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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 >

New & Noteworthy

"Data disaggregation" just means splitting large, general categories into more specific groups. In this article, Nicole MartinRogers, Wilder Research, discusses how to appropriately and meaningfully disaggregate data to support informed decisions.

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.

Featured trend

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Housing cost burden persists for renter households

Currently at 26 percent, the share of Minnesota households paying 30 percent or more of their income for housing has been trending downward in recent years. But looking more closely, only owner households have seen a decline in housing cost burden. The share of renter households paying too much for housing has remained steady since 2007.

See more data on cost-burdened households.


Data Update

Across Minnesota's counties, poverty rates are highest – above 15 percent – in Beltrami, Mahnomen, Clearwater, and Cass.

By county, median household income ranges from $94,100 in Carver County to $41,000 in Wadena County. Median income is $115,400 in Chanhassen, the highest of any major city in the state.

One in five residents of Nobles County is foreign-born, the highest proportion of any county in the state. Nearly one-third of residents in Worthington – a city in Nobles County – are foreign-born, the highest proportion of any major city in the state.

Minnesota and the Twin Cities metro area remain home to some of the largest racial gaps in employment in the nation.

Dot Org Awards 2018 recipient

MN Compass is receiving a Dot.Org Award for our build, draw and compare custom data tool! The tool makes it easy to select and view data to identify, understand, and act on issues affecting communities.

2018 Compass Points

Compass Points 2018

Minnesota Compass has released Compass Points 2018 (PDF).
Our annual indicator report includes data and analysis about notable trends, key demographics, and a dashboard that highlights how Minnesota is doing in key topic areas. The information is used by policymakers, business and community leaders, and others working to ensure the health and wellbeing of all Minnesota residents and communities.

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Find data organized by geographic area. Get profiles for the state, Minnesota's 7 regions, 87 counties, cities with populations of 1000+, and select neighborhoods.

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