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For 2009, the county profiles paint a picture of continuing housing need, especially for lower-paid occupations. Major findings include:

  • Since 2001, rents have risen much faster in Greater Minnesota than in the Twin Cities. While already-high rents in Twin Cities counties increased 18%, other areas showed substantially higher increases.
  • Kanabec, Pine, and Mille Lacs Counties had the highest rent increases—up by 56%—followed by Le Sueur and Crow Wing, with increases of 54% and 51%, respectively. Rochester, Duluth, and St. Cloud area counties also posted significant rent increases.
  • Owning a median-priced home is affordable to all of MHP's five featured occupations in only 4 counties: Grant, Kittson, Lincoln, and Pipestone. These counties have homes that are among the least expensive in the state.
  • In not one county is renting a typical 2-bedroom apartment affordable to all five featured occupations.
  • Between 2007 and 2008, the number of foreclosures increased in more than three-quarters of Minnesota counties.
  • The most significant percent increases for foreclosures were in Stevens, Mahnomen, and Clearwater counties; the largest decreases were in Wilkin and Lyon counties. Overall, foreclosures statewide were up by 29%.

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Minnesota (Statewide profile)

By County

Aitkin
Anoka
Becker
Beltrami
Benton
Big Stone
Blue Earth
Brown
Carlton
Carver
Cass
Chippewa
Chisago
Clay
Clearwater
Cook
Cottonwood
Crow Wing
Dakota
Dodge
Douglas
Faribault
Fillmore
Freeborn
Goodhue
Grant
Hennepin
Houston
Hubbard
Isanti
Itasca
Jackson
Kanabec
Kandiyohi
Kittson
Koochiching
Lac qui Parle
Lake
Lake of the Woods
Le Sueur
Lincoln
Lyon
Mahnomen
Marshall
Martin
McLeod
Meeker
Mille Lacs
Morrison
Mower
Murray
Nicollet
Nobles
Norman
Olmsted
Otter Tail
Pennington
Pine
Pipestone
Polk
Pope
Ramsey
Red Lake
Redwood
Renville
Rice
Rock
Roseau
Scott
Sherburne
Sibley
Stearns
Steele
Stevens
St. Louis
Swift
Todd
Traverse
Wabasha
Wadena
Waseca
Washington
Watonwan
Wilkin
Winona
Wright
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Data for the 2009 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 and foreclosures.