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Trends overview

Minnesota is undergoing major demographic shifts, including an aging population and increasing racial and ethnic diversity. What does it mean for the future of our state?


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


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?

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?

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


Compass Points 2020

MN Compass’s annual report and quality of life indicators check-up

New & Noteworthy

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Communities of color, particularly Black and Latino communities, have a higher COVID-19 infection and death rate than White communities¬, a reality that has laid bare racial and ethnic health disparities and inequities that have existed for years.