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By tracking and analyzing trends in topics 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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No change in median household income
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No change in median household income in most major cities

Most of Minnesota's major cities (10,000+ residents) saw no change in median household income between the 2007-2011 and 2012-2016 time periods, according to new five-year estimates from the American Community Survey. But 8 of 97 major cities in Minnesota saw median household income increase and seven major cities saw median household income decline.

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New data

Our profile of older adults in Minnesota has been updated with new data on income, poverty, disability, obesity, diabetes, health care coverage, home ownership, housing cost burden, educational attainment, and employment.

Eleven percent of Minnesota residents have a disability. Prevalence of disability is nearly two to three times higher among older adults (65+) and residents below poverty.

Profiles of Minnesota's children and youth have been updated with new data on nativity, health insurance coverage, poverty, and family type.

Across the state's metro areas, GDP per capita is highest in the Minneapolis-Saint Paul metro area ($61,300) and lowest in the Duluth metro ($39,800).

Seventy-six percent of non-Hispanic white householders and 41 percent of householders of color own their homes, a gap of 35 percentage points. This gap has held steady for the last few decades and is substantially wider than the nationwide gap in homeownership by race.

Twenty-eight percent of Minnesota adults are obese, up from 26 percent in 2011. Minnesota is among 24 states that have seen an increase in prevalence of adult obesity over the last five years.

At 8 percent, Minnesota is home to one of the lowest share of adults with diagnosed diabetes. Only Colorado and Utah have statistically lower levels of diagnosed diabetes.

In Minnesota, 35 percent of all adults (25+) and 40 percent of young adults (25-34) have a bachelor's degree or higher. We rank 11th among states on both of these measures.

Racial Equity Resource Directory

View a statewide listing of racial equity programs and training providers serving faith communities, civic organizations, educational institutions, and anyone working to combat racism and increase cultural competence.


Minnesota has a lot to be thankful for this November. Here are six trends identified by Minnesota Compass staff that highlight positive improvements affecting the lives of many Minnesotans in important ways.

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