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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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Eight percent of Minnesotans are foreign-born, an increase compared to 2014.

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.


Minnesota's school-age youth make up a large portion of our state's residents – almost 1 million people. Put another way – we’d need a fleet of nearly 13,000 school buses to get all those kids off to school at once. Here are a few things to know about youth across the state.

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Our state’s serious crime rate has steadily declined over the past two decades, and remains below the U.S. rate. Serious crimes include both violent and property crimes, and violent crime remains a small portion of all reported serious crime.

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Find data organized by geographic area. Get profiles for the state, Minnesota's 7 regions, 87 counties, and cities with populations of 1000+. View profiles

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The City of Rochester/Olmsted County Compass Points 2016 dashboard provides an at-a-glance look at key measures in 13 topic areas to promote a strong economy and workforce, and healthy communities throughout Olmsted County.

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