West Central Region

Located in: Minnesota
POPULATION2000MOST RECENT DATA
Total population210,059228,562 (2016)
Children and youth (0-17)52,43151,628 (2016)
Working-age residents (18-64)121,567132,519 (2016)
Older adults (65+)36,06144,415 (2016)
People of color10,94420,175 (2016)
Foreign-born residents3,5125,131 (+/- 519) (2011-2015)
People with one or more disabilitiesN/A27,025 (+/- 805) (2011-2015)
AGING
Adults age 65+ with a disabilityN/A31.5% (+/- 1.1%) (2011-2015)
Median household income in 2015 dollars, householder age 65+*$33,388$35,753 (2011-2015)
CHILDREN AND YOUTH
Students connected to a caring adultN/A61.7% (2016)
Students participating in enrichment activities (3X/week)N/A66.7% (2016)
CIVIC ENGAGEMENT
Voter turnout66.7%69.1% (2016)
EARLY CHILDHOOD
Children screened before age 5N/A80.9% (2015)
Low-weight births**4.4%4.9% (2015)
ECONOMY
Number of available jobs78,70787,858 (2015)
Median household income in 2015 dollars$52,500$56,302 (2015)
Poverty rate9.2%10.5% (2015)
EDUCATION
3rd graders proficient in readingN/A57.5% (2017)
8th graders proficient in mathN/A63.0% (2017)
Students graduating high school on timeN/A82.2% (2016)
HEALTH
Adults age 20+ who are obeseN/A30.1% (2013)
Adults age 20+ with diabetesN/A8.4% (2013)
Residents under age 65 who are uninsuredN/A5.1% (+/- 0.3%) (2015)
Psychiatric hospital admissions per 1,000 residents age 14+0.93.8 (2015)
HOUSING
Count of persons experiencing homelessnessN/A269 (2015)
Households paying 30% or more of income for housing*22.3%27.5% (+/- 0.9%) (2011-2015)
Homeownership rate77.4%75.8% (+/- 0.5%) (2011-2015)
Homeownership gap (white, of color)28.2%31.4% (+/- 17.0%) (2011-2015)
PUBLIC SAFETY
Serious crimes committed per 100,000 residents2,2071,522 (2016)
Traffic injuries and fatalities per 100,000 residents785501 (2015)
WORKFORCE
Proportion of adults age 16-64 working75.3%77.5% (+/- 0.5%) (2011-2015)
Adults age 25+ with a bachelor's degree or higher18.5%25.5% (+/- 0.6%) (2011-2015)
Graduation rate at 4-year institutions (in 6 years)N/A56.5% (2014)
Graduation plus transfer rate at 2-year institutions (in 3 years)N/A43.4% (2014)

Notes:

* The estimate of median household income among older adult-headed households comes from the 2000 decennial census, which asked about income during 1999. Elsewhere on the Compass site this estimate is reported as 1999 data, but it is listed here in the 2000 column for comparison purposes. Income data have been inflation-adjusted and are shown in most recent year dollars.

** Babies with a birth weight under 2,500 grams (5lbs, 8 oz) are considered to be low birth weight.

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