counties in the top 26: Vilas, Lincoln, Langlade, Forest and Oneida counties all with 42.8% vacation properties.
My favorite Minnesota counties to vacation in are St. Louis, Lake and Cook Counties. There are many lovely places in Minnesota to vacation and Minnesotan’s just love to own cabins in Wisconsin. The demand for vacation property is strong partly due to the increase in the number of wealthy people. The demand for tents that can be used as housing is also strong because of the increase in poverty.