Featured trends

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

County older adult population growing
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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.
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County older adult population growing
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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
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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
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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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People without health insurance
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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 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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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.

View: Graduation rates

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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

View topic: Civic Engagement

New data

Our profile of older adults in Minnesota has been updated with new data on income, poverty, disability, obesity, diabetes, health care coverage, home ownership, housing cost burden, educational attainment, and employment.

Eleven percent of Minnesota residents have a disability. Prevalence of disability is nearly two to three times higher among older adults (65+) and residents below poverty.

Profiles of Minnesota's children and youth have been updated with new data on nativity, health insurance coverage, poverty, and family type.

Across the state's metro areas, GDP per capita is highest in the Minneapolis-Saint Paul metro area ($61,300) and lowest in the Duluth metro ($39,800).

Seventy-six percent of non-Hispanic white householders and 41 percent of householders of color own their homes, a gap of 35 percentage points. This gap has held steady for the last few decades and is substantially wider than the nationwide gap in homeownership by race.

Twenty-eight percent of Minnesota adults are obese, up from 26 percent in 2011. Minnesota is among 24 states that have seen an increase in prevalence of adult obesity over the last five years.

At 8 percent, Minnesota is home to one of the lowest share of adults with diagnosed diabetes. Only Colorado and Utah have statistically lower levels of diagnosed diabetes.

In Minnesota, 35 percent of all adults (25+) and 40 percent of young adults (25-34) have a bachelor's degree or higher. We rank 11th among states on both of these measures.

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