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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

Foreign-born people account for 90 percent of Minnesota’s population growth from 2014 to 2015.

At $63,500, median household income for Minnesotans is up almost $2,000 compared to 2014.

While median income increased overall, data are not conclusive about how much households headed by people of color shared in the gains.

Income for foreign-born residents remains about $3,000 lower than before the recession.

Ten percent of Minnesotans live in poverty, a drop from drop 12 percent in 2014.

Minnesota has one of the highest rates of workforce participation in the country.


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.

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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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