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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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Minnesota is home to 5.6 million people and growing. As we head into next year’s decennial census, Compass project director Allison Liuzzi takes a look at what’s fueling our state’s growth.

NEW & NOTEWORTHY

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Four Things to Know About Housing in Greater Minnesota

Greater Minnesota faces unique challenges that affect the quality and availability of housing. But just as different regions of Minnesota vary greatly by industry and demographics, housing markets across the state differ too. We explore this complexity in greater detail with our first-ever story map.

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Primary refugee arrivals in Minnesota
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Age trends are transforming Minnesota

Minnesota’s ratio of working-age adults to older adults will continue to shrink over the coming decade, with potential implications for housing, transportation, and our workforce.

Learn more about the retirement- to working-age ratio.

Data Update

Minnesota is home to 267,000 children of immigrants. In other words, more than 1 in 6 kids statewide is the child of an immigrant.

Statewide, our school-aged population still outnumbers our older adult population. But this is not the case in all regions of the state. Older adults already outnumber school-aged kids in the Northland, Northwest, Southern, Southwest, and West Central regions.

Statewide, there are four working-age adults for every one older adult, down from five-to-one in 2010. The ratio is even smaller in some Minnesota regions. There are three working-age adults for every older adult in the Northland, Northwest, Southwest, and West Central regions of the state.

Minnesota’s economic output, or gross domestic product (GDP), stands at $331.4 billion. 2018 marks the ninth straight year of year-over-year increases in Minnesota’s GDP.

WE’RE HIRING!

Minnesota Compass has opened a new position for a website coordinator. The person in this role will manage and implement new and updated content and features on our website. See the full job posting for more details and to apply.

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.

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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