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Census 2000 fact sheet: Three-fourths of Minnesotans own their homes

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Description: Summarizes housing and home ownership trends in 2000 Census
Date: May 1, 2001
Subject(s): Demography; Housing
Publisher: Minnesota Department of Administration



More Minnesotans than ever own their homes. According to the 2000 Census, only one out of four occupied housing units in Minnesota is rented, while 74.6 percent of housing is occupied by the owner of the property. The percentage of housing that is owner-occupied increased from 71.8 percent in 1990 and 71.7 percent in 1980.

Rates of home ownership are eight points higher in Minnesota than the nation. Minnesota has traditionally ranked first or second among all states in home ownership, but the 2000 ranking is not yet known.

In 49 counties, home ownership rates exceed 80 percent. Only 12 counties have home ownership rates below the state average. Eight of these are counties with colleges Stearns, Winona, Blue Earth, Lyon, Stevens, Clay, Beltrami and Polk. In addition, Hennepin, Ramsey, Benton and Pennington counties have below average rates of home ownership. Home ownership rates in the central cities of

Minneapolis and St. Paul were 51.4 and 54.8 percent, respectively. Low rates in these cities depressed rates in Hennepin and Ramsey counties the only counties below the national average.

Seasonal housing is concentrated in the northern parts of the state. In threecounties Aitkin, Cook and Itasca more than 40 percent of housing is seasonal. In six other counties, the percentage is greater than 25 percent. Seasonal housing makes up about 5 percent of all housing in Minnesota.

Vacancy rates in all housing were very low in the 1990s. According to the 2000 Census, about 3.2 percent of all housing units (excluding seasonal units) are vacant in Minnesota. Only six counties have vacancy rates greater than 10 percent. Counties with the lowest vacancy rates are in the corridor between St. Cloud and Rochester. The highest vacancy rates are in the western part of the state. Vacancy rates in the central cities are 3.2 percent in Minneapolis and 2.8 percent in St. Paul.

The average number of persons living in each housing unit decreased slightly between 1990 and 2000. In Minnesota, the average size of household is 2.52, down from 2.58 in 1990. Household size declined in every county except Nobles.

Owner-occupied households tended to be larger than households of renters 2.69 vs. 2.03. The size of owner-occupied households declined in every county, but the size of renter-occupied households increased in eight counties.

The State Demographic Center is located at Minnesota Planning, a state agency that develops long-range plans for the state, stimulates public participation in Minnesota's future and coordinates activities among all levels of government.

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