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Highlights of updates across Compass' topic areas:


  • A large and growing share of our children and youth have at least one immigrant parent. Today:
    • More than 1 in 6 kids statewide is the child of an immigrant.
    • 1 in 4 kids in the Twin Cities is the child of an immigrant.
    • About 1 in 7 kids in the Southern region is the child of an immigrant.
  • Employment tends to increase among foreign-born adults who have lived in the U.S. for longer periods. We see levels of employment that are equivalent to native-born workers among foreign-born residents who have lived in the U.S. for 11 years or longer.

Children & Youth

  • Our youth population has grown by only 1% since 2010. The Twin Cities and West Central region are the only regions that have seen growth in their youth populations in that time. All other regions have seen their youth populations stagnate or decline.
  • Statewide, nearly one in three children and youth identify as kids of color (31%). Children’s demographics by race and ethnicity vary across the state.
    • American Indian children are the largest population of children of color in the Northwest region.
    • Black children are the largest population of children of color in the Twin Cities 7-county region.
    • Hispanic children are the largest population of children of color in the Central, Southern, Southwest, and West Central regions.
    • Children of two or more races are the largest population of children of color in the Northland region.

Economic output (GDP)

  • Minnesota’s economic output, or gross domestic product (GDP), stands at $331.4 billion. GDP is the market value of all final goods and services produced by labor and property located in Minnesota.
  • Manufacturing is responsible for the largest share of Minnesota’s economic output. 

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.

This represents a selection of data updated on the site. Click the links and use the gray breakdown bar to navigate to more new data in each topic area.

Updated July 2019

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Featured trend

Working-age adults, 1960-2010, Today, and by 2025

Number of women age 16-64 in workforce in Minnesota continues to grow

The proportion of women age 16-64 in Minnesota who are employed rose to 77% in 2018, an increase of one percentage point from 2017. Since 2009, the number of women age 16-64 working in Minnesota has risen steadily, adding 96,155 more women to the workforce.

See our “proportion of adults working” key measure for more on this topic. 

New & Noteworthy

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Minnesota Compass launches a new section that provides in-depth data by cultural group to help all of us better understand the composition and quality of life of diverse Minnesotans throughout the state.