My husband use to sell houses in the summer, so he has always been a "watcher" of the local housing market.  It is interesting to see how many houses were built in the city or  what the average market value of a home.  The City of Duluth has compiled an even more extensive list of interesting data.  Keep this in mind if you're in the market for a home now.

The City of Duluth Community Development Division has completed the 2011 Duluth Housing Indicator Report, which is an ongoing process to track current and past housing marketing trends within the city. Utilizing numerous sources, this report also highlights factors such as income and poverty, housing stock, and labor statistics.

“This information allows us to track housing trends, which have been interesting for the past couple of years. The Community Development Committee uses this information to determine which projects to fund. In addition, private businesses, housing developers, property owners, and banking institutions use this information for their business planning. The information is helpful for private and public community decision makers.” says Keith Hamre, Community Development Manager.

Some highlights of the report are:

·      The average estimated market value of a single family housing unit remained stable from

$154,000 in 2010 to $154,300 in 2011.

·      The number of valid home sales dropped 16.5% from 642 sales in 2010 to 536 sales in


·      After a significant decrease in the average vacancy rate for rental properties in 2010 (to

3.4%), the rate stabilized raising to 3.6% in 2011.

·      The average rent in Duluth decreased from $714 in 2010 to $700 in 2011.

·      The average wait time for Public housing is between 12 and 24 months.

·      There were 41 new housing units built in Duluth in 2011.

·      Households making 50% or less of the area median income (less than $31,150 per year)

often put 30% or more of their income towards housing.

The data compiled for this report comes from the US Census, Wilder Foundation Survey, Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED), the Duluth Area Association of Realtors (DAAR), the Housing and Redevelopment Authority in Duluth, St. Louis County, and the City of Duluth.

The entire Housing Indicator Report with 2011 information will be posted on the City web site at

For more information, please go to the City of Duluth website or contact Keith Hamre with the Community Development office at (218) 730-5480.