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Minnesota population of color surpasses 1 million

Just released census data show Minnesota's population of color crossed the 1 million mark in 2014. Since 2010, Minnesota's population of color has increased 13 percent, outpacing the national rate of 9 percent. Nearly one in 5 residents is now a person of color.

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New data

Updated in July:

In the Northwest region, two counties particularly stand out for large shares of Native American residents under age 20: Mahnomen County (56%) and Beltrami County (30%).

In the Southwest region, Watonwan and Nobles counties have a notable proportion of Hispanic kids and youth: 39 percent and 40 percent, respectively.

As of 2014, persons of color represent ten percent of Greater MN’s total population, compared to 19% for the state as a whole.

Statewide, 80 percent of children who received an early childhood screening were under the age of 5.

By industry, manufacturing contributes the greatest share to Minnesota’s overall economic output (14% of state GDP).


Greg Owen

Wilder Research completed its first study of homelessness in St. Paul in 1984. At that time, homelessness had become more prevalent due to recession, closing of psychiatric hospitals, demolition of inferior housing as part of federal urban renewal, and reductions in federal funding.

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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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