Results of the 2019 Gage County Housing Survey

16 Dec 2019


housing imageThe results of the 2019 Gage County Housing Survey are in. This year, we had significantly more people participate than in years past. In total, nearly 750 people completed the survey, providing NGage and Hanna:Keelan with a diverse sample from which to gather information. As a result, we learned about the housing needs of first-time homebuyers, single parents, families making under $50,000 per year, professionals, upper executives, and retirees of varying income levels. These responses are critical in understanding the full extent of the housing needs in Gage County.

Overview of Results

The survey found that an estimated 204 new owner-occupied and 118 rental units could be built within the county. 

The housing types identified as being “greatly needed” are:

  • Housing for middle-income families, single-parent families, and existing/new employees
  • Single-family housing
  • General rental housing
  • Rehabilitation of owner and renter-occupied housing
  • Housing for first-time homebuyers
  • Two & three bedroom apartments or homes for rent
  • Retirement housing for lower-income elderly persons

Of note, the survey identified the need for more affordable rental units and homes for sale that are aligned with what middle-income and single-parent families can afford. In addition, the community would like to see more options for first-time homebuyers and retirees. This includes homes priced less than $175,000 and rentals under $800 per month. Some of the residents surveyed would like to see these numbers below $100,000 and $600.

The survey also broke down the types of housing required by certain groups. Those over the age of 55, for example, identified that single-family homes, assisted living housing, and rental duplexes as the most ‘in-demand’.

Workforce housing survey respondents pointed out some of the challenges they saw with the current housing market. The cost of real estate taxes and housing prices topped the list for homeowners, while the cost of rent and the number of available rental units top the list for renters.

What to Do with the Information

NGage commissioned Hanna:Keelan to conduct the Gage County Housing Study, create workforce and citizen surveys, and facilitate community listening sessions to develop a final report that will be completed in the first quarter of 2020. The full study will serve as a guide for each community in determining how to tackle their housing needs. Our goal at NGage is to continue moving Gage County forward - a focus on housing is one of the arrows in our quiver. In working to attract investment to the county, we will continue to work with developers who are interested in building housing units based on the survey results.  

Click here for the full survey results.