AL reports over 80 percent of the residents of Madison County, in northern Alabama, live in large apartment complexes, often with extensive amenities for the government contract workers in Huntsville. As a result, according to the U.S. Census, only 5.5 percent of the county live in manufactured housing, which distinguishes it from the rest of the state. A half acre lot costs about twice as much in Madison County as in neighboring Jackson County. MHProNews.com has determined four adjoining counties average 16.05 percent MH residents, including Jackson, where nearly 25 percent of the populace live in manufactured housing. The statewide percentage is 14.2 percent. Zoning restrictions prevent MH from siting in Huntsville outside an MHC, although modular homes are allowed. The availability of $85,000 tract homes in Madison County also cuts into the sale of similarly priced manufactured homes.
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