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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 >


Get an in-depth look at-a-glance of counties, school districts, and cities in northeastern Minnesota served by IRRRB. Find the most recent information on residents, housing, education, housing, transportation, and more. The IRRRB promotes and invests in business, community, and workforce development.


Compass Points

Get highlights of key trends and data unveiled at the Compass Annual Meeting held February 11. Download our annual Compass Points dashboard.



Minneapolis-Saint Paul neighborhood profiles gallery

Arts for youth, a fact sheet for policy-makers, and a bread oven: Find these and other stories about how data users are having an impact.

New data

More than 40 profiles for the IRRRB (Iron Range Resource and Rehabilitation Board) service area, including 15 profiles new to the site.

  • 59 percent of residents in the service area are working age (18-64).
  • Median household income in Cook County is $49,000.
  • In Virgina school district, 41% of households are a householder living alone.
  • Among residents of the town of Crosslake, 2 in 3 have some college, an associate's degree, or higher.

Updated data profiles for Minnesota's 352 towns and cities with population of 1,000+.


Civic engeegement icon

Check out our newly revised and updated Civic Engagement section.


Allison Liuzzi

Compass researcher Allison Liuzzi takes a look at new and updated data in our revised Civic Engagement section and shares her insights.

Featured trend

volunteer trend map

Volunteerism slips, but still ranks near the top

While Minnesota’s overall volunteer rate (age 16+) has fallen over the past decade, we still rank high -- #4 in the nation. About 1 in 3 white adults,1 in 4 black adults, and 1 in 5 Asian adults volunteer. The venue with the largest amount of volunteers’ hours? Religious organizations

View topic: Civic Engagement

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