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Our researchers spotlight interesting trends as they update data on the site.

Minnesota population by select age groups

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.

Minnesota counties where poverty declined

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.

Proportion of adults working by race

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.

Individuals below the poverty level
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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.

Individuals below the poverty level
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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.

Minnesota's voting eligible population that voted decreased from 64% in 2002 to 50% in 2014
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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.

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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.

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Minnesota ranks among top states on measures of civic engagement – for now

Across the 50 states, Minnesota ranks 1st in voter-eligible turnout and 3rd in volunteerism. But, we're going to have to work to retain our national rankings. Voter-eligible turnout declined from 78 percent in the 2008 election to 74 percent in the 2016 election. Rates of volunteerism have held steady in recent years, but total annual volunteer hours have declined since the start of the decade. In 2015, Minnesotans contributed 48 million fewer hours of volunteer time than in 2010. That's the equivalent of more than 23,000 full-time work positions.

See more data on volunteerism.


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Housing cost burden persists for renter households

Currently at 26 percent, the share of Minnesota households paying 30 percent or more of their income for housing has been trending downward in recent years. But looking more closely, only owner households have seen a decline in housing cost burden. The share of renter households paying too much for housing has remained steady since 2007.

See more data on cost-burdened households.


Expected change in working-age population
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Little or no growth expected in Minnesota's working-age population

Statewide, we expect no growth in our working-age population (age 18-64) over the next two decades. By region, the working-age population is only expected to grow in the Twin Cities. All other regions of the state expect to see declines through 2030.

See more population trends by age.