CRADLE TO CAREER SUCCESS
Building a pathway to success begins early, but Minnesota is home to large gaps by race and income all along the cradle-to-career continuum. Our youngest residents are more racially and ethnically diverse than previous generations, and these disparities will grow unless we address them now.
- The gap in 3rd grade reading proficiency remains stubborn by income and race
- Statewide, there are wide and persistent gaps in 8th grade math proficiency by income and race. Fifty-five percent of Minnesota's 8th-graders achieve state standards in math; this drops to 33 percent of lower-income students and 38 percent of students of color.
- Eighty-three percent of Minnesota's students graduate from high school on time, representing several years of improvement in our on-time graduation rate. Improvements in on-time graduation have been even more pronounced among students of color. In fact, students of all races and ethnicities that we track on Minnesota Compass have seen steady improvements in on-time graduation every year since 2011.
Read more about Minnesota's children and youth
Advocating for indicators of community assets and well-being
Richard Chase, Wilder Research
What are Minnesota's kids doing when they're not in school?
Allison Liuzzi, Wilder Research
STRONG, VIBRANT ECONOMY AND WORKFORCE
On the whole, Minnesota has recovered from the economic downturn that took a toll on jobs, incomes, and other measures of economic well-being in the late 2000s. How well are we building a climate for competitive business opportunities and a prepared workforce to strengthen our economic vitality around the state?
- Median household income stands at $70,300 in Minnesota, on par with median household income before the Great Recession.
- In Minnesota, 37 percent of all adults (25+) and 43 percent of young adults (25-34) have a bachelor's degree or higher. The share of adults with a bachelor's degree or higher has increased nearly 10 percentage points since 2000.
- Seventy-nine percent of adults in Minnesota are working, equivalent to pre-recession levels. Only neighboring North Dakota has a similar proportion of adults working.
- But Minnesota is home to some of the largest racial gaps in employment in the nation. We rank among the bottom ten states in the gap in employment between whites and American Indians, Asian, Blacks, and Hispanics.
Read more about building a strong workforce and economy
Minnesota's workforce shortage
Justin Hollis, Wilder Research, and Erin Olson, RealTime Talent
Have jobs been growing in greater Minnesota? Yes. More than you think
Ellen Wolter, Wilder Research
It's been a decade since the Great Recession ended. How has Minnesota recovered?
Allison Liuzzi and Jacob Wascalus, Wilder Research
Overall, Minnesota is home to active residents who feel that their work can have an impact as part of a larger community and who work together for common goals. But are we engaging diverse groups and creating opportunities for everyone?
- Six in ten Minnesotans have helped their neighbors or been helped by their neighbors in the past year. We see a slightly higher level of neighbors helping neighbors among Baby Boomers (65%) and households earning $75,000 or more (67%).
- In both 2016 and 2018, Minnesota reclaimed its position as the leading state in the nation for voter turnout. Nearly three-quarters of Minnesota's voting-eligible population voted in the last presidential election.
- Minnesota has the second highest rate of volunteerism in the nation, but the share of adults who volunteer and total volunteer hours have been slipping since 2010.
- Obesity has become a public health issue. More than one in four adults in Minnesota is obese. About half of states have seen an increase in prevalence of adult obesity over the last five years, and Minnesota is among those states.
Read more about creating healthy communities
Community-led solutions: Building evidence that counts
Richard Chase, Wilder Research
The detail in the data: Introducing profiles of 26 of Minnesota's largest cultural communities
Jacob Wascalus, Wilder Research