Featured trends

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

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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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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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Median household income in the Twin Cities 16-county region continues to slowly increase, and now stands at $69,100. This still remains more than $8,000 less than in 1999. The newest data also show gaps remain throughout the state depending on where you live, your gender and your race and ethnicity.

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Earning a high school diploma: Lower-income students fare worse

For the past several years, the proportion of Minnesota students graduating on time has been on the rise. But, lower-income students consistently fare worse. In 2015, 90% of higher-income students graduated on time, while just 67% percent of lower-income students received their diplomas on time.

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Volunteerism slips, but still ranks near the top

While Minnesota’s overall volunteer rate (age 16+) has fallen over the past decade, we still rank high -- #4 in the nation. About 1 in 3 white adults,1 in 4 black adults, and 1 in 5 Asian adults volunteer. The venue with the largest amount of volunteers’ hours? Religious organizations

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poverty rates by race
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1 in 4 people of color in Minnesota lives in poverty

More than 250,000 people of color –1 in 4 – lives in poverty in our state. That is more than 3X the rate of white Minnesotans in poverty. Poverty rates are especially high among certain groups including African Americans (38%), American Indians (32%), and Hispanics (23%).

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Nearly 3 in 10 Minnesota households pay too much for housing

Almost 600,000 Minnesota households are cost-burdened, or pay 30% or more of their income for housing. Mirroring the nation, the share of households paying too much for housing has decreased in recent years after rising sharply in the 2000s. Homeowners are much less likely than renters to be cost-burdened. 

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insurance rates
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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 2014. In Minnesota, 314,000 (6.7%) residents under age 65 lacked health insurance in 2014, down from 436,000 (9.3%) in 2013. Nationally, the rate dropped over 3 percentage points.

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change in rates of people of color in Minnesota
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Populations of color drive growth in Minnesota

New population estimates show every region of our state is becoming more diverse. Notably:

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Minnesota population of color surpasses 1 million

Just released census data show Minnesota's population of color crossed the 1 million mark in 2014. Since 2010, Minnesota's population of color has increased 13 percent, outpacing the national rate of 9 percent. Nearly one in 5 residents is now a person of color.

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New data

Almost one in five people (19%) in Nobles County is foreign-born, the highest of any county in Minnesota.

The Twin Cities and the Central and Southern regions have a mix of African, Asian, and Latin American immigrants.

Worthington has the highest percentage of foreign-born residents of any Minnesota city.

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