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By tracking and analyzing trends in areas that affect our quality of life, Compass gives everyone in our state – policymakers, business and community leaders, and concerned individuals who live and work here – a common foundation to act on issues to improve our communities. More >

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cost-burdened renters vs. owners
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Renters more likely than owners to spend too much on housing

The Twin Cities have the second-lowest cost-burden rate of major metropolitan areas. About 13,000 fewer households are cost-burdened compared to 2012, and almost 50,000 fewer compared to 2007. However, renters remain more than twice as likely as owners to be paying too much for housing. This is not only true for the Twin Cities region, but for the state as a whole.

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New data

Updated in December:

Chisago, Ramsey, and Kanabec counties have Minnesota's highest share of households paying too much for housing (36%).

Northwest Minnesota and the Northland post the lowest share of adults working across Minnesota's regions.

Less than half of housing units in Minneapolis (48%) and Saint Paul (49%) are owned by the resident(s). More than 9 in 10 own their home in Andover and Lino Lakes.


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