Figures from Census 2016 show 24% of total houses in the county are vacant, well above the national average of 13%.
Figures from Census 2016 show 24% of total houses in the county are vacant among the county’s 75,319 housing units, the third highest percentage in the country behind Leitrim and Donegal.
This means a total of 18,257 units are currently vacant in the county.
The Kenmare, West and South Kerry areas are particularly affected, with some townlands experiencing vacancy rates of over 50%.
Despite the high percentage of vacant homes, there are 1,462 fewer vacant homes now when compared to census results of five years ago.
National figures show the number of vacant dwellings has fallen by 13%, or just under 30,000 homes, to 260,000, while the national housing stock rose by nearly 19,000 to 2.023 million units.