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Housing

The total number of housing units in 2000 was 35,678.  The county has a high occupancy rate with 31,793 housing units being utilized.  Of these units 24,313 are owner occupied and 7,480 are rentor occupied.

Approximately 70 percent of these units are single family detached houses.  Most of these houses were built either before 1940 or between 1970 and 1989.  Housing units in multi-units structures account for approximately 8 percent of the total units in the county and manufactured homes account for 18.5 percent.  In the county there are 7,385 rental units with a median rent of $385 per month.  Housing density in the county is 58.4 units per square mile.

The home ownership rate in the county is 68 percent.    The average home value is $69,800 and the median mortgage is $688 per month.  About 50 percent of the population in the county has lived in the same house over the last decade.

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