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Minnesota Compass

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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We just released new and updated transportation key measures: Road condition, costs, access to jobs, and congestion. Looking for data on traffic accidents and death? Now find it under Public Safety.

job opp

Wilder Research seeks a web application developer. A significant portion of the work will be for mncompass.org, including data visualizations, data management tools, and API. Application deadline: 3-12-2015.

Event spotlight

Minnesota Compass Annual Meeting

Highlights of key trends and data unveiled at the Compass Annual Meeting held February 5.



compass points

Check out our just released Compass Points -- includes notable trends, key demographics, and a dashboard look at measures of progress for 13 topic areas.

Featured trend

older population vs school age in Minnesota
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Older adults soon to exceed school-age population

By 2020, Minnesota’s 65+ population is expected to exceed our state’s school-age population. Currently, at least 20 percent of residents are over age 65 in one-third of Minnesota’s counties.  By 2030, this should be true for every county in Minnesota.

View topic: Demographics


Paul Mattessich

The Atlantic joined a long list of media which, throughout the past few decades, have heralded Minnesota’s high quality of life. However, a careful, more detailed look at the data reveals what’s called the “Minnesota Paradox.” Wilder Research Executive Director and Compass Governance chair explains.

New data

Updated in February:

Total jobs in Minnesota declined 0.8% from November to Decmeber 2014.

Disability rates among older adults are lowest in the Twin Cities region, particularly the suburbs.

Disability rates are higher among Twin Cities seniors of color, particularly black and American Indian seniors.

Aitkin County has the highest overall disability rate in Minnesota (19%), while Carver, Scott, and Wright have the lowest (7%).

Similar to the rates for older adults, the Twin Cities region has the lowest share of people with a disability, while the Northland has the highest.

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