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Housing Availability & Costs

Polk County offers a wide range of housing choices. From newly constructed subdivisions, townhomes, and condos to historic homes to a variety of apartment choices, there are numerous available housing options. According to the Sperling’s bestplaces.net, the median cost of a single-family home in 2010 was $168,300. 78.6% (2005-2009) of the population owned their homes. Home appreciation costs in 2010 were -5.31%.

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Single-family new house construction building permits:
•    2000: 121 buildings, average cost: $124,000
•    2001: 152 buildings, average cost: $126,500
•    2002: 160 buildings, average cost: $127,200
•    2003: 197 buildings, average cost: $124,400
•    2004: 155 buildings, average cost: $129,100
•    2005: 165 buildings, average cost: $160,600
•    2006: 191 buildings, average cost: $197,300
•    2007: 162 buildings, average cost: $215,600
•    2008:   88 buildings, average cost: $228,900
•    2009:   51 buildings, average cost: $222,700
•    2010:   39 buildings, average cost  $267,749
•    2011:   41 buildings, average cost  $251,696

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