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Two Missouri Counties in Top 50 for Housing Unit Growth Nationwide

Picture of House Nationwide, two Missouri counties ranked in the top 50 counties for growth in housing units from 2006 to 2007. Taney County ranked 20th with a 5.6 percent increase and Christian County ranked 34th with a 4.9 percent increase. The highest change nationally came from Louisiana's St. Bernard Parish with 43.4 percent and Orleans Parish with a 14.5 percent increase.

A housing unit is defined as a house, apartment, group of rooms, or single room occupied or intended for occupancy as separate living quarters.

Housing Unit Estimates for the 50 Fastest Growing Counties With 5,000 or More Housing Units in 2007: July 1, 2006 to July 1, 2007
Rank Geographic Area Housing Unit Estimates Change, 2006 to 2007
July 1, 2007 July 1, 2006 Number Percent
1 St. Bernard Parish, LA 8,396 5,854 2,542 43.4
2 Orleans Parish, LA 111,752 97,606 14,146 14.5
3 Geary County, KS 13,759 12,147 1,612 13.3
4 Forsyth County, GA 60,140 55,555 4,585 8.3
5 Pinal County, AZ 137,410 126,977 10,433 8.2
6 Sumter County, FL 43,992 40,669 3,323 8.2
7 Kendall County, IL 33,404 30,883 2,521 8.2
8 Osceola County, FL 117,643 110,055 7,588 6.9
9 Paulding County, GA 50,328 47,105 3,223 6.8
10 Wasatch County, UT 9,258 8,670 588 6.8
11 Hancock County, MS 21,182 19,881 1,301 6.5
12 Culpeper County, VA 18,749 17,603 1,146 6.5
13 Fort Bend County, TX 148,731 139,931 8,800 6.3
14 Horry County, SC 168,135 158,441 9,694 6.1
15 Williamson County, TX 131,143 123,721 7,422 6.0
16 Union County, NC 67,420 63,678 3,742 5.9
17 Brunswick County, NC 73,018 68,996 4,022 5.8
18 Montgomery County, TX 156,049 147,537 8,512 5.8
19 Grand County, CO 14,696 13,909 787 5.7
20 Taney County, MO 24,694 23,382 1,312 5.6
21 Baldwin County, AL 101,791 96,402 5,389 5.6
22 Monroe County, GA 10,062 9,541 521 5.5
23 Comal County, TX 44,589 42,285 2,304 5.4
24 Jackson County, GA 23,572 22,363 1,209 5.4
25 Broomfield County, CO 20,152 19,124 1,028 5.4
26 Kendall County, TX 13,057 12,401 656 5.3
27 DeSoto County, MS 58,677 55,751 2,926 5.2
28 Lincoln County, SD 11,746 11,162 584 5.2
29 Lee County, FL 360,036 342,409 17,627 5.1
30 Ascension Parish, LA 38,519 36,635 1,884 5.1
31 Hays County, TX 49,386 46,977 2,409 5.1
32 Collin County, TX 276,852 263,411 13,441 5.1
33 Iron County, UT 17,976 17,110 866 5.1
34 Christian County, MO 29,620 28,233 1,387 4.9
35 Benton County, AR 84,957 81,026 3,931 4.9
36 Effingham County, GA 18,865 17,998 867 4.8
37 Fayette County, TN 14,063 13,429 634 4.7
38 Cherokee County, GA 78,925 75,378 3,547 4.7
39 Mecklenburg County, NC 390,393 372,921 17,472 4.7
40 Utah County, UT 138,272 132,102 6,170 4.7
41 Rockwall County, TX 25,115 23,996 1,119 4.7
42 Livingston Parish, LA 44,907 42,908 1,999 4.7
43 Canyon County, ID 66,533 63,584 2,949 4.6
44 Towns County, GA 8,303 7,936 367 4.6
45 Uintah County, UT 10,301 9,846 455 4.6
46 Gallatin County, MT 37,319 35,679 1,640 4.6
47 Bryan County, GA 11,927 11,403 524 4.6
48 Tangipahoa Parish, LA 49,549 47,419 2,130 4.5
49 Montgomery County, TN 66,494 63,642 2,852 4.5
50 Newton County, GA 36,964 35,384 1,580 4.5


There were more than 2.6 million housing units in Missouri in 2007, ranking the state 18th nationally. The additional 22,945 housing units in the state accounted for an increase of 0.9 percent from 2006.

