Goal: Our state will foster a climate of inclusion that encourages active participation from everyone living in our community.

We all gain when everyone participates in society – by running for office, voting, donating to charities, volunteering, and helping our neighbors. Our region has a rich history of strong civic engagement. But our rapidly changing cultural, business and demographic landscape brings new challenges. How well we meet the demands of an evolving Minnesota will determine our citizen participation in the next century.

What's happening

But a deeper looks shows we are not doing as well at meeting our goal of active participation among all Minnesotans.

Making connections

A strong economy and business climate provides resources for community involvement and fosters employee participation in their communities. Civic participation can result in changes to Minnesota education, immigration policy, transportation, and more. Building social connections with your neighbors and increasing community involvement can be a path to reducing health inequities.


About 70% of Minnesota's population age 18 and older voted in our recent presidential election, with percentages ranging from 55% to 78% among our 87 counties. What county had the highest percentage of voters?
a) Cook
b) Owatonna
c) Stearns
d) Washington


Allison Liuzzi

Compass researcher Allison Liuzzi takes a look at new and updated data in our revised Civic Engagement section and shares her insights.

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