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Lindley Estes is a business writer for The Free Lance-Star and Fredericksburg.com. This blog is on Fredericksburg-area business. Send an e-mail to Lindley Estes.

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Stafford houses tied for roomiest in U.S.

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HouseStafford County houses are among the roomiest in the nation.

The median number of rooms in a Stafford housing unit is 7.5, tied for the most in the country, according to a recent analysis of U.S. Census data done by the Vizual Statistix blog.

Williamson County, Tenn., a suburb of Nashville, tied with Stafford for no. 1 on the list, according to the analysis.

Bathrooms are not counted in the analysis. The data include “whole rooms used for living purposes, such as living rooms, dining rooms, kitchens, bedrooms, finished recreation rooms, family rooms and enclosed porches suitable for year-round use.”

The U.S. median is 5.5 rooms. Goochland County tied for third on the list with a median of 7.4.

Six other Virginia counties — Loudoun, Prince William, Hanover, Poquoson, Fauquier and Powhatan —  have medians of at least seven rooms. Virginia’s total of eight counties with a median of at least seven is more than any other state.

Spotsylvania County’s median is 6.8, King George County’s is 6.4, Caroline County’s is 6.0 and Fredericksburg’s is 5.0, according to census data.

Alexandria and Arlington County tied for the lowest in Virginia at 4.3, according to data provided by Vizual Statistix.

The areas with the largest medians tend to be in the Mid-Atlantic, Midwest and Central Plains. 

Alaska generally has the lowest medians. Ten of the 15 U.S. counties with medians of less than four are in Alaska.

Kalawao County in Hawaii and Yukon-Koyukuk in Alaska have the lowest median at 3.1. New York City has the third-lowest median at 3.3.

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