Housing units in the U.S. increased by 1.3 percent over the same period to an estimated 159.6 million. Much of the rapid housing growth was located in the West, with Nevada (3.5 percent), Utah (2.7 percent), Idaho (2.5 percent), Louisiana (2.5 percent), and Georgia (2.5 percent) making up the top five states for growth.

From 2006 to 2007, the most rapid rate of housing growth in Missouri was in Christian County, with an increase of 5.0 percent. Rounding out the list of fastest counties for housing growth are: St. Charles (3.6 percent), Boone (3.5 percent), Warren (3.5 percent), Taney (3.2 percent) and Cass (2.9 percent). Overall, 22 counties had housing unit increases faster than the state rate in 2005, while another 22 counties had a decrease in the number of housing units over the period. 

St. Louis County had the largest share of the state's housing units in 2007 with 435,194. Jackson County was second with 316,315 units.

Jackson County had the largest numerical increase in housing units from 2006 to 2007 with 3,799, followed by St. Charles County (3,223), Greene (2,750), Boone (1,768) and Christian County (1,387).

Missouri Housing Units by County Changes, 2006-2007
Area
July 1, 2007
July 1, 2006
2006 to 2007 Numerical Change
2006 to 2007 % Change
Missouri 2,647,274 2,624,329 22,945 0.9%
.Adair County 11,283 11,265 18 0.2%
.Andrew County 6,990 6,987 3 0.0%
.Atchison County 3,129 3,136 -7 -0.2%
.Audrain County 11,090 11,089 1 0.0%
.Barry County 16,846 16,831 15 0.1%
.Barton County 5,624 5,632 -8 -0.1%
.Bates County 7,543 7,540 3 0.0%
.Benton County 13,136 13,158 -22 -0.2%
.Bollinger County 5,655 5,669 -14 -0.2%
.Boone County 69,229 67,461 1,768 2.6%
.Buchanan County 37,686 37,601 85 0.2%
.Butler County 19,258 19,274 -16 -0.1%
.Caldwell County 4,705 4,695 10 0.2%
.Callaway County 17,362 17,251 111 0.6%
.Camden County 35,577 35,404 173 0.5%
.Cape Girardeau County 31,224 31,057 167 0.5%
.Carroll County 5,006 5,003 3 0.1%
.Carter County 3,134 3,142 -8 -0.3%
.Cass County 38,828 37,912 916 2.4%
.Cedar County 7,080 7,086 -6 -0.1%
.Chariton County 4,377 4,386 -9 -0.2%
.Christian County 29,620 28,233 1,387 4.9%
.Clark County 3,577 3,582 -5 -0.1%
.Clay County 84,846 83,832 1,014 1.2%
.Clinton County 8,914 8,831 83 0.9%
.Cole County 32,071 31,796 275 0.9%
.Cooper County 7,103 7,092 11 0.2%
.Crawford County 11,364 11,351 13 0.1%
.Dade County 3,850 3,860 -10 -0.3%
.Dallas County 7,272 7,256 16 0.2%
.Daviess County 3,972 3,982 -10 -0.3%
.DeKalb County 4,155 4,127 28 0.7%
.Dent County 7,197 7,206 -9 -0.1%
.Douglas County 6,144 6,129 15 0.2%
.Dunklin County 15,082 15,102 -20 -0.1%
.Franklin County 42,965 42,425 540 1.3%
.Gasconade County 8,099 8,101 -2 0.0%
.Gentry County 3,267 3,269 -2 -0.1%
.Greene County 121,181 118,431 2,750 2.3%
.Grundy County 5,274 5,268 6 0.1%
.Harrison County 4,435 4,444 -9 -0.2%
.Henry County 10,654 10,636 18 0.2%
