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By tracking and analyzing trends in areas that affect our quality of life, Compass gives everyone in our state – policymakers, business and community leaders, and concerned individuals who live and work here – a common foundation to act on issues to improve our communities. More >

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change in rates of people of color in Minnesota
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Populations of color drive growth in Minnesota

New population estimates show every region of our state is becoming more diverse. Notably:

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New data

Updated in September:

2014 marked Minnesota's fourth year of consecutive job growth since 2010. Minnesota is now home to just over 2.8 million jobs.

All of the nation's 25 largest metropolitan areas saw job growth between 2013 and 2014. Minneapolis-Saint Paul ranked 17th on annual job growth, just after San Diego and New York.

June 2015 marked five months of positive job growth in Minnesota.

Fifty-nine percent of Minnesota's fifth grade students met or exceeded state science standards in 2015, representing a two percentage point decline since 2014.

2015 shows a decline in science profiency across every subgroup of fifth grade students tracked on Minnesota Compass. There are large differences in proficiency by race, ethnicity and income. (From the main graph, hover over "Breakdown" on the gray bar and choose a subgroup.)


Ellen Mai

The newly released Central Corridor Tracker and Big Picture Project reports measure the impact of light rail on neighborhoods along University Avenue between downtown Minneapolis and downtown Saint Paul.

Compass researcher Ellen Mai, who managed the data analysis for the projects, reflects on the latest outcomes and shares key takeaways.

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What is the right question to help resolve the debate about universal preschool? Dr. Richard Chase, senior research manager at Wilder Research, weighs in. Dr. Chase is the author of a new policy brief, Championing Early Childhood Policies that Prevent Social, Economic, and Educational Inequities.

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