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Missouri Housing Units Rise to 2.5 Million

There were more than 2.5 million housing units in Missouri in 2005, ranking the state 17th nationally. The additional 28,468 housing units in the state accounted for an increase of 1.1 percent from 2004, according to recently released U.S. Census Bureau estimates.

Housing units in the U.S. increased by 1.5 percent over the same period to an estimated 124.5 million. Much of the rapid housing growth was located in the West, with Nevada (4.4 percent), Arizona (3.5 percent), Florida (3.1 percent), Idaho (2.9 percent), and Utah (2.9 percent) making up the top five states for growth.

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

St. Louis County had the largest share of the state's housing units in 2005 with 432,486, or 16.6 percent. Jackson County (307,700 units) was second with 11.8 percent of Missouri's total.

St. Charles County had the largest numerical increase in housing units from 2004 to 2005 with 4,479, followed by Jackson (4,173), Greene (2,436), Boone (2,200) and St. Louis County (1,862).

County July 1, 2005 2004-05 
Numerical Change
2004-2005 Percentage Change
Missouri 2,592,809 28,468 1.1%
Adair 11,226 41 0.4%
Andrew 6,935 10 0.1%
Atchison 3,140 -3 -0.1%
Audrain 11,098 11 0.1%
Barry 16,790 41 0.2%
Barton 5,630 21 0.4%
Bates 7,537 61 0.8%
Benton 13,174 -7 -0.1%
Bollinger 5,677 -7 -0.1%
Boone 65,283 2,200 3.5%
Buchanan 37,496 199 0.5%
Butler 19,274 15 0.1%
Caldwell 4,659 52 1.1%
Callaway 17,147 115 0.7%
Camden 35,273 147 0.4%
Cape Girardeau 30,872 182 0.6%
Carroll 4,982 -2 0.0%
Carter 3,148 -2 -0.1%
Cass 36,791 1,048 2.9%
Cedar 7,057 13 0.2%
Chariton 4,396 12 0.3%
Christian 26,591 1,256 5.0%
Clark 3,586 3 0.1%
Clay 82,638 1,575 1.9%
Clinton 8,698 149 1.7%
Cole 31,423 350 1.1%
Cooper 7,092 39 0.6%
Crawford 11,313 13 0.1%
Dade 3,869 8 0.2%
Dallas 7,243 31 0.4%
Daviess 3,979 9 0.2%
DeKalb 4,079 35 0.9%
Dent 7,203 -6 -0.1%
Douglas 6,125 -7 -0.1%
Dunklin 15,117 21 0.1%
Franklin 41,583 735 1.8%
Gasconade 8,090 4 0.0%
Gentry 3,277 0 0.0%
Greene 115,592 2,436 2.2%
Grundy 5,256 22 0.4%
Harrison 4,448 13 0.3%
Henry 10,621 33 0.3%
Hickory 6,488 -2 0.0%
Holt 3,009 0 0.0%
Howard 4,464 1 0.0%
Howell 17,116 89 0.5%
Iron 5,073 7 0.1%
Jackson 307,700 4,173 1.4%
Jasper 48,363 525 1.1%
Jefferson 83,572 1,635 2.0%
Johnson 20,136 201 1.0%
Knox 2,383 2 0.1%
Laclede 15,275 119 0.8%
Lafayette 14,319 148 1.0%
Lawrence 15,454 110 0.7%
Lewis 4,780 13 0.3%
Lincoln 16,968 264 1.6%
Linn 6,683 17 0.3%
Livingston 6,682 20 0.3%
Macon 7,680 10 0.1%
Madison 5,882 24 0.4%
Maries 4,314 -1 0.0%
Marion 12,727 46 0.4%
McDonald 9,655 0 0.0%
Mercer 2,190 3 0.1%
Miller 12,008 78 0.7%
Mississippi 5,944 -5 -0.1%
Moniteau 5,945 9 0.2%
Monroe 4,813 55 1.2%
Montgomery 6,091 71 1.2%
Morgan 14,472 -6 0.0%
New Madrid 8,907 43 0.5%
Newton 22,953 80 0.3%
Nodaway 9,422 61 0.7%
Oregon 5,145 -6 -0.1%
Osage 6,114 1 0.0%
Ozark 5,331 -1 0.0%
Pemiscot 8,977 6 0.1%
Perry 8,119 50 0.6%
Pettis 17,328 43 0.2%
Phelps 18,779 143 0.8%
Pike 7,709 20 0.3%
Platte 34,931 799 2.3%
Polk 11,965 148 1.3%
Pulaski 16,169 111 0.7%
Putnam 3,004 15 0.5%
Ralls 4,716 -1 0.0%
Randolph 11,064 68 0.6%
Ray 9,989 138 1.4%
Reynolds 3,905 -4 -0.1%
Ripley 6,635 -6 -0.1%
Saline 10,296 0 0.0%
Schuyler 2,150 19 0.9%
Scotland 2,340 -3 -0.1%
Scott 17,557 55 0.3%
Shannon 4,020 0 0.0%
Shelby 3,323 -3 -0.1%
St. Charles 127,309 4,479 3.6%
St. Clair 5,423 11 0.2%
St. Francois 25,833 284 1.1%
St. Louis city 176,267 -65 0.0%
St. Louis 432,486 1,862 0.4%
Ste. Genevieve 8,277 2 0.0%
Stoddard 13,698 29 0.2%
Stone 17,194 341 2.0%
Sullivan 3,463 2 0.1%
Taney 22,441 699 3.2%
Texas 11,196 19 0.2%
Vernon 9,123 15 0.2%
Warren 13,071 438 3.5%
Washington 10,312 -7 -0.1%
Wayne 7,842 -1 0.0%
Webster 13,015 113 0.9%
Worth 1,265 -1 -0.1%
Wright 8,152 0 0.0%

From 2004 to 2005, 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. 

Approximately 72.3 percent of Missourians own their home, compared to 68.9 percent nationwide.

Source: U.S. Census Bureau

                                            

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