Funny you should mention that. My spouse has relatives in that area. Her dad was recently house shopping. The prices there are insane. I'm talkin' the same or higher than similar houses in the 1st and 2nd tier Twin Cities suburbs go for - which as you know being from the area, if you can afford that much for a house, you probably aren't poor.
Her dad can't afford that much for a house, so he had to buy a house 40 miles out of Aberdeen. Since you mentioned the area, you're probably familiar with it, so you know that if you don't live right in Aberdeen, you have to drive forever to get anywhere. There are lots of poor people in the area, and they all have cars because cars are a requirement.
To the people wondering why some of us are advocating for public transportation on a site dedicated to cars... Well, it's simple. Cars are expensive. Those of us who can afford them without financial strain are very fortunate. Those who cannot - it would be nice if there were an option whereby they didn't have to.
After all, if this were Horse Talk, no one would object if we told broke people that they shouldn't buy a horse. Horses are luxury items for those fortunate enough to be able to afford them, and it's a good thing they are because if horses were required in order to survive, it would put a lot of strain on people who didn't have the means.
I'd like to see cars move more toward that. They already have in the big cities - a great number of people in NYC do not own cars, even if they're well-off, because cars are simply not necessary and in fact are burdensome there.
But other cities, like mine, the Minneapolis area, it's very difficult to do everything you need to do if you don't have a car. Buses don't go where you need them to go - for example if I want to take a bus from my surburb to the next surburb over, I have to take a bus first into Minneapolis, about 15 miles away, and then transfer to another bus that goes the 15 miles back to the other city. A 30 mile trip for a net distance of 2 miles. That's stupid. I'd spend an inordinate amount of time sitting on a bus just to get to work, and the grocery. I need a car.
I'm lucky - I can afford it. But what about the people in Brooklyn Center, one of the poorest suburbs here? It'd be a great help for them to not have a car, but they have no choice, because public transit here is terrible (and the legislature is busy trying to cut routes by 40%, so it's not going to get better any time soon).