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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 >

New & Noteworthy

The proposed Southwest Light Rail line (LRT) took a step closer to reality after the Federal Transit Administration approved a major source of funding for the project. The LRT has drawn a lot of speculation on its purported benefits. We take a look at some possible outcomes.

New & Noteworthy

New data: Indicators of Early Childhood Development in Minnesota

Results from the 2018 Minnesota Early Childhood Risk, Reach, and Resilience project are now available on Minnesota Compass! Explore county-level data on 12 economic, family stability, and health measures of risks to the well-being of young children, and coverage of 11 publicly-funded programs serving the early learning, health, and basic needs of young children to guide and inform resource allocation and policy.

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Individuals below the poverty level
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Adults with bachelor's degree now largest share of Minnesota's adults

Over the last decade, we've seen a flip in the share of adults with lower and higher levels of educational attainment. Minnesota's adults with a high school degree or less formed the largest share of our adult population until 2014. But starting in 2014, adults with a bachelor's degree or higher became the largest share of our adult population.

See more educational attainment data.

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2018 Compass Points

Compass Points 2018

Minnesota Compass has released Compass Points 2018 (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.

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.