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Top vacation home spots aren’t where you think

Maine, Vermont and New Hampshire top the list

While some second-property owners seek warm beach houses in Florida or a home tucked away in a Colorado mountain, most seem to gravitate toward the Northeast. 

The top three vacation home destination spots are in Maine, Vermont and New Hampshire, according to a study from IPX1031

The data set was found by surveying 29,000 different census-designated places across all 50 states and ranking the top three locations with the most vacation homes in every state. See the map below of vacation homes by state. (Photo courtesy of IPX103; click to enlarge.)

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It turns out, 19% of homes in Maine are vacation homes, as are 17% of homes in Vermont and 12% of homes in New Hampshire. 

Midwestern states held at the very bottom of the list, with 1% of homes in Illinois categorized as vacation homes.

Other states hovering around the bottom include Ohio (1.1%), Iowa (1.6%), Indiana (1.7%) and Kansas (1.4%). 

Earlier this month, LendingTree revealed that 39% of people they surveyed said they bought their vacation property as an investment. The second greatest motivation was to own a vacation home (36%), while the desire to rent the property came in third (26%). 

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