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Highlights of updates across Compass' topic areas:

Voter Turnout

  • Voter turnout among voters of color nearly doubled between the 2014 and 2018 midterm elections, from 29% to 51%.
  • Nearly double the share of citizens living in a higher-earning family ($100,000+) voted in the 2018 midterm election, compared to citizens living in a lower-earning family (<$20,000).
  • Equivalent shares of male and female citizens turned out to vote in the 2018 midterm election.
  • By educational attainment, voter turnout in the 2018 midterm election was highest among citizens with an advanced degree and lowest among citizens with a high school degree or less.

High School Graduation

  • 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% in 2012.
  • At 85%, greater Minnesota has a higher on-time graduation rate than the Twin Cities (82%). But greater Minnesota’s graduation rate has stagnated over the last few years, while the rate continues to tick up in the Twin Cities.
  • Statewide, we’ve seen a five percentage point increase in on-time graduation since 2012. Some groups of students have seen improvements of at least 10 percentage points, including:
    • Students of color, including Asian, Black, Hispanic, Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander, and students of two or more races
    • Students who are English Learners
    • Students in 11 counties: Aitkin, Carver, Clearwater, Cook, Freeborn, Hennepin, Itasca, Lake, Martin, Pope, and Todd
  • While trends in high school graduation are pointing upwards, there are still large disparities by race and ethnicity. Today, half of American Indian students and two-thirds of Black and Hispanic students graduate from high school within four years. Nearly 90% of Asian and non-Hispanic white students graduate on time.


Health Care Coverage

  • Across Minnesota’s counties, the share of residents under 65 lacking health coverage ranges from a low of 3 percent in metropolitan Carver and Washington Counties to a high of 10 percent in nonmetropolitan Nobles County.
  • Every county in the state has seen a 3 to 7 percentage point decline in its uninsured rate since 2013, the first year of full implementation of the ACA. Most of the improvements in the uninsured rate happened in the years immediately following full implementation. Over the last two years, nearly all counties have seen their uninsured rates remain steady.
  • Across Minnesota’s regions, uninsured rates range from a low of 5 percent in the Twin Cities to 7 percent in the Northwest region.
  • Every region of the state has seen a 4 to 5 percentage point decline in its uninsured rate since 2013. As with the counties, most improvements occurred in the years immediately following full implementation. Over the last two years, all regions have seen their uninsured rates remain steady.



  • Across Minnesota’s regions, prevalence of adult obesity is lowest in the Twin Cities region, where about one in four adults is obese. Prevalence is highest in the Northwest region, where about one in three adults is obese.
  • There are just a few counties – all located in the Twin Cities region – where prevalence of adult obesity is lower than 25 percent: Carver, Hennepin, and Washington.

County and Region Population

  • 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. Hennepin is also home to the greatest numeric growth in population since 2010, posting a net gain of more than 100,000 additional residents.
  • Carver and Scott counties have posted the greatest percentage growth in population since 2010. These two counties – neighbors to one another in the Twin Cities 7-county region – have both seen population growth of more than 13% over the last 8 years. They are growing due to natural increase and in-migration, almost entirely domestic.
  • In the first eight years of this decade, population growth in the Twin Cities 7-county region has already outpaced growth in the entire preceding decade. We have seen 9% population growth between 2010 and 2018, compared to 8% population growth between 2000 and 2010.
  • Southwest Minnesota continues to see population decline, an ongoing trend since at least 2000. Although most of the counties in the region continue to see positive natural increase (i.e., more births than deaths), the majority of counties in the region have seen even larger losses due to out-migration of residents.

Early Childhood Screening

Air Quality

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Updated June 2019

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Primary refugee arrivals in Minnesota

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.


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New & Noteworthy

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We know how many children live in poverty or are in foster care. We track this data because it provides information that policymakers and others can use to inform policy. But does this data, which enumerates facts about children through a deficit lens, provide a balanced accounting of the well-being of children?