By Elizabeth Zach, RCAC staff writer

Mobilehome parkWith affordable housing increasingly out of reach for many Americans, mobile home parks are attracting more would-be buyers, in part because of more amenities.

Park designers are gradually designing modern “mobile home communities” that are energy-efficient, and may have playgrounds and swimming pools.

The average cost of a manufactured home (not including land) is $70,600, according to the Manufactured Housing Institute. This equals two years of median income in the United States. By comparison, a single family home without land costs $286,814.

The trailer park trend, say housing analysts, reflects a shrinking middle class and a penchant for downsizing in order to economize.

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