Our researchers spotlight interesting trends as they update data on the site.
FEATURED TREND | May 31, 2018
Student proficiency on educational assessments remains flat
About 6 in 10 Minnesota students meet state standards in 3rd grade reading, 5th grade science, and 8th grade math. Trends in student achievement across all three measures of proficiency have been flat since 2013. Large gaps by race and income persist, and the gap in 8th grade math proficiency by income has widened.
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FEATURED TREND | August 16, 2017
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.
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FEATURED TREND | June 5, 2017
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.
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FEATURED TREND |Feb. 20, 2017
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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