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older population vs school age in Minnesota
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Older adults soon to exceed school-age population

By 2020, Minnesota’s 65+ population is expected to exceed our state’s school-age population. Currently, at least 20 percent of residents are over age 65 in one-third of Minnesota’s counties.  By 2030, this should be true for every county in Minnesota.

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New data

Updated in January:

The foreign-born population in Minnnesota's central region has nearly doubled since 2000. It now numbers around 18,000, or 2.5% of residents.

The Twin Cities continues to lead the state's regions in share of residents who are immigrants (11%).

At 18%, Nobles has the highest share of immigrants among the state's counties.

The foreign-born population tends to be lower (less than 2%) in Minnesota's central counties: Wadena, Mille Lacs, and Pine, for example.


Susan Brower

The state demographer's office recently analyzed patterns of migration to better understand who is moving to Minnesota and who is moving away. State Demographer Susan Brower highlights some key findings, and gives her insight about what they mean. 


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