2021 County Profiles

In 2021, from racial disparities to cost burden, many trends in housing are going in the wrong direction.

MHP’s County Profiles, released every odd year since 2009, continue to benchmark progress at the state, region and county levels in critical areas again in 2021. MHP’s County Profiles provide data on cost-burdened households paying at least 30% of their income for housing, a comparison of what common jobs pay and what renting and owning actually costs, changes in rent and home prices, housing stock age, new construction, jobs and unemployment, homeownership, and homelessness.

Data for the County Profiles is gathered from a variety of sources including the American Community Survey (ACS) from the US Census Bureau, Housing and Urban Development (HUD), the Bureau of Labor Statistics, Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development, and the Minnesota Department of Revenue. In addition to these government sources, the profiles rely upon local non-profits doing high quality research in the area of homelessness.

Read the county profiles summary here or check out the individual profiles in the sidebar. 

Key takeaways from the 2021 County Profiles: 

  • In every county in Minnesota, at least 1 in 4 renter households pay too much for housing. 
  • In every county in Minnesota, at least 1 in 10 homeowner households pay too much for housing. 
  • Accounting for inflation, rent has increased in 86 of Minnesota’s 87 counties from 2000 to 2019. 18 counties have seen a 30% increase or higher. 
  • 36 of 87 counties saw no newly issued permits for multifamily construction in 2019. 

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