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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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change in rates of people of color in Minnesota
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Populations of color drive growth in Minnesota

New population estimates show every region of our state is becoming more diverse. Notably:

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New data

Updated in August:

In 2015, 59 percent of Minnesota's third grade students met or exceeded the state's reading standards, up from 57 percent in 2013.

New Prague Area, Minnetonka, and Ellsworth school districts were in the top ten for share of students reaching math standards in 2015.

People under age 18 continue to make up nearly a quarter of Minnesota's population.

The share of Minnesota's population under age 20 ranges from 18 percent to 33 percent by county.

As of 2014, persons of color represent ten percent of Greater MN’s total population, compared to 19% for the state as a whole.

Statewide, 80 percent of children who received an early childhood screening were under the age of 5.

By industry, manufacturing contributes the greatest share to Minnesota’s overall economic output (14% of state GDP).


Ellen Mai

The newly released Central Corridor Tracker and Big Picture Project reports measure the impact of light rail on neighborhoods along University Avenue between downtown Minneapolis and downtown Saint Paul.

Compass researcher Ellen Mai, who managed the data analysis for the projects, reflects on the latest outcomes and shares key takeaways.

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What is the right question to help resolve the debate about universal preschool? Dr. Richard Chase, senior research manager at Wilder Research, weighs in. Dr. Chase is the author of a new policy brief, Championing Early Childhood Policies that Prevent Social, Economic, and Educational Inequities.

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