Seasonal residents escape to their vacation homes in Northern Wisconsin to enjoy the natural resources and recreation. However, their presence affects the economies of Northern counties. U.S.Census data are analyzed and results show that high percentages of seasonal homes are correlated with higher child poverty rates. A higher percentage of seasonal homes in a county is associated with higher unemployment rates, high housing costs, more jobs in services and fewer jobs in manufacturing and extractive industries. Vacation homes distort local economies around retail and services that provide low-wage jobs for families, so children living in counties with a high percentage of seasonal homes are more likely to live in poverty.
Miller, Carol D.
"Poor Children and Vacation Homes: The Relationship Between Seasonal Homes and Child Poverty in Wisconsin Counties,"
Great Plains Sociologist: Vol. 14:
1, Article 2.
Available at: https://openprairie.sdstate.edu/greatplainssociologist/vol14/iss1/2