Counties with the most renters in Minnesota

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February 24, 2021
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Counties with the most renters in Minnesota

All cities are made up of a mix of homeowners and renters, with 58.6% of Americans owning their own homes and 30.4% rending in the fourth quarter of 2020, according to the American Census Bureau. In cities, there tend to be higher rates of renters due to high property values and influxes of young people who flock to urban areas after college to enter the workforce.

Stacker compiled a list of the counties with most renters in Minnesota using data from the U.S. Census Bureau. Counties are ranked by percent of housing units occupied by renters as of 2019 5-year estimates. Keep reading to see if your county made the list.

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#30. Goodhue County

- Housing units occupied by renters: 24.7%
- 2019 median gross rent: $862 (+22.3% change in rent since 2015)
--- #15 highest rent among counties in Minnesota, #731 among all counties nationwide
- Renters paying over 35% of household income: 35.7%
--- #31 most common among counties in Minnesota, #1,519 among all counties nationwide
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#29. Steele County

- Housing units occupied by renters: 24.8%
- 2019 median gross rent: $770 (+5.3% change in rent since 2015)
--- #26 highest rent among counties in Minnesota, #1,175 among all counties nationwide
- Renters paying over 35% of household income: 38.5%
--- #17 most common among counties in Minnesota, #1,055 among all counties nationwide
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#28. Mille Lacs County

- Housing units occupied by renters: 24.9%
- 2019 median gross rent: $756 (+3.0% change in rent since 2015)
--- #31 highest rent among counties in Minnesota, #1,270 among all counties nationwide
- Renters paying over 35% of household income: 34.8%
--- #39 most common among counties in Minnesota, #1,663 among all counties nationwide
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#27. Pipestone County

- Housing units occupied by renters: 25.1%
- 2019 median gross rent: $590 (+8.1% change in rent since 2015)
--- #80 highest rent among counties in Minnesota, #2,686 among all counties nationwide
- Renters paying over 35% of household income: 24.8%
--- #83 most common among counties in Minnesota, #2,760 among all counties nationwide
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#26. Douglas County

- Housing units occupied by renters: 25.7%
- 2019 median gross rent: $733 (+0.4% change in rent since 2015)
--- #36 highest rent among counties in Minnesota, #1,414 among all counties nationwide
- Renters paying over 35% of household income: 34.8%
--- #39 most common among counties in Minnesota, #1,663 among all counties nationwide
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#25. Dakota County

- Housing units occupied by renters: 26.0%
- 2019 median gross rent: $1,174 (+20.9% change in rent since 2015)
--- #2 highest rent among counties in Minnesota, #194 among all counties nationwide
- Renters paying over 35% of household income: 35.1%
--- #36 most common among counties in Minnesota, #1,616 among all counties nationwide
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#24. Kandiyohi County

- Housing units occupied by renters: 26.0%
- 2019 median gross rent: $776 (+16.5% change in rent since 2015)
--- #23 highest rent among counties in Minnesota, #1,136 among all counties nationwide
- Renters paying over 35% of household income: 36.9%
--- #21 most common among counties in Minnesota, #1,321 among all counties nationwide
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#23. Rice County

- Housing units occupied by renters: 26.0%
- 2019 median gross rent: $843 (+16.8% change in rent since 2015)
--- #16 highest rent among counties in Minnesota, #810 among all counties nationwide
- Renters paying over 35% of household income: 41.3%
--- #9 most common among counties in Minnesota, #681 among all counties nationwide
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#22. Nicollet County

- Housing units occupied by renters: 26.1%
- 2019 median gross rent: $837 (+10.6% change in rent since 2015)
--- #17 highest rent among counties in Minnesota, #829 among all counties nationwide
- Renters paying over 35% of household income: 34.6%
--- #41 most common among counties in Minnesota, #1,691 among all counties nationwide
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#21. Martin County

- Housing units occupied by renters: 26.2%
- 2019 median gross rent: $620 (+1.1% change in rent since 2015)
--- #72 highest rent among counties in Minnesota, #2,472 among all counties nationwide
- Renters paying over 35% of household income: 28.2%
--- #69 most common among counties in Minnesota, #2,487 among all counties nationwide
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#20. Mower County

- Housing units occupied by renters: 27.0%
- 2019 median gross rent: $716 (+2.7% change in rent since 2015)
--- #42 highest rent among counties in Minnesota, #1,563 among all counties nationwide
- Renters paying over 35% of household income: 34.5%
--- #42 most common among counties in Minnesota, #1,703 among all counties nationwide
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#19. Big Stone County

- Housing units occupied by renters: 27.1%
- 2019 median gross rent: $606 (+19.3% change in rent since 2015)
--- #78 highest rent among counties in Minnesota, #2,592 among all counties nationwide
- Renters paying over 35% of household income: 29.6%
--- #65 most common among counties in Minnesota, #2,344 among all counties nationwide
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#18. Polk County

- Housing units occupied by renters: 27.1%
- 2019 median gross rent: $716 (+14.4% change in rent since 2015)
--- #42 highest rent among counties in Minnesota, #1,563 among all counties nationwide
- Renters paying over 35% of household income: 35.3%
--- #32 most common among counties in Minnesota, #1,577 among all counties nationwide
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#17. Pennington County

- Housing units occupied by renters: 27.2%
- 2019 median gross rent: $693 (+14.7% change in rent since 2015)
--- #48 highest rent among counties in Minnesota, #1,785 among all counties nationwide
- Renters paying over 35% of household income: 29.8%
--- #63 most common among counties in Minnesota, #2,330 among all counties nationwide
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#16. Olmsted County

