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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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New maps provide easy comparisons of key information
Did you know that the median household income of Minneapolis' neighboring North Loop and Near North neighborhoods differ by about $70,000? Or that almost one-third of people living in Saint Paul's Thomas-Dale (Frogtown) neighborhood were born in another country, compared with only 7 percent right next door in the Como neighborhood? Find the most recent facts about residents, housing, and jobs in your neighborhood.

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Student test scores tick up slightly

About 60 percent of Minnesota students are proficient in three Compass education measures: 3rd grade reading, 5th grade science and 8th grade math, with all measures showing a slight tick up over last year. Generally, the uptick is shared across racial and ethnic groups, but still, the racial achievement gap remains wide.

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Northwest, southwest, and west central Minnesota counties have the highest share of children screened before age 5.

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.

Updated August 2014


Betsy Leach

Learn how Betsy Leach, executive director of the District 1 Community Council in Saint Paul, uses neighborhood profiles to dispel misconceptions and advocate for resources.

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Erik Torch, Director of Grantmaking, Northland Foundation and Nate Dorr, Program Officer, Northwest Minnesota Foundation, share their thoughts on how new city profiles and other Compass data can help drive decision making in their communities.

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