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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 >

New data

Statewide testing results for 3rd grade reading, 5th grade science, and 8th grade math show proficiency rates remained relatively flat in 2016.

Gaps by race and income remained stable for all three test-based measures.

The number of youth under age 18 has remained flat in Minnesota for the past 15 years.

Minnesota’s youth population statewide is becoming steadily more diverse.


Minneapolis-Saint Paul neighborhood profiles gallery

Arts for youth, a fact sheet for policy-makers, and a bread oven: Find these and other stories about how data users are having an impact. Then share your own.


Craig Helmstetter

Compass Project Director Craig Helmstetter dug into data on education, employment, health, and housing to help answer that question.Take a look at what he found.

Featured trend

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Every region of the state is seeing growth in their populations of color. In fact, 4 of the 7 regions would have seen declines in population without the increase in residents of color- Northland, Northwest, Southern and Southwest.

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