For a growing number of Minnesotans, the housing crisis isn’t over. In fact, it’s getting worse. Currently more than 1 in 4 Minnesota families likely have to sacrifice other needs like food and medicine to pay for rising housing costs.

As legislators make critical decisions about housing funding and programs across Minnesota, MHP has released its first State of the State’s Housing report — a comprehensive and compelling look at important metrics at the state, region and county levels. In addition to spotlighting key trends, like the gap between the costs of housing and the salaries of in-demand jobs, the report also ranks counties on benchmarks like renter cost burden and showcases issues like aging housing stock with dynamic maps.

The key takeaway: While significant progress has been made in areas like homelessness, housing is still a major challenge impacting virtually every community across Minnesota — with low- to moderate-income families and households of color bearing significant burdens.


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Where we live impacts every aspect of our lives. Where we call home affects the groceries we buy, where we send our kids to school and how we thrive in our community. At every stage of life, where we live is the foundation for our health, education, safety, and economic wellbeing.

That’s why housing must be a priority at all levels of government and to all Minnesotans. To make our communities strong, we must ensure that all Minnesota families are able to find, afford and maintain safe, healthy housing.

In 2017, that is not the case in any area of the state. In fact, from racial disparities to cost burden, many trends are going in the wrong direction.

Building on our County Profiles, released each year since 2009, MHP created the State of the State’s Housing to continue to benchmark progress at the state, region and county levels in critical areas, including

  • cost-burdened households paying at least 30% of their income for housing;
  • a comparison of what common jobs pay relative to what renting and owning actually costs;
  • changes in rent and home values;
  • construction of multi- and single-family homes;
  • trends in homelessness;
  • and more!

The report also includes county rankings and maps that reveal trends in areas like gross rent increase, affordable housing for extremely low-income households and housing cost burden for seniors. 


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Regional analyses and County Profiles

With 87 counties spanning urban and rural communities, Minnesota is diverse in its housing needs and challenges. Click below to download regional analyses and county profiles for your area of the state.

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