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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Our state ranks 4th in the nation for the greatest share of residents who volunteer.
Among large metros, the Twin Cities metro area ranks 2nd for volunteerism.
One-third of Minnesota volunteers log most of their volunteer hours for religious organizations.
The most common activities among Minnesota volunteers are collecting/preparing/distributing food, and fundraising.
Of the state's 96 major cities, the cities with the highest and lowest proportions of adults working are in the Southern region: North Mankato (86%) and Faribault (65%).
Across Minnesota counties, between 18 and 36 percent of households pay one third or more of their income for housing.
Mahnomen has the state’s highest share of children under age 6 below the poverty level (45%) while Carver has the lowest (5%).
Among Minneapolis-Saint Paul residents of all ages, the rate of disability is lowest for Asian and Hispanic people.
Compass Project Director Craig Helmstetter uses a humanities-based framework developed by Thriving Cities, to look at the well-being of the greater Minneapolis and Saint Paul area.
Blue Cross and Blue Shield
of Minnesota Foundation
Otto Bremer Trust
Greater Twin Cities United Way
The Jay & Rose Phillips Family
Foundation of Minnesota
The McKnight Foundation
Community Leadership Fund
of The Minneapolis Foundation
Northwest Minnesota Initiative
The Saint Paul Foundation
Wells Fargo Foundation Minnesota
Amherst H. Wilder Foundation