Overview

Home to 5.5 million people, Minnesota is undergoing major shifts.

Demographic trends


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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.

Featured trend

County older adult population growing
aging trend

County older adult population growing

Today, at least one in five residents is an older adult in 39 of Minnesota's 87 counties. It will be 59 counties by 2020 and 80 counties by 2030, according to projections. Counties in the Twin Cities 7-county region are expected to stay below the 20-percent-older-adults mark for the next few decades.

View topic: Aging.

Insights

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.

Minnesota Compass

Minnesota Compass
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