Goal: People at all income levels have housing opportunities throughout the state.

Housing is more than shelter. Our communities need stable neighborhoods where families can put down roots. Children need safe, stable homes and neighborhoods to flourish. Having affordable housing available throughout the metro area is important to a strong economy. It reduces worker shortages for employers, and transportation problems for workers. Concentrations of poverty in neighborhoods make them less stable, decreases property values and makes the area less desirable for businesses.

What's happening

  • The proportion of the state’s households that are "cost-burdened" (paying 30 percent or more of their income for housing) increased from 22 percent in 2000 to 34 percent during the recession. The share of cost-burdened households is now at 27%.
  • Regionwise, Minnesota's Twin Cities, Central, and Northland regions have the highest share of households paying "too much" for housing (30% or more of households).
  • Around 39 percent of Minnesota household heads who are of color are homeowners, while 76 percent of white heads of household own their homes. The 37 percentage point "homeownership gap" between whites and persons of color in Minnesota during 2015 is substantially worse than for the U.S. The gap has shrunk from 39 percentage points in 2011.
  • The number of homeless people in Minnesota declined in 2015 for the first time since 2006. The Wilder Research homelessness study, conducted on one night in October 2015, counted 9,312 homeless adults, youth, and children. Estimates of the total number will be released later in 2016.

Making connections

Stable housing improves a child's chance for school success. A vibrant economy depends on a workforce that has stable, affordable housing. Housing is an essential part of life for all residents, from immigrants to youth to older adults. Housing trends also vary by town and neighborhood.

Featured trend

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Nearly 3 in 10 Minnesota households pay too much for housing

Almost 600,000 Minnesota households are cost-burdened, or pay 30% or more of their income for housing. Mirroring the nation, the share of households paying too much for housing has decreased in recent years after rising sharply in the 2000s. Homeowners are much less likely than renters to be cost-burdened. 

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Ellen Mai

The newly released Central Corridor Tracker and Big Picture Project reports measure the impact of light rail on neighborhoods along University Avenue between downtown Minneapolis and downtown Saint Paul.

Compass researcher Ellen Mai, who managed the data analysis for the projects, reflects on the latest outcomes and shares key takeaways.

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