advertisement

Census: 12 percent of Missouri homes vacant

Thursday, February 24, 2011 | 8:08 p.m. CST; updated 8:29 p.m. CST, Thursday, February 24, 2011

JEFFERSON CITY — U.S. Census Bureau figures show that more than 12 percent of Missouri's homes were vacant last year.

The 2010 census figures released Thursday do not provide a reason why housing units were unoccupied. But that may vary by region.

The counties with the highest home vacancies rates all have lakes that are popular vacation spots, suggesting that some of the empty houses may be second homes for people whose primary residence is elsewhere. Camden County, at the Lake of the Ozarks, led the state with a 54 percent home vacancy rate.

The city of St. Louis, which lost population since the last census in 2000, had a 19 percent home vacancy rate.

St. Charles County, which gained the greatest number of residents, had the lowest home vacancy rate at less than 5 percent.


Like what you see here? Become a member.


Show Me the Errors (What's this?)

Report corrections or additions here. Leave comments below here.

You must be logged in to participate in the Show Me the Errors contest.


Comments

Leave a comment

Speak up and join the conversation! Make sure to follow the guidelines outlined below and register with our site. You must be logged in to comment. (Our full comment policy is here.)

  • Don't use obscene, profane or vulgar language.
  • Don't use language that makes personal attacks on fellow commenters or discriminates based on race, religion, gender or ethnicity.
  • Use your real first and last name when registering on the website. It will be published with every comment. (Read why we ask for that here.)
  • Don’t solicit or promote businesses.

We are not able to monitor every comment that comes through. If you see something objectionable, please click the "Report comment" link.

You must be logged in to comment.

Forget your password?

Don't have an account? Register here.

advertisements