Trends overview

Minnesota is undergoing major demographic shifts including an aging and more diverse population. What does it mean for the future of our state?

Cradle to career success

Buidling a pathway to success begins early, and must provide opportunities for all children. In Minnesota, there are large racial and income gaps along the cradle-to-career continuum. Given the increase in Minnesota's diversity among our youngest residents, these disparities will grow unless we address them now.

While it is encouraging to see the upward trend among students of color in the graduation measure, much work remains.

Read more about collaborations addressing gaps

Addressing 3 "social determinents" of education
R.T. Rybak, Generation Next

Tackling the gap with Generation Next
Paul Mattessich, Wilder Research

Ignite learning for all kids through afterschool activities
Kari Denissen-Cunnien, Ignite Afterschool

How CTEP is supporting the next generation of STEM stars
Lisa de la Cueva, Community Technology Empowerment Project

Strong, vibrant economy and workforce

Like much of the country, Minnesota is experiencing mixed results as it emerges from the economic downturn. How well are we building a climate for competitive business opportunities and a prepared workforce to strengthen our economic vitality around the state?

Read more about building a strong workforce and economy

Promoting a talented, diverse workforce
Michael Langley, GREATER MSP

Hiring difficulties: Skills gap or more complex?
Steve Hine, DEED

Building a Pipeline of Talent
Marilee Grant, Boston Scientific

Healthy Communities

Overall, we have active residents who feel that their work can have an impact, as part of a larger community that can work together for common goals. But are we engaging diverse groups and creating opportunities for everyone?

Read more about creating healthy communities

Measuring community-level change: 5 post-rail highlights
Ellen Mai, Wilder Research, Minnesota Compass project

Starting a fire, to improve health
Paul Mattessich, Wilder Research

The case for place: An interview with Max Musicant
Max Musicant, THe Musicant Group


Compass Points 2017

Includes notable trends, key demographics, and a dashboard look at how our state fares in key topic areas.

Featured trend

County older adult population growing
aging trend

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 Compass staff have been on the road across Minnesota to hear from communities about the information and tools they need to better understand the opportunities and challenges facing their regions.

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