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