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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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Poverty rates decline for children age 0-4

Although poverty rates for our youngest children decreased in 2013 by about 2 percentage points, children age 0-4 have one of the highest poverty rates in Minnesota. A look at another breakdown shows poverty rates of young children are surpassed only by young adults age 18-24.

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New data

Updates in October include:

Median income among older adults has risen slightly statewide since the beginning of the recession, although it has remained flat in the Twin Cities.

Minnesota’s disability rate is the second lowest in the nation and the lowest in the nation for older adults.

Seven percent of Minnesota’s population is foreign born – a statistically significant increase since 2010.

About two-thirds of Minnesotans with a bachelor's degree or higher live in the Twin Cities.


Kari Dennissen-Cunnien

Ignite Afterschool's Kari  Denissen-Cunnien outlines how people and organizations across Minnesota are working to engage young people in the crucial learning opportunities that happen outside the school day.

Nancy Hartzler

In honor of Hispanic Heritage month, I dug into our Compass data and pulled out 5 trends I found interesting and hope you do too!

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