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