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Housing Profile
Highlands County, Florida
  • Population, 2016: 101527. Highlands County ranks # 36 of Florida's 67 counties in population.
  • Households, 2016: 44334
  • Homeownership Rate, 2016: 76.8%. Statewide, Florida's homeownership rate is 67.8%.
Population Projections
  • In 2040, Highlands County is projected to have a population of 117600, ranking it # 36 of Florida's 67 counties.

Projected Total Population, Highlands County, 2010-2040

Place 2010 2016 2020 2025 2030 20352040
Highlands County 98786 101527 105396 109596 113000 115603 117600
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, Florida, 2011-2015 American Community Survey

Place Median Gross RentState Median Gross Rent
Highlands County, Florida 710 1002
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, 2011-2015 American Community Survey 5-Year Summary File
  • In Highlands County and the surrounding metro area, the HUD Fair Market Rent in 2017, representing rent for a typical modest apartment, was $488 for a studio apartment, $561 for a one-bedroom, $745 for a two-bedroom, $1023 for a three-bedroom, and $1027 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, 2011-2015

Place <$200 $200-$299 $300-$499 $500-$749 $750-$999 $1,000-$1,499 $1,500-$1,999 $2,000-$2,499 $2,500-$2,999 $3,000-$3,499 $3,500 or More No Cash RentTotal
Highlands County 243 319 1316 3008 2342 1215 142 134 0 24 18 969 9730
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, 2011-2015 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, 2005-2015

Application Count
Place County Property Type 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 20142015
Highlands County Highlands One to four-family (other than manufactured housing) 1869 1735 971 517 419 389 393 770 879 1414 1638
Highlands County Highlands Manufactured housing 92 106 70 38 17 16 12 12 16 91 111
Highlands County Highlands Multifamily 3 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 3 10 4
Notes:  Shows loan applications resulting in loan origination only. For more information, see HMDA User Guide
Sources:  Home Mortgage Disclosure Act data 2005-2015

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 2016, 13799 Highlands County households (31%) pay more than 30% of income for housing. By comparison, 42% of households statewide are cost-burdened.
  • 7260 households in Highlands County (16%) pay more than 50% of income for housing.

Households by Cost Burden, Highlands County, 2016

Amount of Income Paid for Housing
0-30% 30-50%50% or more
Total 30535 6539 7260
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, 2016

Amount of Income Paid for Housing
0-30% 30-50%50% or more
Owner 25595 4113 4356
Renter 4940 2426 2904
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 $42200 in 2017.

Households by Income and Cost Burden, Highlands County, 2016

Household Income as Percentage of Area Median Income Amount of Income Paid for Housing
0-30% 30-50%50% or more
<=30% AMI 516 352 3196
30.01-50% AMI 1924 1361 1949
50.01-80% AMI 4691 2033 1054
80.01+% AMI 23404 2793 1061
Total 30535 6539 7260
Notes:  Click here to get household projections by tenure, age of householder, income, and cost burden.
Sources:   Not Available.

Elderly Households

  • 21463 households in Highlands County (48.4%) are headed by a person age 65 or older in 2016. In comparison, 30.1% of households statewide are headed by elderly persons.
  • 18836 of elderly households in Highlands (87.8%) own their homes.
  • 4862 elderly households (23%) pay more than 30% of income for rent or mortgage costs.

Elderly Households by Age and Cost Burden, Highlands County, 2016

Age of Householder Amount of Income Paid for Housing
0-30% 30-49.9%50+ %
65 or more 16601 2303 2559
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, 2011-2015 American Community Survey

Place Number Share by Decade
2010 or After 2000-2009 1990-1999 1980-1989 1970-1979 1960-1969 1950-1959 1940-1949 1939 or Earlier Total 2010 or After 2000-2009 1990-1999 1980-1989 1970-1979 1960-19691959 or Earlier
Highlands County 498 9948 11072 14370 10748 3502 2656 1116 1156 55066 0.9 18.1 20.1 26.1 19.5 6.4 8.9
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, 2011-2015 American Community Survey 5-Year Summary File

Housing Condition Characteristics (Occupied Units), Highlands County, 2011-2015 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 1015 2.5 339 0.8 608 1.1 590 1.1
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, 2011-2015 American Community Survey 5-Year Summary File