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Housing Profile
Highlands County, Florida
  • Population, 2015: 100750. Highlands County ranks # 36 of Florida's 67 counties in population.
  • Households, 2015: 43870
  • Homeownership Rate, 2015: 76.9%. Statewide, Florida's homeownership rate is 67.7%.
Population Projections
  • In 2040, Highlands County is projected to have a population of 120202, ranking it # 36 of Florida's 67 counties.

Projected Total Population, Highlands County, 2010-2040

Place 2010 2015 2020 2025 2030 20352040
Highlands County 98786 100750 105796 110400 114296 117703 120202
Notes:  Not Available.
Sources:  University of Florida Bureau of Economic and Business Research, Population Projections; U.S. Census Bureau, 2010 Decennial Census.
Housing Market

Existing Home Values (Based on County Property Appraisers' Just Value)

  • Single Family Home, average just value, 2016: $98288. (Statewide, the average just value of a single family home in Florida in 2016 was $219681).
  • Mobile Home, average just value, 2016: $34768.
  • Condominium, average just value, 2016: $65475.

Home Sales Prices

  • The average sales price for a single family home was $132245 in 2016. The median sales price that year was $115000, compared to a statewide median sales price of $212000.

    Source: Florida Department of Revenue, Sales Data Files

Median Sales Price for Single Family Homes and Condominiums, Highlands County, 1996-2016

Place Housing Type 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 20152016
Highlands County Condominiums 50000 51950 50500 55000 55000 52950 55250 56000 67900 97250 140000 115000 97000 65000 70000 79000 65000 58500 60250 62500 68700
Highlands County Single Family Homes 60000 62500 62000 64600 65000 68500 72000 85000 100000 142000 169000 158000 130000 113900 99400 88000 85000 89000 90000 107100 115000
Notes:  Not applicable
Sources:  Florida Department of Revenue, Sales Data Files

Median Gross Rent, Highlands County, 2010-2014 American Community Survey

Place Median Gross RentState Median Gross Rent
Highlands County 722 998
Notes:  American Community Survey is based on a sample of households and therefore involves a margin of error. To find the margin of error for this and other ACS-based tables, see the General Unit Characteristics tool. A "-" indicates that the value in the ACS is not statistically significant from zero.
Sources:  U.S. Census Bureau, 2010-2014 American Community Survey 5-Year Summary File
  • In Highlands County and the surrounding metro area, the HUD Fair Market Rent in 2016, representing rent for a typical modest apartment, was $524 for a studio apartment, $556 for a one-bedroom, $737 for a two-bedroom, $1007 for a three-bedroom, and $1010 for a four-bedroom unit.

    Source: U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, 2016 Fair Market Rents

Households by Monthly Rent Paid, Highlands County, 2010-2014

Place <$200 $200-$299 $300-$499 $500-$749 $750-$999 $1,000-$1,499 $1,500 or More No Cash RentTotal
Highlands County 191 248 1193 2716 2160 1166 366 1182 9222
Notes:  American Community Survey is based on a sample of households and therefore involves a margin of error. To find the margin of error for this and other ACS-based tables, see the General Unit Characteristics tool. A "-" indicates that the value in the ACS is not statistically significant from zero.
Sources:  U.S. Census Bureau, 2010-2014 American Community Survey 5-Year Summary File

Manufactured Housing Parks and Condominiums

  • There are 62 licensed manufactured housing parks in Highlands with 6531 lots in 2012.
  • There are 55 licensed condominium developments in Highlands with 1354 units in 2012. Of these, 3 properties with 19 units were converted from rental to condo.

    Source: Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation

Home Purchase Loans by Property Type, Highlands County, 2005-2014

Application Count
Place County Property Type 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 20132014
Highlands County Highlands One to four-family (other than manufactured housing) 1869 1735 971 517 419 389 393 770 879 1414
Highlands County Highlands Manufactured housing 92 106 70 38 17 16 12 12 16 91
Highlands County Highlands Multifamily 3 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 3 10
Notes:  Shows loan applications resulting in loan origination only. For more information, see HMDA User Guide
Sources:  Home Mortgage Disclosure Act data 2005-2014

Foreclosures and Serious Delinquencies

This table is not available outside of Metropolitan Statistical Areas (MSAs)

Affordable Housing Needs

Cost Burden, General

  • "Cost-burdened" households pay more than 30% of income for rent or mortgage costs. In 2015, 13663 Highlands County households (31%) pay more than 30% of income for housing. By comparison, 42% of households statewide are cost-burdened.
  • 7192 households in Highlands County (16%) pay more than 50% of income for housing.

