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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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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.

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New data

Updated in December:

Chisago, Ramsey, and Kanabec counties have Minnesota's highest share of households paying too much for housing (36%).

Northwest Minnesota and the Northland post the lowest share of adults working across Minnesota's regions.

Less than half of housing units in Minneapolis (48%) and Saint Paul (49%) are owned by the resident(s). More than 9 in 10 own their home in Andover and Lino Lakes.


Craig Helmstetter

As we approach year’s end, I have been taking stock of some of the most important trends facing our state; reflecting on the “key measures” we have developed with input from literally hundreds of advisors who have helped us shape Minnesota Compass. As I did so, five good news/bad news stories emerged from my own look at the data. Here is my list.


We've compiled the 5 most popular Topics, Articles, Key Measures, and Library Reports on our website in 2014.

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