Our researchers spotlight interesting trends as they update data on the site.
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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FEATURED TREND | June 27, 2016
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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FEATURED TREND | MAY 1, 2016
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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Across Minnesota's counties, poverty rates are highest – above 15 percent – in Beltrami, Mahnomen, Clearwater, and Cass.
There are 27 counties in Minnesota where at least one in five young children (age 0-5) lives below poverty.
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.
Median household income among married couple families with children is $106,300. Statewide, this family type saw its median income increase by $4,000 in the last year alone and by more than $10,000 in the last 10 years.
Across major cities in Minnesota, the share of residents without health care coverage ranges from less than 2 percent in Waconia to 16 percent in Worthington.
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.
At least 8 in 10 adults are working in 24 counties in Minnesota.
Minnesota and the Twin Cities metro area remain home to some of the largest racial gaps in employment in the nation.