Rental Housing In Minnesota

Minnesota Rental Overview

The population of Minnesota, according to the 2010 Census, is 5,303,925. The total number of households in the state is 2,087,227. The average household size for Minnesota is 2.4. The total number of renter households in the state is 563,368 which means that 26.99% of households are renter households. Compared to all other U.S. States, Minnesota is ranked 51st in percentage of renters. District Of Columbia is ranked first with 57.99% and West Virginia ranks last with only 26.55%.

According to the Census Bureau’s American Community Survey, the median rent paid among all renter households and housing types and sizes in Minnesota is $821 per month. Ranked against all other states in the country, Minnesota ranks 25th for the highest median rent. Hawaii ranks first at $1,387 and West Virginia ranks last at $618. Though rents are set more locally, statewide median rents provide a basic outlook of housing costs for each state.

The number of vacant rental units in Minnesota is 27,881 representing a vacancy rate of 5.3%. Among all U.S. states, Minnesota ranks 7th for the lowest vacancy rates. New York ranks first with a vacancy rate of 4.5% and South Carolina ranks last with a vacancy rate of 12.9%. As lower vacancy rates are an indication of a healthier rental housing portfolio, Minnesota’s rental housing portfolio is performing well above the National average.

ProgramProjectsUnits
Project Based Section 8 549 30,220
Section 202 152 6,240
Section 811 47 796
Section 515 532 10,326
RDRA 486 6,455
LIHTC 681 28,097
Senior 341 11,500
Public Housing 127 9,428
Section 8 Voucher 144 32,867
Total 1,705 74,237
Note: The total does not necessarily equal the sum of each program as some properties may participate in multiple funding programs.

‡This program is not project based, instead Housing Authorities provide vouchers to individual renters. In the state of Minnesota there are 144 independent Housing Authorities that may issue these vouchers.

The average number of units per property for affordable rentals in Minnesota is 43.50. The largest market for federally assisted housing in the state is Minneapolis at 9,813 units and the smallest is Badger at 4 unit(s). 341 apartment properties provide housing for seniors containing 11,500 units. Of the 74,237 units, 22,604 units include some form of rental assistance (like Section 8) to make rent more affordable for very low income families.

Affordable Housing by Counties in Minnesota ranked by federally assisted units

There are 87 counties or county equivalents in Minnesota. The county or county equivalent with the largest population is Hennepin County at 1,152,425 and the smallest is Traverse County at 3,558. The county or county equivalent with the largest percentage of renter households is Ramsey County at 39.1% and The county or county equivalent with lowest portion of renters is Chisago County at 14.58%.

The density of Federal housing assistance at the county level in Minnesota ranges from a low of 10.3 units per 1,000 renter households in St Louis County to a high of 456 units per 1,000 renter households in Polk County. The average Federal housing assistance density for all counties in Minnesota is 205.5 units per 1,000 renter households.

The table below summarizes the Federally assisted housing located in each county in Minnesota. All major affordable housing programs are provided on a county by county basis. Click on the name of the county to see a more in depth summary of affordable housing in that county.

CountyTotal Units
Hennepin County 17,736
Ramsey County 11,819
St Louis County 3,045
Dakota County 2,532
Washington County 2,439
Olmsted County 2,183
Anoka County 2,179
Stearns County 1,981
Wright County 1,410
Rice County 1,301
Carver County 1,048
Goodhue County 1,015
Scott County 1,000
Kandiyohi County 957
Sherburne County 939
Blue Earth County 865
Clay County 748
Otter Tail County 738
Crow Wing County 724
Beltrami County 712
Steele County 709
Morrison County 690
Itasca County 680
Benton County 606
Mille Lacs County 590
Chisago County 575
Nicollet County 569
Lyon County 564
McLeod County 543
Freeborn County 497
Winona County 484
Becker County 474
Nobles County 467
Douglas County 454
Polk County 444
Brown County 440
Mower County 427
Pine County 413
Isanti County 403
Cass County 392
Waseca County 338
Fillmore County 319
Hubbard County 310
Wadena County 298
Martin County 289
Koochiching County 280
Pennington County 280
Le Sueur County 276
Todd County 269
Dodge County 264
Carlton County 249
Renville County 244
Chippewa County 243
Roseau County 243
Meeker County 228
Cottonwood County 224
Redwood County 218
Houston County 213
Swift County 209
Faribault County 206
Mahnomen County 206
Wabasha County 201
Stevens County 187
Sibley County 178
Rock County 166
Kanabec County 163
Watonwan County 156
Pope County 149
Yellow Medicine County 140
Lincoln County 139
Red Lake County 127
Aitkin County 116
Wilkin County 112
Kittson County 108
Norman County 103
Clearwater County 100
Cook County 95
Lac qui Parle County 94
Big Stone County 94
Marshall County 90
Murray County 84
Lake County 81
Jackson County 64
Lake of the Woods County 52
Traverse County 32
Grant County 32
Pipestone County 28

