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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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We just released new and updated transportation key measures: Road condition, costs, access to jobs, and congestion. Looking for data on traffic accidents and death? Now find it under Public Safety.

Featured trend

adults working by race
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Racial gaps in employment among highest in nation

While the Twin Cities region ranks No. 1 among the 25 largest metro areas for the overall proportion of adults working, we have some of the worst disparities in the nation.

View dashboard of workforce measures compiled by Compass for the Itasca Project.


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Generation Next aims to close opportunity and achievement gaps for students of color in Minneapolis and St. Paul. Minnesota Compass compiled indicators for the project which show some of the largest racial gaps in the state.

Compass Project Director Craig Helmstetter sat down with Generation Next Executive Director R.T. Rybak to take a look at three factors that add to the complexity of closing racial gaps, and discuss the implications for Generation Next. 

New data

Updated in April:

Compared with other states, Minnesota's graduation rate falls near the middle of the pack overall and for white (non-Hispanic) students.

The upward trend in Minnesota's high school graduation rate includes all broad racial and ethnic groups.

New Generation Next data:

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