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Minnesota Compass

By tracking and analyzing trends in topics that affect our quality of life, Compass gives everyone in our state – policymakers, business and community leaders, and concerned individuals who live and work here – a common foundation to act on issues to improve our communities. More >

2019 Compass Points IS Here!

Compass Points 2019

Minnesota Compass has released Compass Points 2019 (PDF). Our annual indicator report includes data and analysis about notable trends, key demographics, and a dashboard that highlights how Minnesota is doing in key topic areas. The information is used by policymakers, business and community leaders, and others working to ensure the health and wellbeing of all Minnesota residents and communities.

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Minnesota population by select age groups

Minnesota’s older adult population poised to outnumber school-aged kids

We’ve almost reached the inflection point: Sometime over the next year, there will be more older Minnesotans (65+) than school-aged kids (5-17). Moreover, while our school-aged population is projected to remain largely level over the coming decades, the number of older adults will continue to grow.

See more data on population by age in Minnesota.

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Highlights from the 2019 Compass Annual Meeting

Nearly 200 attendees joined us earlier this month for the 2019 Minnesota Compass annual meeting: Putting Data Into Action. Attendees heard from Compass Project Director Allison Liuzzi, who presented on trends to guide action, and Minnesota Compass Research Scientist Ellen Wolter, who discussed how the Minnesota Compass Build Your Own data tool is helping meet the needs of greater Minnesota communities. Tawanna Black, Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Center for Economic Inclusion, delivered the keynote talk on data-driven strategies to close economic gaps in Minnesota and address racial disparities in the workforce.

See the presentations here.

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Racial Equity Resource Directory

View a statewide listing of racial equity programs and training providers serving faith communities, civic organizations, educational institutions, and anyone working to combat racism and increase cultural competence.