Affordable Housing by City in Minnesota ranked by federally assisted units

We are tracking 482 cities in Minnesota that have at least one Federally assisted housing community. With a population of 5,303,925, Owantonna has the largest population of these cities. There are 3 Federally assisted housing communities in Owantonna which are home to about 61 families, most of which are lower income families.

The table below provides a summary of all Federally assisted housing communities by city in Minnesota. All the major affordable housing funding program breakdowns are provided. Click on the city name to get a full affordable rental housing report for each city in Minnesota.

CityTotal Units
Minneapolis 9,813
Saint Paul 5,115
St. Paul 3,426
Rochester 1,993
Duluth 1,576
Saint Cloud 1,166
Burnsville 912
Maplewood 887
Oakdale 873
Bloomington 846
Mankato 810
Minnetonka 804
Coon Rapids 794
Eden Prairie 719
New Brighton 694
Willmar 686
Brooklyn Park 675
Northfield 649
Hibbing 606
Roseville 589
Chaska 572
Edina 571
Owatonna 570
Moorhead 552
Brooklyn Center 548
Stillwater 535
Faribault 509
Bemidji 504
Marshall 484
Red Wing 476
Robbinsdale 476
Grand Rapids 463
Little Falls 460
Anoka 459
Albert Lea 444
Brainerd 414
Maple Grove 412
Worthington 397
Elk River 397
Saint Louis Park 376
Plymouth 369
Fergus Falls 364
Sauk Rapids 364
Golden Valley 357
Alexandria 353
Inver Grove Heights 353
Winona 352
Shakopee 345
Apple Valley 343
Detroit Lakes 335
Waseca 330
Hopkins 325
Austin 324
Buffalo 318
Park Rapids 310
Monticello 307
Forest Lake 296
New Ulm 284
White Bear Lake 278
Hutchinson 269
Champlin 267
Fridley 262
Crookston 257
Virginia 247
New Hope 241
Thief River Falls 233
Milaca 231
Princeton 230
Eagan 230
North St Paul 213
Saint Peter 198
Cambridge 198
Cannon Falls 197
Little Canada 194
Mounds View 193
Fairmont 193
Richfield 191
Circle Pines 189
Montevideo 185
Cold Spring 185
International Falls 184
Waconia 182
Mahtomedi 179
Windom 176
Belle Plaine 173
Mountain Iron 172
Cokato 170
North Branch 168
Morris 167
Cloquet 167
Hastings 167
Annandale 165
Lakeville 163
Luverne 158
Mahnomen 155
Wadena 155
Blaine 154
Redwood Falls 154
North Mankato 153
Stewartville 150
Pine City 148
New Prague 148
Vadnais Heights 147
Columbia Heights 147
Glencoe 146
Mora 140
Foley 137
Farmington 137
Savage 135
Big Lake 133
Isanti 133
Lake City 131
Litchfield 130
Hinckley 130
Falcon Heights 127
Chisholm 127
Kasson 127
Roseau 126
Long Prairie 124
Wyoming 124
Prior Lake 123
Pine River 123
Brooklyn Ctr 122
Pelican Rapids 122
Oak Park Heights 120
Chisago City 116
Delano 115
Dilworth 114
Shoreview 112
Granite Falls 110
East Grand Forks 109
Spicer 107
Proctor 105
Sandstone 105
Sauk Centre 104
Warroad 104
Benson 104
Pine Island 103
Onamia 101
Plainview 100
Aitkin 100
Glenwood 100
Kandiyohi 100
Walker 98
Rush City 98
Breckenridge 96
Rosemount 95
Grand Marais 95
Waite Park 95
Watertown 92
Lake Crystal 91
Chanhassen 87
Albany 86
Olivia 85
St Cloud 85
Zumbrota 85
Caledonia 84
Red Lake 82
New York Mills 81
Two Harbors 81
Pequot Lakes 80
Woodbury 80
St Paul 78
Rockford 78
Newport 78
Aurora 78
Pierz 77
Wayzata 77
Blackduck 76
Perham 76
Jordan 76
Paynesville 75
Crystal 75
Spring Valley 73
Pipestone 73
Cass Lake 73
Braham 72
Springfield 72
Ely 72
Osakis 69
Slayton 68
Excelsior 67
Zimmerman 67
Eveleth 66
Melrose 65
Wells 65
Deerwood 64
Winsted 64
Claremont 64
Brooten 64
Le Center 64
St. Francis 63
Chatfield 63
Rogers 62
Winthrop 62
Maple Lake 62
Crosby 61