- Housing units occupied by renters: 27.3%
- 2019 median gross rent: $968 (+17.0% change in rent since 2015)
--- #11 highest rent among counties in Minnesota, #466 among all counties nationwide
- Renters paying over 35% of household income: 36.2%
--- #27 most common among counties in Minnesota, #1,445 among all counties nationwide
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#15. St. Louis County

- Housing units occupied by renters: 28.7%
- 2019 median gross rent: $770 (+12.4% change in rent since 2015)
--- #26 highest rent among counties in Minnesota, #1,175 among all counties nationwide
- Renters paying over 35% of household income: 39.9%
--- #13 most common among counties in Minnesota, #864 among all counties nationwide
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#14. Nobles County

- Housing units occupied by renters: 29.3%
- 2019 median gross rent: $726 (+15.8% change in rent since 2015)
--- #38 highest rent among counties in Minnesota, #1,476 among all counties nationwide
- Renters paying over 35% of household income: 27.5%
--- #73 most common among counties in Minnesota, #2,551 among all counties nationwide
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#13. Winona County

- Housing units occupied by renters: 29.6%
- 2019 median gross rent: $696 (+14.5% change in rent since 2015)
--- #45 highest rent among counties in Minnesota, #1,741 among all counties nationwide
- Renters paying over 35% of household income: 38.0%
--- #18 most common among counties in Minnesota, #1,118 among all counties nationwide
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#12. Swift County

- Housing units occupied by renters: 29.7%
- 2019 median gross rent: $656 (+13.3% change in rent since 2015)
--- #63 highest rent among counties in Minnesota, #2,133 among all counties nationwide
- Renters paying over 35% of household income: 30.8%
--- #59 most common among counties in Minnesota, #2,220 among all counties nationwide
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#11. Stevens County

- Housing units occupied by renters: 31.5%
- 2019 median gross rent: $753 (+28.3% change in rent since 2015)
--- #33 highest rent among counties in Minnesota, #1,294 among all counties nationwide
- Renters paying over 35% of household income: 47.5%
--- #1 most common among counties in Minnesota, #191 among all counties nationwide
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#10. Lyon County

- Housing units occupied by renters: 31.6%
- 2019 median gross rent: $666 (+10.1% change in rent since 2015)
--- #59 highest rent among counties in Minnesota, #2,035 among all counties nationwide
- Renters paying over 35% of household income: 33.8%
--- #45 most common among counties in Minnesota, #1,803 among all counties nationwide
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#9. Stearns County

- Housing units occupied by renters: 31.9%
- 2019 median gross rent: $833 (+12.3% change in rent since 2015)
--- #18 highest rent among counties in Minnesota, #844 among all counties nationwide
- Renters paying over 35% of household income: 33.7%
--- #47 most common among counties in Minnesota, #1,817 among all counties nationwide
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#8. Mahnomen County

- Housing units occupied by renters: 32.0%
- 2019 median gross rent: $586 (+13.1% change in rent since 2015)
--- #82 highest rent among counties in Minnesota, #2,705 among all counties nationwide
- Renters paying over 35% of household income: 31.0%
--- #57 most common among counties in Minnesota, #2,191 among all counties nationwide
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#7. Clay County

- Housing units occupied by renters: 32.5%
- 2019 median gross rent: $865 (+19.6% change in rent since 2015)
--- #14 highest rent among counties in Minnesota, #725 among all counties nationwide
- Renters paying over 35% of household income: 44.3%
--- #3 most common among counties in Minnesota, #382 among all counties nationwide
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#6. Benton County

- Housing units occupied by renters: 32.6%
- 2019 median gross rent: $760 (+17.3% change in rent since 2015)
--- #30 highest rent among counties in Minnesota, #1,248 among all counties nationwide
- Renters paying over 35% of household income: 34.5%
--- #42 most common among counties in Minnesota, #1,703 among all counties nationwide
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#5. Beltrami County

- Housing units occupied by renters: 32.9%
- 2019 median gross rent: $765 (+15.2% change in rent since 2015)
--- #29 highest rent among counties in Minnesota, #1,217 among all counties nationwide
- Renters paying over 35% of household income: 44.6%
--- #2 most common among counties in Minnesota, #360 among all counties nationwide
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#4. Chippewa County

- Housing units occupied by renters: 33.3%
- 2019 median gross rent: $613 (-2.7% change in rent since 2015)
--- #76 highest rent among counties in Minnesota, #2,540 among all counties nationwide
- Renters paying over 35% of household income: 32.1%
--- #52 most common among counties in Minnesota, #2,055 among all counties nationwide
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#3. Hennepin County

- Housing units occupied by renters: 37.6%
- 2019 median gross rent: $1,135 (+19.3% change in rent since 2015)
--- #5 highest rent among counties in Minnesota, #233 among all counties nationwide
- Renters paying over 35% of household income: 36.1%
--- #28 most common among counties in Minnesota, #1,461 among all counties nationwide
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#2. Blue Earth County

- Housing units occupied by renters: 38.0%
- 2019 median gross rent: $883 (+21.5% change in rent since 2015)
--- #13 highest rent among counties in Minnesota, #667 among all counties nationwide
- Renters paying over 35% of household income: 40.4%
--- #10 most common among counties in Minnesota, #794 among all counties nationwide
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#1. Ramsey County

- Housing units occupied by renters: 40.6%
- 2019 median gross rent: $1,007 (+16.4% change in rent since 2015)
--- #8 highest rent among counties in Minnesota, #390 among all counties nationwide
- Renters paying over 35% of household income: 39.8%
--- #14 most common among counties in Minnesota, #880 among all counties nationwide

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