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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

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New data on Geo Profiles!

We’ve updated data on all of our geographic profiles and the Build Your Own Data Tool! Explore the data for Minneapolis-Saint Paul and Duluth neighborhoods, IRRR service area, counties, cities, school districts, and more.

10 Years since the Recession

In the decade since the official end of the Great Recession, how has our state fared economically? At a high level, our state continues to see progress on several economic measures. But it would be inaccurate to conclude that the progress our state has made has delivered for all.

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Minnesota counties where poverty declined

No change in poverty for most Minnesota counties

Most Minnesota counties saw no change in poverty between 2012 and 2017, but 11 counties saw statistically significant declines. Dig deeper in our poverty key measure, which has been updated through 2017 with the most recent data from the U.S. Census Bureau.

See more data on poverty in Minnesota.

Build your own profile - choose the data you want

Create a custom profile for your area of interest anywhere in Minnesota.

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.