Owantonna 61
Appleton 61
Le Sueur 61
Albertville 61
Blue Earth 61
Norwood 61
West St Paul 60
Spring Lake Park 60
Gaylord 59
Motley 59
Staples 58
Sartell 58
Dawson 58
White Earth 58
Red Lake Falls 56
Madelia 56
St James 56
St. Peter 56
Jackson 56
Sleepy Eye 56
Bagley 54
Rushford 54
Baudette 52
Lonsdale 52
Deer River 52
Tower 52
Remer 51
Fairbault 51
Canby 50
Cottage Grove 50
Brownsdale 49
St. Anthony 49
Baxter 48
Kasota 48
Howard Lake 48
Winnebago 48
South Saint Paul 48
Hoyt Lakes 48
Hermantown 48
Spring Grove 47
St. Cloud 47
Belgrade 46
St Louis Park 45
Karlstad 45
Waubun 45
Isle 45
Bloominton 45
Longlake 44
St. James 44
South St. Paul 44
Twin Valley 43
Graceville 42
Blooming Prairie 42
Saint Michael 42
Mound 42
Ironton 41
Arlington 41
Nashwauk 41
Moose Lake 41
Ada 40
Lanesboro 39
Theif River Falls 39
Grand Meadow 38
Eagle Bend 38
Wanamingo 38
Round Lake 38
Maple Plain 38
Starbuck 37
Dodge Center 37
Oklee 37
Royalton 37
Fairfax 37
Madison 36
Littlefork 36
Houston 36
Kerkhoven 36
Richmond 36
Frazee 36
Grygla 36
Watkins 36
Becker 36
Hallock 35
Keewatin 35
Floodwood 35
Ramsey 34
La Crescent 34
Sherburn 32
Saint Joseph 32
Tyler 32
Big Falls 32
Sebeka 32
Danube 32
Biwabik 32
Montrose 30
Preston 30
Ivanhoe 30
Menagha 30
Clearwater 30
Menahga 30
Askov 30
Saint Francis 30
St Peter 30
Redby 30
Clearbrook 30
Hawley 30
Mazeppa 28
Brownton 28
International F 28
Trimont 28
Eden Valley 28
Rollingstone 28
Holdingford 28
Barnesville 28
Wabasso 28
Clarissa 28
Avon 28
Parkers Prairie 27
Grove City 26
Randall 25
Barnum 25
Ogema 25
Loretto 25
Morgan 24
Westbrook 24
St Francis 24
Silver Lake 24
Bird Island 24
Grey Eagle 24
Mountain Lake 24
Lecenter 24
Wabasha 24
Kenyon 24
Eyota 24
Clear Lake 24
Tracy 24
Evansville 24
Minneota 24
Young America 24
Montgomery 24
Hector 24
New London 24
Hayfield 24
Clinton 24
Browns Valley 24
Raymond 24
Buhl 23
Marble 23
Ogilvie 23
Big Fork 23
Waterville 23
Bigfork 23
Browerville 23
Lewiston 22
Morristown 22
Halstad 20
Dassel 20
Akeley 20
Harmony 20
Good Thunder 20
South St Paul 20
Plummer 20
Deer Creek 20
Balaton 20
Lancaster 20
Kelliher 20
Stacy 20
Comfrey 20
Lindstrom 20
Nett Lake 20
Medford 20
Hackensack 19
Freeport 19
Renville 18
Newfolden 18
Faribault, 18
Saint Bonifacius 18
Harris 17
Mcintosh 17
Waverly 16
Gonvick 16
Ellendale 16
Rothsay 16
Byron 16
Fulda 16
Ortonville 16
Hill City 16
Underwood 16
Nisswa 16
Truman 16
Battle Lake 16
Jasper 16
Swanville 16
Lake Benton 16
Bertha 16
Amboy 16
Cromwell 16
Mapleton 16
Upsala 16
Elbow Lake 16
Mabel 16
North Arlington 16
Fosston 15
Erskine 14
Altura 14
Argyle 14
Brooks 14
Kimball 14
Buffalo Lake 12
Lester Prairie 12
Elmore 12
Porter 12
Emmons 12
Glyndon 12
Mantorville 12
Sacred Heart 12
Sanborn 12
Warren 12
Mendota Heights 12
Welcome 12
Ghent 12
Kiester 12
Fertile 12
Hokah 12
Taylors Falls 12
Nicollet 12
Chokio 12
Ellsworth 12
Lake Park 12
Clarks Grove 12
Brewster 12
Eagle Lake 12
Clara City 12
Rice 12
Cologne 12
Beardsley 12
Ulen 12
Alden 11
Fisher 10
Hollandale 10
Goodhue 10
Mayer 10
Stephen 10
Verndale 9
Greenbush 9
Gilman 8
Lyle 8
Glenville 8
Ashby 8
Waldorf 8
Wolverton 8
Longville 8
Darwin 8
Leroy 8
Cook 8
Pennock 8
Holloway 8
Henning 8
Northrup 8
Bricelyn 8
Lake Bronson 8
Ostrander 8
Rushmore 8
Audubon 8
Lakefield 8
Wykoff 8
Elysian 8
Canton 8
Goodridge 8
Hoffman 8
Lake Lillian 8
Hanska 8
Clarkfield 8
Carlos 8
Hancock 8
Wheaton 8
Cleveland 8
Cyrus 8
Hendricks 8
New Germany 8
Milan 6
Bejou 6
Badger 4
Lowry 4
Gilbert -
New Richland -

