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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 >

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High participation in the labor force may not protect Minnesota from experiencing significant talent shortages over the next five years. What do the numbers say about how we can we chip away Minnesota’s workforce shortage?

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Minnesota high school students graduating on time, by race 2012 to 2017

High school graduation rates up, though gaps remain

Minnesota’s high school graduation rate has steadily marched upward, improving to 83 percent in 2017. Rates improved across all races and ethnicities, and that’s certainly good news. But disparities by race remain an acute problem for Minnesota.


See more data on high school graduation rates.

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.

Build your own profile - choose the data you want

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

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.

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Geographic profiles

Find data organized by geographic area. Get profiles for the state, Minnesota's 7 regions, 87 counties, cities with populations of 1000+, and select neighborhoods.


Minnesota Compass is holding a series of free workshops around the state to share what we learned in listening sessions, highlight current demographic trends, and demonstrate how you can use the Minnesota Compass Build Your Own data tool to access data for your city, county, school district, legislative district and more. Space is limited, so register soon!

Austin Wednesday, June 19, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. Register.


Did you miss our Build Your Own data tool workshop in your region? Want to learn more about how to use the Build Your Own data tool and see trends for your community? Join us for a webinar to see the presentation for your region.

Northeast Region: Wednesday, June 26, 11:30 a.m.-12:15 p.m. Register.
Northwest Region: Thursday, June 27, 11:30 a.m.-12:15 p.m. Register.
Southwest Region: Wednesday, July 10, 11:30 a.m.-12:15 p.m. Register.
West Central Region: Wednesday, July 17, 11:30 a.m.-12:15 p.m. Register.
Southern Region: Wednesday, July 24, 11:30 a.m.-12:15 p.m. Register.

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