Households by Cost Burden, Highlands County, 2015

Amount of Income Paid for Housing
0-30% 30-50%50% or more
Total 30207 6471 7192
Notes:  Click here to get household projections by tenure, age of householder, income, and cost burden.
Sources:   Not Available.
Homeowners and Renters

Households by Homeowner/Renter Status and Cost Burden, Highlands County, 2015

Amount of Income Paid for Housing
0-30% 30-50%50% or more
Owner 25324 4074 4317
Renter 4883 2397 2875
Notes:  Click here to get household projections by tenure, age of householder, income, and cost burden.
Sources:   Not Available.

Household Income

  • In the following table, household income is measured as a percentage of the median income for the county or area, adjusted for family size. In Highlands County and the surrounding metro area, the HUD-estimated median income for a family of four is $43300 in 2016.

Households by Income and Cost Burden, Highlands County, 2015

Household Income as Percentage of Area Median Income Amount of Income Paid for Housing
0-30% 30-50%50% or more
<=30% AMI 508 348 3164
30.01-50% AMI 1899 1341 1928
50.01-80% AMI 4634 2014 1046
80.01+% AMI 23166 2768 1054
Total 30207 6471 7192
Notes:  Click here to get household projections by tenure, age of householder, income, and cost burden.
Sources:   Not Available.

Elderly Households

  • 21108 households in Highlands County (48.1%) are headed by a person age 65 or older in 2015. In comparison, 29.6% of households statewide are headed by elderly persons.
  • 18547 of elderly households in Highlands (87.9%) own their homes.
  • 4771 elderly households (23%) pay more than 30% of income for rent or mortgage costs.

Elderly Households by Age and Cost Burden, Highlands County, 2015

Age of Householder Amount of Income Paid for Housing
0-30% 30-49.9%50+ %
65 or more 16337 2258 2513
Notes:  Click here to get household projections by tenure, age of householder, income, and cost burden.
Sources:   Not Available.

Supply Characteristics

Single Family Home Size and Age

  • In 2016, the median size for a new single-family home in Highlands County was 1824 square feet.

Year Structure Built, Highlands County, 2010-2014 American Community Survey

Place Number Share by Decade
2000 or After 1990-1999 1980-1989 1970-1979 1960-1969 1950-1959 1940-1949 1939 or Earlier Total 2000 or After 1990-1999 1980-1989 1970-1979 1960-19691959 or Earlier
Highlands County 9580 10986 14715 11372 3667 2724 852 1254 55150 17.4 19.9 26.7 20.6 6.6 8.8
Notes:  American Community Survey is based on a sample of households and therefore involves a margin of error. To find the margin of error for this and other ACS-based tables, see the General Unit Characteristics tool. A "-" indicates that the value in the ACS is not statistically significant from zero.
Sources:  U.S. Census Bureau, 2010-2014 American Community Survey 5-Year Summary File

Housing Condition Characteristics (Occupied Units), Highlands County, 2010-2014 American Community Survey

Place Persons Per Room House Heating Fuel Kitchen Facilities Plumbing Facilities
1.01 or More Persons per Room Share of Occupied Units (%) No Fuel Used Share of Occupied Units (%) Lacking Complete Facilities Share of Occupied Units (%) Lacking Complete FacilitiesShare of Occupied Units (%)
Highlands County 963 2.4 298 0.7 722 1.3 660 1.2
Notes:  Housing units are considered to be substandard if they are overcrowded, do not have heat, or lack complete kitchens or plumbing.
American Community Survey is based on a sample of households and therefore involves a margin of error. To find the margin of error for this and other ACS-based tables, see the General Unit Characteristics tool. A "-" indicates that the value in the ACS is not statistically significant from zero.
Sources:  U.S. Census Bureau, 2010-2014 American Community Survey 5-Year Summary File