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December 2017

Top Tweets in 2017


top 5 iconThe @MNCompass Twitter account is one way that we keep you up to date about new data, notable trends, and other key resources. Which of our tweets received the most engagement in 2017? This list shows our top 5 from the last year.



Minnesota residents are highly engaged and politically active. We took the top spot for voter turnout in the 2016 election, exceeding turnout in all other states by 3 percentage points or more.

Click here for more trends in voter turnout on Minnesota Compass. Or have a peek at Allison Liuzzi's presentation on trends in Asian American voting, delivered as part of the Coalition of Asian American Leaders' PowerTalk series in November.


In April, Compass researcher Allison Liuzzi presented on trends in education and workforce development at the 2017 Advancing Career Pathways Summit. The summit brought together educators, employers, and others interested in streamlining pathways between formal education and career training. Allison's presentation focused on our shared economic well-being and the importance of preparing our emerging leaders for tomorrow's jobs.

See this Star Tribune article for additional information on alternative career pathways, including insights from Compass staff.


Did you get the answer right? Want another hint? Check out this dashboard for at-a-glance facts about the third largest city and the eighth largest county in Minnesota.

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Recognizing that arts and culture play an important role in Minnesotans' quality of life, we launched our new Arts & Culture topic area on Minnesota Compass in 2017. Measures in the section track attendance of artistic and cultural events, youth arts participation, and creation and performance of art. We also provide a profile of the artistic workforce in Minnesota, which makes up about 2 percent of our state's workforce.

Take a look at our May article from Compass researcher Ellen Wolter and Minnesota State Arts Board Director of Research Renae Youngs: 4 facts about arts and culture in Minnesota. It is a first glimpse at what we're learning about the important role arts and culture play in strengthening our communities.


Our new section on Minnesota Early Childhood Risk & Reach tracks 12 indicators of economic, family stability, and health risks to the healthy development of young children and 8 indicators of the reach of publicly funded services to meet early learning, health, and basic needs. The indicators provide useful county-level information to inform policies and practices that improve child and family well-being, with an eye on inclusive decision-making, racial and economic equity, and supporting community-led change.

Richard Chase presented on the new section at the 2017 Impact Summit of the Community Indicators Consortium. Click here for slides from his presentation.

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