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 $804 per month. Ranked against all other states in the country, Minnesota ranks 25th for the highest median rent. Hawaii ranks first at $1,353 and West Virginia ranks last at $606. 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 31,273 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 515 533 10,350
RDRA 487 6,470
LIHTC 682 28,120
Senior 341 11,500
Public Housing 127 9,428
Section 8 Voucher 144 31,875
Total 1,706 74,261
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 74,261 units, 43,690 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
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
Pennington County 280
Koochiching County 280
Le Sueur County 276
Todd County 269
Dodge County 264
St. Louis County 250
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 481 cities in Minnesota that have at least one Federally assisted housing community. With a population of 382,578, Minneapolis has the largest population of these cities. There are 124 Federally assisted housing communities in Minneapolis which are home to about 9,813 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
Inver Grove Heights 353
Alexandria 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
Fairmont 193
Mounds View 193
Richfield 191
Circle Pines 189
Cold Spring 185
Montevideo 185
International Falls 184
Waconia 182
Mahtomedi 179
Windom 176
Belle Plaine 173
Mountain Iron 172
Cokato 170
North Branch 168
Hastings 167
Morris 167
Cloquet 167
Annandale 165
Lakeville 163
Luverne 158
Wadena 155
Mahnomen 155
Redwood Falls 154
Blaine 154
North Mankato 153
Stewartville 150
New Prague 148
Pine City 148
Columbia Heights 147
Vadnais 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
Kasson 127
Chisholm 127
Roseau 126
Long Prairie 124
Wyoming 124
Pine River 123
Prior Lake 123
Pelican Rapids 122
Brooklyn Ctr 122
Oak Park Heights 120
Chisago City 116
Delano 115
Dilworth 114
Shoreview 112
Granite Falls 110
East Grand Forks 109
Spicer 107
Sandstone 105
Proctor 105
Sauk Centre 104
Warroad 104
Benson 104
Pine Island 103
Onamia 101
Kandiyohi 100
Glenwood 100
Aitkin 100
Plainview 100
Rush City 98
Walker 98
Breckenridge 96
Rosemount 95
Waite Park 95
Grand Marais 95
Watertown 92
Lake Crystal 91
Chanhassen 87
Albany 86
Olivia 85
St Cloud 85
Zumbrota 85
Caledonia 84
Red Lake 82
Two Harbors 81
New York Mills 81
Woodbury 80
Pequot Lakes 80
Rockford 78
St Paul 78
Newport 78
Aurora 78
Wayzata 77
Pierz 77
Blackduck 76
Perham 76
Jordan 76
Crystal 75
Paynesville 75
Pipestone 73
Cass Lake 73
Spring Valley 73
Ely 72
Springfield 72
Braham 72
Osakis 69
Slayton 68
Excelsior 67
Zimmerman 67
Eveleth 66
Wells 65
Melrose 65
Deerwood 64
Winsted 64
Le Center 64
Brooten 64
Claremont 64
Chatfield 63
St. Francis 63
Rogers 62
Maple Lake 62
Winthrop 62
Le Sueur 61
Appleton 61
Albertville 61
Owantonna 61
Crosby 61
Blue Earth 61
Norwood 61
West St Paul 60
Spring Lake Park 60
Gaylord 59
Motley 59
Dawson 58
White Earth 58
Sartell 58
Staples 58
Madelia 56
St. Peter 56
Red Lake Falls 56
Jackson 56
St James 56
Sleepy Eye 56
Bagley 54
Rushford 54
Baudette 52
Deer River 52
Tower 52
Lonsdale 52
Remer 51
Fairbault 51
Cottage Grove 50
Canby 50
Brownsdale 49
St. Anthony 49
South Saint Paul 48
Baxter 48
Hermantown 48
Hoyt Lakes 48
