When they peaked in popularity during the early 1930s, mobile homes were once considered a thing of the future — but now they seem to be a thing of the past to many people. Despite their decline in popularity, these styles are still a cheaper alternative to a traditional home. Some communities across the nation still honor the antiquity of the mobile home, and today, they can be customized to fit the needs of any family size and can feature just about all the amenities that a traditional abode offers. Here are some cities with the most mobile homes.
21.5 percent of homes in Lakeland, Florida are mobile. Located in the Tampa Bay region, this Polk County city is the largest between Tampa and Orlando. True to its name, Lakeland mostly comprised of lakes — and some land. With so much space, it’s the perfect place to have a lot to put a mobile home on. Lakeland has over 30 mobile home parks for those looking to settle in one.
McAllen is a small Texan town that has a large percentage of mobile homes – 14.6 to be exact. According to data by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), An estimated 58 percent of all renter households live in single-family homes, duplexes, or mobile homes. The average price for a mobile home in McAllen in 2016 was just over $36,000, making it an affordable alternative to traditional houses. Columbia, South Carolina, the state’s capital, has a mobile home stock of 13 percent. According to data, South Carolina has the most mobile homes per capita than any other state. 12.8 percent of homes in Augusta, Georgia, located close to the South Carolina border, are also mobile homes. The Palmetto State actually makes our list twice, with a mobile home housing stock at 12.6 percent in Greenville, South Carolina.
Mobile Home Advantages
- Mobile homes are generally more affordable than traditional homes
- Renters living in a mobile home park usually have a lower rent than what traditional renters pay.
- Mobile homes are often more energy efficient than traditional homes.
- Mobile home parks can be situated in nice communities depending on the city.
Mobile Home Disadvantages
- Mobile homes can often be harder to sell than a traditional home.
- The cost of moving a mobile home, particularly if it is older, could cost more than what the home is worth.
- In the event of a major storm, mobile homes aren’t as safe as traditional homes.
- Mobile home living has been stigmatized by movies and TV shows.
Mobile Home Safety
- Maintain your mobile home’s mechanical systems to reduce the risk of fire.
- In the event of a storm, and specifically a tornado, leave the home immediately if it is a trailer, and ensure that your family knows where to go for shelter before disaster strikes.
- Make sure that your home has the proper tie-downs and anchors in the event of a hurricane.
Read on for more reasons to make your next home a mobile home.