Race and ethnicity

We track data on race and ethnicity to help better understand the strengths, needs, and quality of life of diverse groups in our communities, and the differences and disparities among those groups.

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Cultural communities

We developed data profiles for 27 of the largest cultural communities in Minnesota, including African American, Chinese, Ethiopian, Filipino, Hmong, Indian, Korean, Mexican, Native American, Somali, Vietnamese, and more, based on a combination of self-reported race, ancestry, birthplace, and parental characteristics.

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Nearly half a million immigrants call Minnesota home, a population that includes citizens and non-citizens, students and workers, and refugees who fled their home countries. Immigration will continue to shape our communities for generations to come.

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Biological sex at birth

We track demographic and disparities data by sex to better understand key indicators of quality of life and equity for all of Minnesota’s residents.

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People with disabilities

Local, state, tribal, and federal agencies use data to plan and fund programs for people with different abilities and disabilities to provide health care, social support, and other services; evaluate government programs and policies to ensure they fairly and equitably serve the needs of all groups, and enforce laws, regulations, and policies against discrimination. 

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Diversity index

What is the probability two people selected at random would be from different racial and ethnic groups? Minnesota Compass compares diversity in Minnesota's counties in 2010 and 2020 and the percent of change between those two years.

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Why aren't I represented on Compass?

Our mncompass.org users frequently ask Compass staff if they can get more data on a specific demographic group not represented on our website. Research Associate Anne Li shares three things to know about our demographic data and why it can be difficult to retrieve specific data.

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Racial equity resource directory

 This directory serves as a hub for finding and connecting with people, programs, and organizations working together to increase cultural competence and combat institutional racism.

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DEI promising practices for leaders

Wilder Research conducted a literature review to better understand which diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) policies and practices in the workplace have been found to make an impact. 

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Leadership program directory

This directory provides a list of leadership development programs for Minnesota residents—particularly residents who are from communities that are underrepresented in leadership positions—who are interested in developing or supporting the development of individual, organizational, or community leadership abilities.

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STEM access toolkit

An ecosystem approach shifts responsibility for STEM learning and success from individual learners to educators, organizations, funders, policymakers, and systems. This toolkit shares ways stakeholders can help with STEM growth.

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Storytelling with data: Where do I begin?

You have an important story to tell. Whether it's to a funder, policymakers, or your constituents, data can help you paint a clearer picture of your community or those your serve. Allison Liuzzi presents a primer on how to find the data you need.

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Choose your data adventure: Build Your Own data profile

Get ready to choose your own data adventure, Minnesota, with the Build Your Own statewide data tool. In this article, we share how you can use this tool to customize data for your Minnesota community.

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Learn how others use Minnesota Compass data

Not sure how data can help you with your planning or policy work? Meet some of the Minnesota Compass users and learn how data make a difference in the work they do and the people they serve.