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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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.