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Paying the Rent Now More Difficult in 84 MN Counties

PHOTO: A new report says median rent prices in Minnesota have risen by 6 percent since 2000, while renter income over that time has fallen by 17 percent. Photo credit: Michael Hicks/Flickr.
PHOTO: A new report says median rent prices in Minnesota have risen by 6 percent since 2000, while renter income over that time has fallen by 17 percent. Photo credit: Michael Hicks/Flickr.
August 8, 2014

ST. PAUL, Minn. - Finding an affordable place to rent is becoming more difficult in nearly every county in the state, according to a new study.

The latest analysis from the Minnesota Housing Partnership found that, despite some economic improvements, for many families statewide it's a growing struggle to cover the cost of rent.

"In general, rents are up and renter incomes are down," said Leigh Rosenberg, the group's research and communications director. "In 84 of 87 Minnesota counties, it's become more difficult to afford a place to rent, for the average renter, since the year 2000."

The counties that bucked the trend were Marshall, Stevens and Wilkin, all of which are projected to see continued population losses during the next 25 years.

The Legislature this past session included $100 million for affordable housing in the bonding bill. Rosenberg said that funding certainly will help but just isn't enough.

"The need in many counties is so great that we would actually need to double, or even increase beyond that, the supply of rental housing that is affordable to some of our lowest-income renters in the state," she said.

The county that saw the largest growth in the gap between rents and wages since 2000 is Big Stone, where the median rent has increased by 67 percent, while renter income in the area has fallen by 11 percent.

The study is online at mhponline.org Minnesota population projections are at demography.state.mn.us.

John Michaelson, Public News Service - MN