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Making Ends Meet: How Many Minnesota Jobs Pay Enough to Meet Basic Needs?
North Star Policy Institute, February 2018, 34 pp.
This report examines jobs with wages sufficient to meet basic needs in each of Minnesota's thirteen economic development regions. The "typical famliy's basic needs hourly wage" is defined by the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development in the 2017 Minnesota Cost of Living Study. more info >
2020 Census Faces Challenges in Rural America
Carsey School of Public Policy, December 2017, 8 pp.
The 2020 Census will have ramifications for every person in the United States, and there are challenges that will make some rural areas and populations difficult to enumerate accurately. This brief identifies rural areas where special outreach and operations will be needed to get a complete and accurate count. It also addresses key Census-related issues that will be important for rural leaders to monitor between now and April 1, 2020. more info >
A Demographic and Economic Profile of Duluth, Minnesota, and Superior, Wisconsin
Carsey School of Public Policy, August 2017, 6 pp.
This brief present a demographic and economic profile of Duluth, MN, and Superior, WI, with a specific focus on families with children.In both cities, poverty among families with children has increased substantially in the last 15 years. In St. Louis County—home of Duluth—families with low incomes have experienced declines in their income over the past 40 years, while income has grown for more well-off families. more info >
Food Insecurity, Chronic Disease, and Health Among Working-Age Adults
United States Department of Agriculture, Economic Research Service, July 2017, 31 pp.
This report documents the strong correlation between food security status and chronic health conditions among working age adults living at or below 200 percent of the Federal poverty line. more info >
2016 Health Care Disparities Report for Minnesota Health Care Programs
Minnesota Community Measurement, March 2017, 231 pp.
Presents Minnesota statewide and medical group rates of performance on ten quality measures for patients in Minnesota Health Care Programs (MHCP). It also includes differences in rates of care provided by medical groups between patients insured through MHCP and those insured through other forms of health care insurance, such as commercial or Medicare-managed care. more info >
Itasca Project: Our Regional Competitiveness Depends on Broadening Opportunities for a More Diverse and Inclusive Workforce
Wilder Research, March 2017, 4 pp.
Discusses how the Minneapolis-Saint Paul region can benefit by building a more diverse workforce and presents a dashboard of Minneapolis-Saint Paul workforce indicators. more info >
2016 Health Equity of Care Report: Stratification of Health Care Performance Results in Minnesota by Race, Hispanic Ethnicity, Preferred Language and Country of Origin
MN Community Measurement, February 2017, 294 pp.
This report deepens understanding of health care disparities in Minnesota with results segmented by race and Hispanic ethnicity and comparable medical group reporting of seven quality measures. more info >
Behind the Curve: Racial and Ethnic Disparities in the Twin Cities
Metropolitan Council, September 2016, 9 pp.
Using data from the U.S. Census Bureau, this brief compares the 16-county Twin Cities metro to other large metros in the U.S., examining three key indicators--employment, poverty, and homeownership rates--by race and ethnicity, noting disparities across groups. more info >
Diving Deeper: Understanding the Twin Cities Region’s Racial and Ethnic Disparities
Metropolitan Council, April 2016, 18 pp.
This is a series of reports examining the role that a range of demographic differences play in outcomes for white residents and residents of color in the region. The findings showed that even when holding equal the factors of age, immigrant status and English skills, along with other factors such as educational attainment, significant disparities between white residents and residents of color remained. more info >
The Economic Status of Minnesotans: A Chartbook with Data for 17 Cultural Groups
Minnesota State Demographic Center, January 2016, 61 pp.
This chartbook provides a statistical portrait of the economic status of Minnesotans—including much data that has never been seen before—for the 17 largest cultural groups in Minnesota. These data result from responses by Minnesotans to the U.S. Census Bureau’s ongoing American Community Survey (ACS), the largest federal survey that produces insights into economic, social, housing, and demographic characteristics. more info >
Race for Results: Building a Path to Opportunity for All Children
The Annie E. Casey Foundation, October 2014, 52 pp.
Presents the Race for Results Index, a collection of data presented by racial and ethnic groups and by state. Indicators address early childhood, academic achievement, teen parenting, higher education, and family characteristics. more info >
The State of America's Children
Children's Defense Fund, January 2014
A compilation of national and state-by-state data on poverty, health, child welfare, youth at risk, early childhood development, education, nutrition and housing. Report is compiled annually. more info >
Burns Institute for Juvenile Justice Fairness & Equity
Presents data on disparities in the juvenile justice system. Data are available by state. more info >
Peer City Idenfication Tool
Peer cities are cities that are experiencing similar trends or challenges. Identifying a a peer city can give needed context to policymakers and practitioners. This tool is a data comparison and visualization instrument that draws on city-level indicators from the American Community Survey and historical Decennial Census records to identify groups of similar cities along economic, demographic, social, and housing dimensions. more info >