Housing Authorities in Minnesota ranked by assisted units and vouchers

Housing authorities are governmental (or quasi-governmental) entities that manage various Federal housing assistance programs on behalf of the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). These programs include Public Housing, Section 8 Housing Choice Vouchers and other programs.

There are 144 housing authorities in Minnesota. These housing authorities own and operate an aggregate of public housing units and administer Section 8 rental vouchers. Of the 144 housing authorities, 34% have both a public housing and Section 8 program.

The largest housing authority in Minnesota by total housing assistance units managed is Minneapolis Public Housing Authority with 11,501 public housing units under management (6,244 public housing units and 5,257 Section 8 vouchers).

The table below provides a list of housing authorities in Minnesota and includes each housing authorities public housing and Section 8 voucher count. Click on the housing authority name to get more details on the housing authority.

NamePublic Housing UnitsSection 8 Vouchers
Minneapolis Public Housing Authority 6,244 5,257
Saint Paul Public Housing Agency 4,242 4,470
Metropolitan Council - 6,189
Dakota County Community Development Agency 323 2,306
Housing and Redevelopment Authority of Duluth, Minnesota 1,152 1,472
St. Cloud Housing and Redevelopment Authority 291 937
Housing & Redevelopment Authority of Virginia, Minnesota 272 538
Northwest Minnesota Multi-County Housing and Redevelopment Authority 103 637
South Central MN Multi County HRA - 691
Olmsted Housing and Redevelopment Authority 110 532
City of Mankato and Blue Earth County Economic Development Authorities 179 430
Housing and Redevelopment Authority of St. Paul 298 302
Housing and Redevelopment Authority of Bloomington - 551
Housing & Redevelopment Authority of Austin 361 177
Housing and Redevelopment Authority of Brainerd 202 320
Southeast MN Multi-County HRA 110 370
Winona Housing and Redevelopment Authority 300 165
Housing Authority of St Louis Park, Minnesota 159 268
Scott County Community Development Agency 93 333
Worthington Housing and Redevelopment Authority 136 250
Clay County Housing and Redevelopment Authority 24 360
Housing and Redevelopment Authority of Albert Lea 176 155
Rice County Housing and Redevelopment Authority - 329
Kandiyohi County Housing and Redevelopment Authority - 327
EDHA of East Grand Forks - 311
Housing and Redevelopment Authority of Bemidji, Minnesota 120 183
Red Wing Housing and Redevelopment Authority 119 169
Itasca Housing and Redevelopment Authority 40 248
Douglas County Housing and Redevelopment Authority 28 245
Stearns County HRA 20 251
Moorhead Public Housing Agency 175 95
Housing and Redevelopment Authority of Detroit Lakes, Minnesota 91 167
Crookston Housing And EDA 65 188
Fergus Falls/Otter Tail County Housing and Redevelopment Authority 67 185
Housing and Redevelopment Authority of Hibbing, Minnesota 251 -
Richfield HRA - 231
Housing and Redevelopment Authority of Cloquet 74 155
Plymouth Housing & Redevelopment Authority - 225
Willmar Housing and Redevelopment Authority 174 50
Washington County Housing and Redevelopment Authority 105 90
Todd County Housing and Redevelopment Authority 18 162
Aitkin County Housing and Redevelopment Authority 145 31
New Ulm Economic Development Authority 50 124
Housing and Redevelopment Authority of Pipestone 102 53
Fergus Falls/Otter Tail County Housing and Redevelopment Authority 13 140
Cass County Housing and Redevelopment Authority 12 137
City of Mankato and Blue Earth County Economic Development Authorities 75 72
Public Housing Commission of the City of Marshall 145 -
Housing and Redevelopment Authority of Wadena 61 74
Grant County Housing and Redevelopment Authority 80 51
Morrison County HRA - 131
Housing and Redevelopment Authority of Alexandria 130 -
Housing And Redevelopment Auth. of Chipp. Co. - 129
Koochiching County HRA - 128
Stevens County HRA - 128
Housing and Redevelopment Authority of Mora 43 81
McLeod County Housing and Redevelopment Authority - 121
Fairmont Housing and Redevelopment Authority 121 -
Housing and Redevelopment Authority of Ely 120 -
Le Sueur County HRA - 118
Owatonna HRA - 113
Renville County Housing and Redevelopment Authority 25 84
Housing and Redevelopment Authority of Chisholm, Minnesota 109 -
