Sarpy County housing growth among country's fastest

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Posted: Friday, July 12, 2013 12:00 am

Sarpy County was ranked 73rd fastest in housing growth across the nation over the last two years, by the U.S. Census Bureau.

Housing stock increased by 1,653 units, or 2.7 percent, between 2010 and 2012. The total in 2012 was 63,591 homes.

“The attractiveness of a great quality of life and a superb sense of community is really what defines Sarpy County,” Sarpy Chamber of Commerce President Wendy Richey said in an email.

“We predict that this growth will continue to move in a positive direction.”

Sarpy was the only Nebraska county ranked in the top 100.

It's unique for a Nebraska county to rank that high, said David Drozd, a research coordinator for the University of Nebraska at Omaha's Center for Public Affairs Research.

“That's obviously good for the county to be experiencing growth in that way as the construction of those housing units alone will lead to an increase of jobs, employment and construction activity,” Drozd said.

Most of the counties that made the rankings were located in North Dakota, South Dakota, Texas and other southeastern states.

Williams County, N.D., is currently experiencing a boom in growth due to its being situated over a rock formation from which oil is being extracted.

It was ranked highest on the list with an increase of 19.4 percent for its housing stock.

“It's unusual for any of our counties to rank that high,” Drozd said.

“Sarpy County had not done so late in the last decade, so it's by far our fastest growing county so it's the only one expected to be in such a ranking.”

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