Featured trends

Our researchers spotlight interesting trends as they update data on the site.

Housing
workforce trend

Housing cost burden persists for renter households

Currently at 26 percent, the share of Minnesota households paying 30 percent or more of their income for housing has been trending downward in recent years. But looking more closely, only owner households have seen a decline in housing cost burden. The share of renter households paying too much for housing has remained steady since 2007.

See more data on cost-burdened households.

 

Expected change in working-age population
workforce trend

Little or no growth expected in Minnesota's working-age population

Statewide, we expect no growth in our working-age population (age 18-64) over the next two decades. By region, the working-age population is only expected to grow in the Twin Cities. All other regions of the state expect to see declines through 2030.

See more population trends by age.

 

No change in median household income
aging trend

No change in median household income in most major cities

Most of Minnesota's major cities (10,000+ residents) saw no change in median household income between the 2007-2011 and 2012-2016 time periods, according to new five-year estimates from the American Community Survey. But 8 of 97 major cities in Minnesota saw median household income increase and seven major cities saw median household income decline.

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County older adult population growing
aging trend

Minnesotans with diabetes

November is National Diabetes Awareness Month. Eight percent of adults in Minnesota have diagnosed diabetes. Prevalence of diagnosed diabetes among Minnesota's adults is consistently lower than the national average, which stood at nearly 11 percent in 2016. Prevalence of diagnosed diabetes tends to decline among adults at higher household income levels.
View more about Minnesotans with diabetes.  

County older adult population growing
aging trend

Minnesotans with one or more disabilities

October is National Disability Employment Awareness Month. There are nearly 600,000 Minnesotans with at least one disability, an increase of 100,000 residents with disabilities since 2008. About half of that net increase is due to growth in the number of working-age adults (18-64) with disabilities.

View more about Minnesotans with disabilities, and those age 65 and above with disabilities.

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.

Minnesota High school students graduating on time
education trend

High school graduation rates rise

Over the past decade, the proportion of Minnesota students graduating from high school on time has increased by nearly 7 percentage points. Black and Hispanic students' on-time graduation rates have each increased by 24 percentage points in the past decade, from 41 percent in 2006 to 65 percent in 2016. Graduation rates continue to be lower for Minnesota students of color than white students.

View more high school graduation trends.

People without health insurance
health trend

Fewer people lack health insurance

Minnesota and the U.S. as a whole saw a substantial drop in the number and proportion of residents without health insurance between 2013 and 2015. In Minnesota, 242,798 (5.2%) residents under age 65 lacked health insurance in 2015, down from 436,000 (9.3%) in 2013. Nationally, the rate dropped nearly 6 percentage points.

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Public Safety Icon

Our state’s serious crime rate has steadily declined over the past two decades, and remains below the U.S. rate. Serious crimes include both violent and property crimes, and violent crime remains a small portion of all reported serious crime.

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Economy Icon

Every region of the state is seeing growth in their populations of color. In fact, 4 of the 7 regions would have seen declines in population without the increase in residents of color- Northland, Northwest, Southern and Southwest.

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Data Update

Across Minnesota's counties, poverty rates are highest – above 15 percent – in Beltrami, Mahnomen, Clearwater, and Cass.

By county, median household income ranges from $94,100 in Carver County to $41,000 in Wadena County. Median income is $115,400 in Chanhassen, the highest of any major city in the state.

One in five residents of Nobles County is foreign-born, the highest proportion of any county in the state. Nearly one-third of residents in Worthington – a city in Nobles County – are foreign-born, the highest proportion of any major city in the state.

Minnesota and the Twin Cities metro area remain home to some of the largest racial gaps in employment in the nation.

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