Approximately half of Minnesota’s 5.64 million residents are female. As heads of households, homeowners, and members of the workforce, women contribute to the strength of Minnesota’s families, communities, and economy. But data shows women still lag behind men in median income. We track demographic and disparities data by sex to better understand key indicators of quality of life and equity for all of Minnesota’s residents.

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2.8 million females

About 50% of the state’s population identify as female.
50 %

More than three-quarters of Minnesota's working-age females are employed, up from 73% in 2010.
78 %

1 in 10 females

10% of Minnesota’s females live below poverty, two percentage points higher than the poverty rate among males.
10 %

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2.8 million males

About 50% of the state’s population identify as male.
50 %

About 82% of Minnesota’s working-age males are employed, up from 75% in 2010.
82 %

1 in 13 males

8% of Minnesota’s males live below poverty, two percentage points lower than the poverty rate among females.
8 %