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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

Minnesota Compass staff spent last fall traveling across the state and listening to learn how we can improve our data and tools for greater Minnesota. In this article, Compass researcher Ellen Wolter shares some of the issues on the minds of people across the state.

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Student proficiency on educational assessments remains flat

About 6 in 10 Minnesota students meet state standards in 3rd grade reading, 5th grade science, and 8th grade math. Trends in student achievement across all three measures of proficiency have been flat since 2013.  Large gaps by race and income persist, and the gap in 8th grade math proficiency by income has widened.
See more data on student proficiencies in math and reading.

Data Update

Since 2010, population has remained steady or grown in 60 of Minnesota's 87 counties. Scott and Carver Counties have seen the greatest population growth over the last seven years.

The share of residents without health insurance has declined in every Minnesota county and region since 2013. Today, uninsured rates range from 3 percent in Carver County to 10 percent in Nobles County.

Minnesota has experienced eight straight years of growth in economic output (GDP). The manufacturing industry is responsible for the largest share of Minnesota's economic output.

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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.

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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.

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