Counties by total number seasonal homes

This map shows the estimated totals for number of seasonal homes by county. As you can see, places like Cape Cod and the far end of Long Island have very large numbers of these places. (As you would expect.)

Counties by percent of housing that is seasonal

A different way to look at this topic is see what percentage of all housing units in each county are seasonal homes. That gives you some sense of the mix of housing. This view really puts a spotlight on Hamilton County in the Adirondacks, which doesn't have that many housing units (just short of 9,000) -- but a large portion of them are seasonal.

Where the "weekend house" is

campfire at a lake

Updated with maps that now include Connecticut.

The question this week about good weekend getaways + the gawking at various "weekend" houses around the region on Airbnb = us being curious about where seasonal/vacation/weekend homes are located in this part of the country.

So, we looked it up. (Because, of course, there's information on that.) And we map a map. (Because, of course, we can't help ourselves.)


They're above in large format -- click or scroll all the way up.

We've included New York State, Massachusetts, Vermont, and Connecticut because those states all seem to fit in as being "within the region" as far as weekend-type houses go. (Could other states also reasonably be included? Sure.)

A quick note about the numbers

These numbers are via the Census Bureau. Specifically, they're from 2013 5-year American Community Survey estimates. (And because they're estimates, there's going to be a margin of error -- in some cases, it's not small. So grains of salt.)

Another thing: The Census Bureau doesn't track "vacation homes," exactly. It asks about homes that are seasonal, recreational, or have occasional use. So, again, something to keep in mind while you pick through the numbers.

photo: Casey Normile

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