Clearwater County Housing Authority - 107
Cambridge Economic Development Authority 45 58
Housing and Redevelopment Authority of Hutchinson 101 -
Housing and Redevelopment Authority of Columbia Heights 101 -
Housing and Redevelopment Authority of Little Falls, Minnesota 100 -
Becker County Economic Development Authority 25 74
Meeker County HRA 25 69
Housing and Redevelopment Authority of Benson 94 -
Faribault County Housing and Redevelopment Authority - 93
Housing and Redevelopment Authority of Grand Rapids 92 -
Big Stone County Housing and Redevelopment Authority 57 34
Housing and Redevelopment Authority of Windom, Minnesota 88 -
Swift County HRA - 83
Housing and Redevelopment Authority of Breckenridge 83 -
Carver County Community Development Agency 81 -
Housing and Redevelopment Authority of International Falls 80 -
Housing and Redevelopment Authority of St. James 77 -
Thief River Falls Housing and Redevelopment Aut 76 -
Housing and Redevelopment Authority of Hopkins 76 -
Mental Health Resources - 75
South Metro Human Services - 75
Housing and Redevelopment Authority of Jackson 74 -
Housing and Redevelopment Authority of Warren 74 -
Housing And Redevelopment Authority of Yellow - 73
North Mankato Housing And Redevelopment Autho 73 -
Housing and Redevelopment Authority of Luverne 70 -
Mower County Housing and Redevelopment Authority 28 40
Housing and Redevelopment Authority of Park Rapids 68 -
Housing and Redevelopment Authority of St. Peter, Minnesota 62 -
Housing and Redevelopment Authority of Waseca 60 -
Housing and Redevelopment Authority of Cook, Minnesota 60 -
Housing and Redevelopment Authority of Tracy 60 -
Housing and Redevelopment Authority of Litchfield 60 -
Housing and Redevelopment Authority of Staples 60 -
Housing and Redevelopment Authority of Morris 59 -
Housing and Redevelopment Authority of Crosby 58 -
Housing and Redevelopment Authority of Two Harbors, Minnesota 57 -
Housing and Redevelopment Authority of Montevideo 57 -
Housing and Redevelopment Authority of Redwood Falls, Minnesota 56 -
Housing and Redevelopment Authority of Blue Earth 54 -
Housing and Redevelopment Authority of Cass Lake, Minnesota 50 -
Scott Carver Dakota Cap Agency - 50
Housing and Redevelopment Authority of Mound 50 -
Housing & Redevelopment Authority of Faribault 49 -
Housing and Redevelopment Authority of Gilbert 48 -
Housing and Redevelopment Authority of Le Sueur 48 -
Housing and Redevelopment Authority of Sleepy Eye 45 -
Housing and Redevelopment Authority of Mountain Lake, Minnesota 41 -
Housing and Redevelopment Authority of Long Prairie 40 -
Housing and Redevelopment Authority of Moose Lake 40 -
Housing and Redevelopment Authority of Pine River 40 -
Housing and Redevelopment Authority of Sauk Centre, Minnesota 40 -
Housing and Redevelopment Authority of Princeton, Minnesota 40 -
Housing and Redevelopment Authority of Cottonwood 39 -
Housing & Redevelopment Authority of Dodge Center 38 -
Housing & Redevelopment Authority of Janesville 38 -
Housing and Redevelopment Authority of Madison, Minnesota 36 -
Housing and Redevelopment Authority of Perham, Minnesota 35 -
Housing and Redevelopment Authority of Bagley 35 -
Housing and Redevelopment Authority of Eveleth 34 -
Housing and Redevelopment Authority of Pine City, Minnesota 34 -
Housing and Redevelopment Authority of Walker, Minnesota 32 -
Housing and Redevelopment Authority of Braham 32 -
Housing and Redevelopment Authority of Clarkfield 32 -
Housing and Redevelopment Authority of New Richland 30 -
Housing and Redevelopment Authority of Lindstrom, Minnesota 30 -
Housing and Redevelopment Authority of Montgomery 30 -
Housing and Redevelopment Authority of Glenwood, Minnesota 30 -
Housing and Redevelopment Authority of Delano 30 -
HRA of City of Melrose, Minnesota 30 -
Housing and Redevelopment Authority of Barnsville 30 -
Housing and Redevelopment Authority of Lake Benton 25 -
Housing and Redevelopment Authority of Pequot Lakes 24 -
Housing and Redevelopment Authority of Red Lake Falls 23 -
Housing and Redevelopment Authority of Henning, Minnesota 20 -
Housing and Redevelopment Authority of Greenbush 20 -
HRA of Baudette, Minnesota 20 -
Housing and Redevelopment Authority of Lincoln County 20 -
Housing and Redevelopment Authority of Warroad, Minnesota 20 -
Housing and Redevelopment Authority of Carlton 19 -
Washington County Housing and Redevelopment Authority - -