Howard Lake 48
Kasota 48
Winnebago 48
St. Cloud 47
Spring Grove 47
Belgrade 46
St Louis Park 45
Bloominton 45
Isle 45
Karlstad 45
Waubun 45
South St. Paul 44
St. James 44
Longlake 44
Twin Valley 43
Mound 42
Graceville 42
Blooming Prairie 42
Saint Michael 42
Ironton 41
Moose Lake 41
Nashwauk 41
Arlington 41
Ada 40
Lanesboro 39
Theif River Falls 39
Round Lake 38
Wanamingo 38
Maple Plain 38
Eagle Bend 38
Grand Meadow 38
Oklee 37
Starbuck 37
Dodge Center 37
Fairfax 37
Royalton 37
Frazee 36
Madison 36
Watkins 36
Kerkhoven 36
Littlefork 36
Grygla 36
Becker 36
Houston 36
Richmond 36
Keewatin 35
Hallock 35
Floodwood 35
Ramsey 34
La Crescent 34
Biwabik 32
Saint Joseph 32
Big Falls 32
Danube 32
Sherburn 32
Tyler 32
Sebeka 32
Redby 30
Menahga 30
Hawley 30
Preston 30
Menagha 30
Ivanhoe 30
St Peter 30
Askov 30
Montrose 30
Clearwater 30
Clearbrook 30
Saint Francis 30
Brownton 28
International F 28
Avon 28
Trimont 28
Barnesville 28
Holdingford 28
Mazeppa 28
Rollingstone 28
Eden Valley 28
Clarissa 28
Wabasso 28
Parkers Prairie 27
Grove City 26
Barnum 25
Loretto 25
Randall 25
Ogema 25
Hayfield 24
Browns Valley 24
Wabasha 24
Westbrook 24
Clear Lake 24
Bird Island 24
Raymond 24
Clinton 24
Eyota 24
Kenyon 24
Mountain Lake 24
Lesueur 24
Minneota 24
Grey Eagle 24
Montgomery 24
Morgan 24
Hector 24
Young America 24
New London 24
Silver Lake 24
Lecenter 24
St Francis 24
Tracy 24
Evansville 24
Browerville 23
Waterville 23
Ogilvie 23
Big Fork 23
Bigfork 23
Marble 23
Buhl 23
Morristown 22
Lewiston 22
Akeley 20
Plummer 20
Stacy 20
Medford 20
Halstad 20
Harmony 20
Good Thunder 20
Lancaster 20
Lindstrom 20
South St Paul 20
Kelliher 20
Dassel 20
Balaton 20
Deer Creek 20
Comfrey 20
Nett Lake 20
Hackensack 19
Freeport 19
Newfolden 18
Faribault, 18
Saint Bonifacius 18
Renville 18
Mcintosh 17
Harris 17
Cromwell 16
North Arlington 16
Mabel 16
Amboy 16
Elbow Lake 16
Upsala 16
Jasper 16
Nisswa 16
Mapleton 16
Lake Benton 16
Ortonville 16
Waverly 16
Rothsay 16
Underwood 16
Swanville 16
Battle Lake 16
Bertha 16
Gonvick 16
Ellendale 16
Hill City 16
Byron 16
Fulda 16
Truman 16
Fosston 15
Argyle 14
Erskine 14
Altura 14
Kimball 14
Brooks 14
Hokah 12
Sacred Heart 12
Nicollet 12
Fertile 12
Lester Prairie 12
Ellsworth 12
Chokio 12
Warren 12
Taylors Falls 12
Elmore 12
Mantorville 12
Lake Park 12
Glyndon 12
Sanborn 12
Rice 12
Kiester 12
Emmons 12
Ghent 12
Cologne 12
Beardsley 12
Welcome 12
Mendota Heights 12
Porter 12
Clarks Grove 12
Ulen 12
Buffalo Lake 12
Brewster 12
Eagle Lake 12
Clara City 12
Alden 11
Hollandale 10
Mayer 10
Fisher 10
Goodhue 10
Stephen 10
Verndale 9
Greenbush 9
Darwin 8
Longville 8
Waldorf 8
Pennock 8
Wolverton 8
Holloway 8
Lakefield 8
Gilman 8
Wykoff 8
Elysian 8
Hoffman 8
Lake Lillian 8
Hanska 8
Glenville 8
New Germany 8
Clarkfield 8
Carlos 8
Hancock 8
Bricelyn 8
Hendricks 8
Wheaton 8
Cyrus 8
Henning 8
Goodridge 8
Canton 8
Leroy 8
Lyle 8
Audubon 8
Ashby 8
Northrup 8
Cook 8
Rushmore 8
Ostrander 8
Lake Bronson 8
Cleveland 8
Bejou 6
Milan 6
Lowry 4
Badger 4

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

Federally Assisted Affordable Rental Housing

According to our affordable housing data, Minnesota has a total of 1,706 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 74,261 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