Home sales in Knox County showed the strongest growth of any county in Maine.

Both the number of single-family homes sold and the median prices of those sales jumped more than 20 percent, according to the latest report from Maine Real Estate Information System Inc.

According to the latest report, 67 homes were sold in Knox County from Jan. 1 through March 31. This is 22 percent more than the 55 homes sold during the same period in 2010.

The 67 homes sold in the first quarter of 2011 were the most for that period since 2007 when 84 single-family homes sold.

And in addition to more sales, the prices paid for those homes jumped in Knox County. The median price reached $200,000 in the first quarter of 2011 in Knox County, a 28 percent leap from the $156,000 in 2010. The 2011 prices are the best for the first quarter since 2008 when prices reached $211,000.

The sales in Knox County are far better than the state as a whole. For the same period in 2011, the number of homes sold statewide dropped 7 percent while the median price slipped nearly 1 percent to $159,900.

The median price of a home ranged from a high of $211,500 in Cumberland County to $68,000 in Aroostook County.

In Lincoln County, the median price of a home sold in the first quarter was down 1 percent to $157,000. The number of homes sold dropped 2 percent from 42 to 41.

In Waldo County, the median price of homes rose 10 percent from $131,000 to $144,250. The number of homes sold jumped 13 percent from 46 to 52.

A news release from the real estate organization noted that there are more sizable fluctuations in home prices and sales on a percentage basis in the winter because there are generally fewer sales than in warmer months.