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Looking for more data? We've identified these links to useful aging-related data sets and data-rich sites.

Data sets

Elder Economic Security Standard Index for Minnesota
The Elder Economic Security Standard Index quantifies the actual costs of basic expenses for older adults in Minnesota living in their communities, not institutions, without public or private assistance. Developed by Wider Opportunities for Women and the Gerontology Institute at the University of Massachusetts Boston, the Elder Index reflects the needs of specific living situations, including varying housing and health statuses, for elders in each county in Minnesota. The Minnesota Department of Human Services offers an interactive tool that extracts county-level data from the most recent Elder Index report.

Employment by Industry, Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development
Search for current or historical data about the size of the healthcare workforce or other industries in Minnesota at state level, or by region, county, city, Economic Development Region or Planning Areas.  Source is the Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages (QCEW or ES-202). Annual data from 1980 to present and quarterly data from 1988 to present.

Gallup Healthways Well-Being Index
With the goal of providing the world's most up-to-date measure of individual and collective health and well-being, the Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index tracks the well-being of U.S. residents 350 days out of the year interviewing more than 1,000 U.S. adults nationwide each day. The measures that comprise the index reflect Americans' evaluations of their day-to-day lives as well as their daily emotional and physical experiences both at work and at home.

Health care workforce needs, Minnesota Job Vacancies
State and regional data available about the number of job vacancies by Minnesota industry sector and occupational group, including health care workforce jobs. From the Minnesota Job Vacancy Survey, conducted twice a year by the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development.

Data-rich sites
The web site of the Federal Interagency Forum on Aging-Related Statistics (Forum), which features aging-related data from the 15 Federal agencies that use or produce data about older Americans.

Databook on Employee Benefits, Employee Benefit Research Institute
Compiles data from dozens of sources to provide a comprehensive analysis of how the employee benefits system works, who and what its various functions affect, and its relationship with the U.S. economy. Topics include the retirement income system; employer-sponsored benefit plans; government programs such as Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid; health insurance; and labor force and demographic trends.

Health and Retirement Study
The University of Michigan Health and Retirement Study surveys more than 22,000 Americans over the age of 50 every two years. Supported by the National Institute on Aging and the Social Security Administration, the study paints an emerging portrait of an aging America's physical and mental health, insurance coverage, financial status, family support systems, labor market status, and retirement planning.

Minnesota Health Scores
A nonprofit website that provides objective information on the quality of health care in Minnesota and surrounding areas, based on scientifically based best “standards of care.” Users can compare clinics based on the quality of care they provide for different medical conditions, treatments and prevention.

Nursing Home Report Card
Shows how Minnesota nursing homes scored in seven quality measures from an ongoing survey conducted by the Minnesota Department of Health and the Minnesota Department of Human Services.  The report card includes information about nursing homes in the state that are certified to participate in the Medical Assistance program.

Retirement Confidence Survey, Employee Benefit Research Institute
The annual Retirement Confidence Survey (RCS) is a random, nationally representative survey of 1,000 individuals age 25 and over. The RCS is the country's most established and comprehensive study of the attitudes and behavior of American workers and retirees towards all aspects of saving, retirement planning, and long-term financial security.

Senior Housing Update, Maxfield Research
Detailed data for the 7-county Twin Cities metro area regarding senior housing market trends by type of housing—owners, rentals, affordable senior housing, congregate living, assisted living and memory care. E-mail Maxfield Research for more information.

State Health Facts, Kaiser Family Foundation
Comprehensive state-level data about Medicare and Medicaid enrollee demographics, spending, hospital spending, drug benefits, dual eligibles and many more health topics, such as health care spending as a percent of gross state product.

Survey of Consumer Finances
A wealth of data from triennial survey sponsored by the Federal Reserve System and the Internal Revenue Service about Americans’ net worth, value of assets, retirement accounts, transaction accounts, credit card balances, etc. Smallest level of geography is U.S. regions.

Survey of Older Minnesotans (2005 and 2001), Minnesota Board on Aging
A statewide survey of persons aged 50 and over in Minnesota conducted by the Minnesota Board on Aging, designed to monitor the changing needs, assets and expectations of older persons in the state. The survey includes questions about economic status (working, income sources, assets, attitudes about work/retirement), health status (general health, activities of daily living, transportation), housing status -- own/rent, accommodations needed, living arrangements, planning to move, housing conditions), and family/social status (children, friends, sources of support, community and personal concerns).