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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.

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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.

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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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Four Things to Know About Housing in Greater Minnesota

Greater Minnesota faces unique challenges that affect the quality and availability of housing. But just as different regions of Minnesota vary greatly by industry and demographics, housing markets across the state differ too. We explore this complexity in greater detail with our first-ever story map.