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By tracking and analyzing trends in topics 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 >


Compass Points 2017

Includes notable trends, key demographics, and a dashboard look at how our state fares in key topic areas.

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Minnesota's poverty rate stands at just under 10 percent, the lowest poverty rate we've seen since before the Great Recession.

Median household income stands at $65,600 in Minnesota, up $1,300 from a year ago and on par with median household income before the Great Recession.

Twenty-six percent of Minnesota households are housing cost-burdened, paying 30 percent or more of their income for housing. The share of Minnesota households paying too much for housing has been trending downward since 2009.

Eight percent of Minnesota's residents are foreign-born, compared to 14 percent nationally.

Seventy-eight percent of adults in Minnesota are working, equivalent to pre-recession levels. Only neighboring North Dakota has a higher proportion of adults working.

Minnesota's serious crime rate was 2,363 crimes committed per 100,000 residents in 2016, representing a fourth consecutive year of decline in the serious crime rate.

There are 1.3 million children and youth (age 0-17) living in Minnesota, or 23 percent of the state's population.

Residents of color compose 19 percent of Minnesota's total population, up from 12 percent in 2000.

Fifty-eight percent of 8th graders were proficient in math in 2017. The trend in 8th grade math proficiency has been flat since 2013.

Fifty-seven percent of Minnesota's 3rd graders were proficient in reading in 2017, marking five years of relatively flat results on this measure.

Racial Equity Resource Directory

View a statewide listing of racial equity programs and training providers serving faith communities, civic organizations, educational institutions, and anyone working to combat racism and increase cultural competence.


Minnesota Compass staff have been on the road across Minnesota to hear from communities about the information and tools they need to better understand the opportunities and challenges facing their regions.

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