Our researchers spotlight interesting trends as they update data on the site.
FEATURED TREND | June 18, 2019
Minnesota sees smallest number of refugee arrivals in more than a decade
Last year marked the smallest number of primary refugee arrivals in Minnesota over the last 17 years. About 670 refugees resettled in Minnesota in 2018, nearly half originally from Burma. Primary refugees are individuals who arrive directly in Minnesota from a country of asylum or refugee camp, while secondary refugees (not included in calculations) are those who migrate to Minnesota after arriving in a different state of resettlement.
Learn more about Minnesota’s immigrant population.
FEATURED TREND | May 20, 2019
High school graduation rates up, though gaps remain
Minnesota’s high school graduation rate has steadily marched upward, improving to 83 percent in 2017. Rates improved across all races and ethnicities, and that’s certainly good news. But disparities by race remain an acute problem for Minnesota.
See more data on high school graduation rates.
FEATURED TREND | April 23, 2019
Twin Cities region leads population growth in Minnesota
Across Minnesota’s regions, the Twin Cities has seen the greatest population growth since 2010. Across Minnesota’s counties, Carver and Scott have posted the greatest percentage growth in population, at more than 13% over the last 8 years.
See more data on population change in Minnesota.
FEATURED TREND | March 20, 2019
Minnesota’s older adult population poised to outnumber school-aged kids
We’ve almost reached the inflection point: Sometime over the next year, there will be more older Minnesotans (65+) than school-aged kids (5-17). Moreover, while our school-aged population is projected to remain largely level over the coming decades, the number of older adults will continue to grow.
See more data on population by age in Minnesota.
FEATURED TREND | january 16, 2019
No change in poverty for most Minnesota counties
Most Minnesota counties saw no change in poverty between 2012 and 2017, but 11 counties saw statistically significant declines. Dig deeper in our poverty key measure, which has been updated through 2017 with the most recent data from the U.S. Census Bureau.
See more data on poverty in Minnesota.
FEATURED TREND | December 13, 2018
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.
FEATURED TREND | October 30, 2018
Adults with bachelor's degree now largest share of Minnesota's adults
Over the last decade, we've seen a flip in the share of adults with lower and higher levels of educational attainment. Minnesota's adults with a high school degree or less formed the largest share of our adult population until 2014. But starting in 2014, adults with a bachelor's degree or higher became the largest share of our adult population.
See more educational attainment data.
FEATURED TREND | September 26, 2018
Poverty declines in Twin Cities, stagnates in greater Minnesota
Poverty rates across the Twin Cities and greater Minnesota have been diverging in recent years. While the Twin Cities has seen sustained declines in poverty since 2014, greater Minnesota's poverty rate has largely stagnated. See more poverty data.
FEATURED TREND | August 28, 2018
Steady decline in midterm voter turnout
Voter turnout steadily declined over the last several midterm elections in Minnesota. Half of Minnesota's eligible voters cast a ballot in the 2014 midterm election, down from midterm turnout in 2002, 2006, and 2010.
See more voter turnout data.
FEATURED TREND | May 31, 2018
Student proficiency on educational assessments remains flat
About 6 in 10 Minnesota students meet state standards in 3rd grade reading, 5th grade science, and 8th grade math. Trends in student achievement across all three measures of proficiency have been flat since 2013. Large gaps by race and income persist, and the gap in 8th grade math proficiency by income has widened.
See more data on student proficiencies in math and reading.
Our state continues to see improvements in on-time high school graduation. Eighty-three percent of high school students graduated within four years in 2018, up from 78 percent in 2012.
Our Mexican-born population remains the largest immigrant community in Minnesota. Hmong, Somali, and Indian immigrants are tied for our second largest immigrant communities.
Hennepin County remains the most populous county in Minnesota, home to more than double the number of residents of any other county in the state.
Every county in the state has seen a 3 to 7 percentage point decline in the share of residents lacking health insurance since 2013, the first year of full implementation of the Affordable Care Act.