The U.S. Census Bureau's standard racial and ethnic categories often fall short of reflecting how communities define themselves, and don't reflect the composition and quality of life of diverse Minnesotans throughout the state. We developed data profiles for 26 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. We provide data on cultural communities to better reflect, understand and support these communities, and their specific strengths and needs.

Fast facts

Nearly 4 in 10 Mexican Minnesotans

38% of Mexican Minnesotans live in greater Minnesota.
38 %

More than 9 in 10 Hmong Minnesotans

95% of Hmong Minnesotans live in the Twin Cities metro area.
95 %

More than 9 in 10 Somali-headed households

91% of Somali-headed households in Minnesota are renter households.
91 %
Cultural community Sort descending Population
Minnesota 5,490,726
African American 230,338
Burmese 11,145
Cambodian 10,586
Chinese 36,671
Colombian 8,652
Cuban 6,339
Ecuadorian 9,603
Ethiopian 29,556
Filipino 21,181
Guatemalan 10,712
Hmong 81,966
Indian 51,462
Japanese 10,174
Kenyan 9,421
Korean 26,570
Lao (non-Hmong) 17,845
Lebanese 7,645
Liberian 18,480
Mexican 206,890
Native American 168,465
Puerto Rican 15,214
Salvadoran 12,014
Somali 65,379
Thai 6,462
Vietnamese 33,486
White non-Hispanic 4,434,531