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Air quality in Twin Cities climbs up

In 2001, 40% of days were rated “Good air quality days” in the St. Paul-Minneapolis greater metropolitan area as measured by the Air Quality Index. Since then, the Index has climbed to 64% in 2013.  On the other hand, while greater Minnesota metropolitan areas rated higher than the Twin Cities a decade ago and still do today, progress has been mixed.

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New data

There were 53,800 more jobs in Minnesota in June 2014 than one year ago.

Minnesota ranks 7th among the 50 states for low traffic fatality rate.

Since 2010, Minnesota’s population of color has grown by nearly 10 percent, while the white population has grown by less than 1 percent.

Updated July 2014

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