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Housing units on the increase nationally

The Census Bureau has released its latest estimates of the number of housing units in the country, and the fastest growing area might surprise some people.

According to the State and County Housing Unit Estimates: July 1, 2012, the fastest growing county in the United States was Williams County, N.D. Williams County was the only county in the nation to show a double digit percentage increase, growing from 10,464 housing units to 2010 to 12,493 in 2012, a 19.4 percent increase.

Williams County was followed by Sumter County, Fla., Hays County, Texas, and Ward County, N.D.

North Dakota had three of the top seven fastest growing counties. According to a recent report from the U.S. Commerce Department, North Dakota is the fastest-growing state in the country thanks to its energy boom in the oil-rich Bakken formation.

Nationally, the number of housing units in the country increased from 131.8 million in 2010 to 132.5 million in 2012. In Illinois, the number actually decreased, falling more than 1,000 units from 5,296,420 in 2010 to 5,295,329 in 2012.

Locally, the number of housing units in Bureau County also fell, dropping from 15,720 in 2010 to 15,680 in 2012.

No Illinois counties were on the list of the 100 fastest growing counties with 5,000 or more housing units.

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