Quickly access key measure data from throughout the site that show differences based on race, income, gender, and/or place of residence, and find ideas to take effective action.

In Minnesota, we take pride in our belief that all people have opportunities to become successful.  We also know that our future as a state depends upon the strength and well-being of all who live here.

what's happening?

People of color (including a range of backgrounds, from indigenous to recent immigrants) make up the fastest-growing segment of our population. People of color are an increasingly large part of our workforce and our pool of future parents, caregivers, and leaders. Data also show that, overall, these members of our community are:

Young people living in Minnesota, from birth through early adulthood, particularly need to acquire skills to succeed in jobs essential to our economy. Reducing income and racial disparities in education is key to maintaining a strong workforce.

While the root causes of disparities lie in historical experiences of oppression and exclusion, many gaps illustrated by current data can be explained by insufficient income, unhealthy environments, and inadequate access to opportunities. We can address all of these.

Making connections

By highlighting disparities across important quality of life topics such as education and health care, we hope practitioners and policymakers will gain a broader understanding of the issues we face and use objective data to make sound decisions that will result in a higher quality of life and support opportunities for all Minnesotans to lead and succeed. Awareness of disparities and best practices in equity related to race, income, and gender in STEM will also aid in addressing challenges and understanding the assets of Minnesota's diverse communities.


Craig Helmstetter

Compass Project Director Craig Helmstetter dug into data on education, employment, health, and housing to help answer that question.Take a look at what he found.

Featured trend

adults working by race
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Racial gaps in employment among highest in nation

While the Twin Cities region ranks No. 1 among the 25 largest metro areas for the overall proportion of adults working, we have some of the worst disparities in the nation.

View dashboard of workforce measures compiled by Compass for the Itasca Project.

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