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Minnesota population of color surpasses 1 million

Just released census data show Minnesota's population of color crossed the 1 million mark in 2014. Since 2010, Minnesota's population of color has increased 13 percent, outpacing the national rate of 9 percent. Nearly one in 5 residents is now a person of color.

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New data

Updated in June:

Since 2010, our state has seen a mix of increases and decreases of population by age:

  • 2% decline in the size of the age 0-4 population
  • No change in the size of the age 5-17 population
  • 6% growth in the population age 18-64
  • 14% growth in the population age 65+

Minnesota is fast approaching a ratio of four working-age adults for every one older adult, down from five in 2010.

19% of Minnesota residents are people of color as of 2014, an increase from 17 percent in 2010 and 12 percent in 2000.

Minnesota has seen 13 percent growth in its population of color since 2010 compared to 9 percent in the U.S. Our growth rate is the tenth highest in the U.S.


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