The states with the biggest share of vacation rentals aren’t where you’d think

The Northeastern U.S. has a higher percentage of vacation rentals than the South

TRD NATIONAL /
Jul.July 20, 2019 01:00 PM
Portland, Maine (Credit: iStock)

Portland, Maine (Credit: iStock)

Year-round sunshine didn’t help Florida make it to the top of this vacation rental ranking.

The states with the highest percentage of vacation homes are clustered in the Northeast, Bloomberg reported, citing a new study from investment property exchange firm IPX1031.

Maine topped the ranking, with 19.3 percent of its homes being used as vacation rentals. Vermont came in second, at 17.4 percent, followed by New Hampshire, at 11.8 percent, and Alaska clocked in at No. 4 with 10.5 percent. Florida came in sixth place, at 9.7 percent.

Few of them are in the Midwest. The study found that states with the five smallest percentages of vacation homes are Indiana (1.7 percent), Iowa (1.6 percent), Kansas (1.4 percent), Ohio (1.1 percent) and Illinois (1 percent).

The report used data from the Census Bureau, which defines vacation homes as residences “vacant for seasonal, recreational or occasional use.” The United States has 5.7 million vacation homes. [Bloomberg] – Mike Seemuth


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