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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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At 37.9, Minnesota's median age is 27th-highest in the U.S. It has ticked up one-tenth of a year each year from 2010 to 2015.

Among the 50 states, Minnesota continues to rank among the states with smaller shares of persons of color (38th). Nineteen percent of residents identify as people of color.

Minnesota has seen 17 percent growth in our population of color since 2010 – 11th highest among the 50 states. Nationally, the figure stands at 11 percent growth from 2010 to 2015.


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Immigration has greatly influenced the economic and cultural development of our state. But the backgrounds, circumstances, and experiences of Minnesota’s immigrants have changed considerably over time, and differ from the nation as a whole. Compass researcher Allison Liuzzi explains.

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Median household income in the Twin Cities 16-county region continues to slowly increase, and now stands at $69,100. This still remains more than $8,000 less than in 1999. The newest data also show gaps remain throughout the state depending on where you live, your gender and your race and ethnicity.

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