Quickly access information about Minnesota's diverse and burgeoning immigrant population
Nearly half million immigrants call Minnesota home, a population that includes citizens and non-citizens, students and workers, and refugees who fled their home countries. Minnesota has proportionally fewer immigrants compared to the nation as a whole, but we have long been a state shaped by immigration. In 2018, about nine percent of Minnesotans were foreign-born, but that percentage was as high as 37 percent in the late 1800s. Immigration will continue to shape our communities for generations to come. Today, 18 percent of children in Minnesota is either a child of an immigrant or were themselves born in a different country, nearly double the 10 percent of children in Minnesota who fit that profile in 2000.
- Foreign-born residents from Asia have been our state's largest immigrant group since 1990; foreign-born residents from Africa now constitute the second largest immigrant group in Minnesota.
- The majority of Minnesota's foreign-born residents live in the Twin Cities 7-county region, but immigrants are transforming many smaller communities across the state. For example, nearly one in three residents of Worthington, a city in southwest Minnesota, is foreign-born.
- By country of origin, the largest groups of foreign-born residents in Minnesota are from Mexico, Somalia, India, Laos, Ethiopia, China, Vietnam, Thailand (including Hmong), Korea, Liberia, and Kenya . Detailed profiles for each of these immigrant communities are available in the left column.
- The proportion of foreign-born adults who work is only slightly below levels of employment among native-born adults (74% and 79%, respectively). For foreign-born residents who have lived in the U.S. for more than 10 years, levels of employment are statistically equivalent to Minnesota's native-born population.
WHY IT MATTERS
Immigrants and their children are vital contributors to our state’s economic, cultural, and civic life.
Knowing more about those who have immigrated to our state can help us better understand the impact on our schools, our workforce, our health systems, and our cities. Staying informed of immigration trends helps us build social ties and better respond to shifting needs and opportunities.