Advocates from across Minnesota are descending on the Minnesota state legislature to make the case for robust investments and smart policies that advance housing, and Minnesota Housing Partnership has just released a key tool for talking about about housing with lawmakers.
Minnesota Housing Partnership has released its biennial Legislative District Housing Profiles, an essential resource, providing data on housing measures for all 134 legislative districts across the state.
While each district is unique in its challenges and opportunities, some troubling trends hold true. Utilizing data from the 2018 American Community Survey, MHP has found that there is a continued rise in housing costs, increasing numbers of families paying more than they can afford on housing costs and, in some districts, declining income for renters and homeowners.
For instance, after adjusting for inflation, rent has risen in 79 percent of the state's districts since just 2013, and even median-income renter households can't afford rent in more than 35 percent of the state's legislative districts. Meanwhile, renter household income declined in 16 percent of districts and 9 percent of districts saw a decline in homeowner income over that same time period. Cost burden, the percentage of renter households that spend more than 30 percent of their income on housing, is pervasive across the state on impacting at least 27% of renter households in every single legislative district across the state, and reaches a high of 60% in District 59A in the Twin Cities. Senior renters are increasingly affected by cost burden in every district, and reaching as high as 80% of seniors in District 39B in the Twin Cities who paying more than they can afford.
“For a decade, MHP’s Legislative District Profiles have been an important tool for housing advocates and members of the media,” said Andy Birkey, MHP’s Director of Communications and Research. “Most importantly, the data provided by the Profiles provides data and trends lawmakers can use to better understand the housing challenges their constituents face.”
Read more district highs and lows below — and view all Legislative District Housing Profiles here.
Most cost-burdened renters: 60% in District 59A - Twin Cities
Most cost-burdened senior renters: 80% in District 39B - Twin Cities
Fewest cost-burdened renters: 27% in District 15B - Central
Fewest cost-burdened senior renters: 36% in District 28B - Central
Most cost-burdened owners: 33% in District 62A - Twin Cities
Most cost-burdened senior owners: 38% in District 59B - Twin Cities
Fewest cost-burdened owners: 13% in District 34A - Twin Cities
Fewest cost-burdened senior owners: 15% in District 23A - Southern
Lowest income needed to own a median-value home is $31,650 in District 22B - Southwest
Highest income needed to own a median-value home is $145,950 in District 49A - Twin Cities
Lowest income needed to afford median rent is $39,960 in District 40B - Twin Cities
Highest income needed to afford median rent is $56,640 income in District 34B - Twin Cities
Increases and decreases
Largest Increase in Rent: 27% in District 35B - Twin Cities
Largest decrease in rent: -19% in District 30B - Central
Largest decline in renter income: -13% in District 1B -Northwest
Largest increase in renter income: 65% in District 35B - Twin Cities
Largest increase in median home value: 16% in District 1B - Northwest
Largest decrease in median home value: -9% in District 14B - Central
Largest decline in owner income: -5% in District 62A - Twin Cities
Largest increase in owner income: 23% in District 60A - Twin Cities