Measuring progress. Inspiring action.

Overview

Quickly access key measure data from throughout the site that show differences based on race, income, gender, and/or place of residence, and find ideas to take effective action.

In Minnesota, we take pride in our belief that all people have opportunities to become successful.  We also know that our future as a state depends upon the strength and well-being of all who live here.

what's happening?

People of color (including a range of backgrounds, from indigenous to recent immigrants) make up the fastest-growing segment of our population. People of color are an increasingly large part of our workforce and our pool of future parents, caregivers, and leaders. Data also show that, overall, these members of our community are:

Young people living in Minnesota, from birth through early adulthood, particularly need to acquire skills to succeed in jobs essential to our economy. Reducing income and racial disparities in education is key to maintaining a strong workforce.

While the root causes of disparities lie in historical experiences of oppression and exclusion, many gaps illustrated by current data can be explained by insufficient income, unhealthy environments, and inadequate access to opportunities. We can address all of these.

Making connections

By highlighting disparities across important quality of life topics such as education and health care, we hope practitioners and policymakers will gain a broader understanding of the issues we face and use objective data to make sound decisions that will result in a higher quality of life and support opportunities for all Minnesotans to lead and succeed. Awareness of disparities and best practices in equity related to race, income, and gender in STEM will also aid in addressing challenges and understanding the assets of Minnesota's diverse communities.

New & Noteworthy

Craig Helmstetter

Compass Project Director Craig Helmstetter dug into data on education, employment, health, and housing to help answer that question.Take a look at what he found.

Featured trend

Proportion of adults working by race
disparities

Gap in employment by race has narrowed

In 2012, 15 percentage points separated the shares of non-Hispanic whites and people of color who were working; today, the gap stands at 10 percentage points. We now see higher levels of employment among both groups, but gains in employment have been stronger for workers of color. In particular, we have seen strong gains in employment among black and Hispanic Minnesotans over the last several years.

See more data on proportion of adults working.