When families pay too much for rent, they’re forced to sacrifice to make ends meet — cutting back at the grocery store or delaying a trip to the doctor. Building on the annual report produced by the National Low Income Housing Coalition, Out of Reach Minnesota 2019 delves further into state, county and local trends to reveal that households in every corner of Minnesota are spending thousands of dollars more than they can afford each year just to pay the rent for a modest apartment.
Building on the annual report produced by the National Low Income Housing Coalition, this report tracks the growing gap between wages and rent, not just in urban areas, like the Twin Cities, but across Greater Minnesota. 
Key findings in MHP's 2019 report include:
  • Over the last year, the amount a renter needs to earn to afford a modest apartment grew by 3 percent. 
  • Six of the top 10 most in-demand jobs pay less than is needed to afford a one-bedroom apartment. 
  • To afford a two-bedroom apartment, the median-income renter in Minnesota would need an 8 percent raise.
  • The lowest income households — those earning 30 percent or less of area median income — can afford a modest one-bedroom apartment in only eight of Minnesota’s 87 counties. Even efficiencies are not affordable in 33 counties. 
  • Minimum wage workers in the Twin Cities metropolitan area must work 71 hours per week to afford a modest one-bedroom apartment and 90 hours per week for a two-bedroom. This represents an increase in an additional 2-3 hours per week needed from just last year.


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For more information and data notes for Out of Reach, contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or see "How to Use the Numbers/Where the Numbers Come From" at the National Low Income Housing Coalition (NLIHC) 2019 Out of Reach.