Federally Assisted Affordable Rental Housing

According to our affordable housing data, Minnesota has a total of 1,705 rental properties that receive at least one form of Federal housing assistance and are at least partially reserved for low income persons. These properties contain an estimated 74,237 rental housing units. (Note: Some of the Federal source data we use does not include total unit count for a property -- most notably the LIHTC database -- so the number of units listed here may be less than the actual.)

The Project Based Section 8 Program is the largest assistance program by unit count. The program assists 30,220 in Minnesota. The charts below lay out how each Federal program impact affordable housing in Minnesota.

Federal Programs By Unit Count Hover over a bar to view

5,303,925

Population

2.4

Average Household Size

1,218,370

Total Renters

563,368

Renter Households

$819

Median Rent

$5,850,739,200/year

Gross Rent Paid By All Renters

30,186

Vacant Units For Rent

5.1%

Vacancy Rate

74,237

Federally Assisted Units

1,705

Federally Assisted Projects

681/28,097

Tax Credit Projects/Units

549/30,220

Project Based Section 8 Projects/Units

532/10,326

Section 515 Projects/Units

152/6,240

Section 202 Projects/Units

47/796

Section 811 Projects/Units

486/6,455

RD Rental Assisted Projects/Units

341/11,500

Senior Projects/Units

22,604

Units with Project Based Rent Subsidy

43.5

Average Units Per Property