One of the biggest drawbacks to renting a place versus buying a place is the constant fear that what you're paying per month next year is going to be higher than what you're paying this year.

Across the country, the latest numbers show that there are very good reasons why renters share that anxiety.

According to the most recent figures from the U.S. Census Bureau Household Pulse Survey, rents just didn't go up a little across the United States, in some places it jumped considerably.

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In fact, says nearly one in eight tenants had their rent increase by at least $250 per month over the last year, including nearly one-third of renters in one state.

And while the national average is about 12 percent (11.8%) of renters who saw an increase of $250 or more, the numbers in Iowa and South Dakota are well below that.

In the Hawkeye State, 17,201 renters are paying $250 or more than last year, which is less than four percent of renters statewide.

South Dakota renters are also in the top ten of the smallest hikes, with 5,774 renters seeing a spike of $250 or more, That's just over five percent.

STATES WITH THE SMALLEST RENT HIKES (percentage of residents) 

  1. Missouri - 2.1%
  2. Wyoming - 2.2%
  3. West Virginia - 2.7%
  4. Oklahoma - 2.8%
  5. Kentucky - 3.1%
  6. Iowa - 3.6%
  7. Kansas - 4.2%
  8. Pennsylvania - 4.3%
  9. Wisconsin - 4.5%
  10. South Dakota - 5.1%

More than one out of four renters in Florida, Nevada, and Montana saw their rent increase by at least $250 between July 2021 and July 2022.

STATES WITH THE BIGGEST RENT HIKES (percentage of residents) 

  1. Florida - 30.2%
  2. Nevada - 27.8%
  3. Montana - 27.5%
  4. Washington - 17.5%
  5. Delaware - 16.7%
  6. Colorado - 16.2%
  7. Utah - 15.9%
  8. Arizona - 14.6%
  9. Tennessee - 14.4%
  10. Massachusetts - 14.2%

Inside Minnesota's Largest Candy Store

I had been to Minnesota's Largest Candy Store once before, but they did some pretty cool things since the last time I was there. They added a bunch of superheroes, Star Wars stuff, and a candy band.

According to their Facebook page, Jim's Apple Farm is actually how the now huge candy store got its start. It is located in Jordan, MN and you can't miss it. It is a huge yellow building.

Even though candy is mentioned in the name, they have a little bit of everything. They have fresh baked pies and cookies and fudge. We walked in and it smelled amazing!

They also have the largest selection of sodas! Then there is chocolate and taffy and gummies and chips and puzzles and games. So much stuff!

They even have a Zoltar machine like in the movie, Big. I had to check that out. He told me the only helping hand is at the end of my arm. Gee, thanks Zoltar.

There were even crickets and worms! Not gummy worms, but actual worms.
They also have candy from all over the world!

The store is seasonal, however. November is their last month of operation for the season.

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Minnesota known as the land of 10,000 lakes has one of the most unique old bridges still in use today. The Duluth Aerial Lift Bridge in Duluth Minnesota is what they call a span-drive configuration movable lift bridge.

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