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Overview

Minnesota is undergoing major demographic changes. These include a rapidly growing older adult population and increasing racial and ethnic diversity, especially among our state's youngest.

Demographic trends

Making connections

Asking questions about age, race, and disability provide further insights to guide our understanding of who we are and who we will be in the future. When we know who lives in our state, we can better understand what services will be needed, what our jobs prospects and economic outlook may look like. We can get a sense for which actions may be called for in education, health or housing. Demographic change influences and is influenced by trends in immigration, aging, and children and youth. Knowing the "who" and "where" of Minnesota residents is an essential foundation for a solid understanding of our state.

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.

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Working-age adults, 1960-2010, Today, and by 2025
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Age trends are transforming Minnesota

In the coming years, Minnesota’s older adult population should continue to grow as our working-age population appears to be leveling off. As a result, the ratio of working-age adults to older adults will continue to shrink over the coming decade. Potential implications are widespread, from housing and transportation needs in aging communities, to demands on the workforce as baby boomers continue to retire.

 

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

Additional data sources

Much of the data in this section are compiled from the Census Bureau's intercensal estimates. Get links to other credible sources.