Providing the data you need to shape Minnesota's future


COVID-19's impact on Minnesota

A quarter of frontline jobs are held by persons of color

In the Twin Cities 7-county metro area, communities of color are more likely to work in frontline jobs overall—25% of frontline workers are of color compared with 23% of workers across all industries—and are more at risk for contracting COVID-19.
25 %

5 percent of Minnesotans lack health insurance

However, pockets across greater Minnesota have much higher shares of residents without health insurance. In 15 greater Minnesota counties, 7% or more of residents are uninsured. Those who are uninsured are more likely to delay care.
5 %

Net job loss between 2019 and 2020

We lost more jobs, more quickly, during the first year of the pandemic than during the Great Recession. Between 2019 and 2020, Minnesota saw a net loss of 207,000 jobs. Between 2007 and 2010, Minnesota saw a net loss of 131,000 jobs.


Who's using Minnesota Compass?

Data help
discern county needs to determine if programs meet these needs

"We use data in many different ways. To understand the true needs of our county, data are important. When organizations apply to us, we need data to help us discern if the need they are working on is real. The data also show us what issues provide us with an opportunity."

Melissa Mulder
executive director

Wright County United Way's Story

Data help
help inform strategic plan

"We've relied on Minnesota Compass data to inform our work and strategic plan. The information we most commonly use includes racial demographics, disparities in income levels, availability of jobs, and median income levels."

Elisa Pluhar
chief development and communications officer

Neighborhood Development Center (NDC) 's Story

Data help
promote community through quality of life indicators

"We really wanted to quantify the things that made us stand out, and also where to grow. So we created a snapshot of indicators that, over time, we’ll be able to see progress, change, and where we are gaining—and losing—ground."

Michelle Landsverk
Director, Advance Thief River

Advance Thief River's Story