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Overview

Minnesota is undergoing major demographic changes. These include a rapidly growing older adult population and increasing racial and ethnic diversity, especially among our state's youngest.

Demographic trends

Making connections

Asking questions about age, race, and disability provide further insights to guide our understanding of who we are and who we will be in the future. When we know who lives in our state, we can better understand what services will be needed, what our jobs prospects and economic outlook may look like. We can get a sense for which actions may be called for in education, health or housing. Demographic change influences and is influenced by trends in immigration, aging, and children and youth. Knowing the "who" and "where" of Minnesota residents is an essential foundation for a solid understanding of our state.

Quiz

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Minneapolis-St. Paul is one of the nation's 25 largest metropolitan areas by population size. Where does MSP rank?
a) 9th, with 5.9 million residents
b) 11th, with 4.7 million residents
c) 16th, with 3.6 million residents
d) 19th, with 2.9 million residents

Featured trend

County older adult population growing
aging trend

Minnesotans with one or more disabilities

October is National Disability Employment Awareness Month. There are nearly 600,000 Minnesotans with at least one disability, an increase of 100,000 residents with disabilities since 2008. About half of that net increase is due to growth in the number of working-age adults (18-64) with disabilities.

View more about Minnesotans with disabilities, and those age 65 and above with disabilities.

New & Noteworthy

Craig Helmstetter

Compass Project Director Craig Helmstetter uses a humanities-based framework developed by Thriving Cities, to look at the well-being of the greater Minneapolis and Saint Paul area.

Additional data sources

Much of the data in this section are compiled from the Census Bureau's intercensal estimates. Get links to other credible sources.