Choose any of the populations in the left-hand column to learn about Minnesota's rich and diverse cultural communities.
These in-depth profiles provide information on 26 of the largest cultural communities in Minnesota. The profiles came about through conversations with Compass users who let us know:
We want more information about our communities. In particular, users wanted detailed information on the strengths, needs, and quality of life of their own cultural communities.
Published data from the U.S. Census tables are not enough. We heard that the U.S. Census Bureau's standard racial and ethnic categories often fall short of reflecting how communities define themselves. For the profiles in this section, cultural identification is based on a combination of self-reported race, ancestry, birthplace, and parental characteristics. These characteristics help us ensure that what we measure is meaningful by coming closer to identifying Minnesota's largest cultural communities as they define themselves.
More information will help us better tell our stories. Detailed information about Minnesota's cultural communities can help all of us better understand the composition and quality of life of diverse Minnesotans throughout the state. Community members themselves can tell their stories, bolstered by data that more closely represents the cultural communities with which they identify.