.Hickory County 6,452 6,474 -22 -0.3%
.Holt County 3,001 3,002 -1 0.0%
.Howard County 4,444 4,456 -12 -0.3%
.Howell County 17,261 17,214 47 0.3%
.Iron County 5,060 5,072 -12 -0.2%
.Jackson County 316,315 312,516 3,799 1.2%
.Jasper County 49,156 48,847 309 0.6%
.Jefferson County 86,129 85,022 1,107 1.3%
.Johnson County 20,570 20,286 284 1.4%
.Knox County 2,374 2,380 -6 -0.3%
.Laclede County 15,469 15,382 87 0.6%
.Lafayette County 14,504 14,414 90 0.6%
.Lawrence County 15,506 15,484 22 0.1%
.Lewis County 4,762 4,773 -11 -0.2%
.Lincoln County 17,437 17,256 181 1.0%
.Linn County 6,655 6,671 -16 -0.2%
.Livingston County 6,747 6,708 39 0.6%
.Macon County 7,682 7,689 -7 -0.1%
.Madison County 5,895 5,888 7 0.1%
.Maries County 4,302 4,306 -4 -0.1%
.Marion County 12,786 12,765 21 0.2%
.McDonald County 9,654 9,659 -5 -0.1%
.Mercer County 2,179 2,185 -6 -0.3%
.Miller County 11,994 12,002 -8 -0.1%
.Mississippi County 5,931 5,935 -4 -0.1%
.Moniteau County 5,927 5,935 -8 -0.1%
.Monroe County 4,879 4,854 25 0.5%
.Montgomery County 6,205 6,139 66 1.1%
.Morgan County 14,420 14,450 -30 -0.2%
.New Madrid County 8,925 8,919 6 0.1%
.Newton County 23,041 23,010 31 0.1%
.Nodaway County 9,512 9,440 72 0.8%
.Oregon County 5,125 5,136 -11 -0.2%
.Osage County 6,094 6,104 -10 -0.2%
.Ozark County 5,313 5,327 -14 -0.3%
.Pemiscot County 8,960 8,970 -10 -0.1%
.Perry County 8,173 8,158 15 0.2%
.Pettis County 17,364 17,353 11 0.1%
.Phelps County 19,128 18,898 230 1.2%
.Pike County 7,711 7,706 5 0.1%
.Platte County 36,615 35,747 868 2.4%
.Polk County 12,105 12,050 55 0.5%
.Pulaski County 16,413 16,307 106 0.7%
.Putnam County 3,004 3,005 -1 0.0%
.Ralls County 4,704 4,712 -8 -0.2%
.Randolph County 11,071 11,073 -2 0.0%
.Ray County 10,181 10,137 44 0.4%
.Reynolds County 3,890 3,897 -7 -0.2%
.Ripley County 6,610 6,624 -14 -0.2%
.Saline County 10,301 10,300 1 0.0%
.Schuyler County 2,165 2,159 6 0.3%
.Scotland County 2,333 2,339 -6 -0.3%
.Scott County 17,631 17,598 33 0.2%
.Shannon County 4,004 4,014 -10 -0.2%
.Shelby County 3,312 3,319 -7 -0.2%
.St. Charles County 134,414 131,191 3,223 2.5%
.St. Clair County 5,405 5,421 -16 -0.3%
.St. Francois County 26,412 26,102 310 1.2%
.St. Louis city 179,793 179,869 -76 0.0%
.St. Louis County 435,194 434,279 915 0.2%
.Ste. Genevieve County 8,276 8,270 6 0.1%
.Stoddard County 13,740 13,731 9 0.1%
.Stone County 17,802 17,509 293 1.7%
.Sullivan County 3,450 3,456 -6 -0.2%
.Taney County 24,694 23,382 1,312 5.6%
.Texas County 11,157 11,179 -22 -0.2%
.Vernon County 9,124 9,125 -1 0.0%
.Warren County 13,885 13,537 348 2.6%
.Washington County 10,258 10,293 -35 -0.3%
.Wayne County 7,802 7,826 -24 -0.3%
.Webster County 13,288 13,155 133 1.0%
.Worth County 1,258 1,261 -3 -0.2%
.Wright County 8,137 8,145 -8 -0.1%

Missouri Map Housing Units Change

Source: U.S. Census Bureau

                                            

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