February 2016

Neighbors helping neighbors--everybody benefits

Southeast Como Improvement Association

This story is one of many examples showing how local organizations use data from the Minneapolis-Saint Paul neighborhood profiles to inspire action.

What were you aiming to do?

Minnesota Compass neighborhood data has been invaluable for my work as a community organizer. For example, we used the data in the work of the Southeast Como Improvement Association, which strives to maintain and enhance the physical, social and economic environment of the neighborhood. I found Compass described the observations we made of the Como neighborhood population but did not usually find in searches for census data.

Which information did you draw on?

Specifically in Southeast Como, we used the Compass data to understand more about the unusual bi-modal age distribution in our resident population. Nearly half of residents are age 18-24, compared to closer to 1 in 10 in Minneapolis as a whole.

We also picked up on the tremendously high annual turnover of new residents to the neighborhood.

What happened?

By understanding how divided in age the population of Southeast Como was, we were able to adapt programming and communications to fit both. For example, we developed inter-generational sustainability projects such at the MIMO (Move In/Move Out) Free Store, which both allowed older residents direct their surplus housewares to younger adults, and gave a low-cost option for new households to stock up.

The neighborhood association also developed a robust intern and college student volunteer program which significantly increased engagement of 20-year old residents in neighborhood volunteerism.

Submitted by Stephanie Hankerson, community organizer


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Our predefined neighborhood information was recently updated. Did you know?

  • The Cedar Riverside neighborhood has the largest share of workers in the health care and social assistance industry (29%)
  • The Payne-Phalen neighborhood is home to the highest number of residents of color: nearly 19,500, or 63% of the population
  • Household median income ranges from over $115,000 (Page) to $12,500 (Sumner- Glenwood)
  • Frogtown / Thomas-Dale has the highest share of households with residents under age 18 (33%); the share decreased from 42% in 2000
  • The Bryant neighborhood posts the longest commutes: 42 percent of residents (whose work is not home-based) travel 30 minutes or longer to work

Using our new custom tool:

  • Roughly 1 in 5 residents within a quarter-mile of the East Lake Street Corridor (running along Lake Street between Hiawatha Avenue and the Mississippi River) are 17 years or younger (18%)
  • In the half-mile stretch along Highway I-94 in Minneapolis' Camden and Near North communities, 19 percent of workers are in health care and social assistance. Eleven percent work in manufacturing
  • Around 90,500 people live within three miles of Minnesota's State Capitol in Saint Paul. Thirty-two percent can speak a language other than English
  • Median rent paid is $850 in the combined zip code areas of 55105 and 55116.
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