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Black Minnesotans' Income

Newly released Census data revealed persistent economic challenges for many Black Minnesotans. Our office continues to investigate these concerning trends and share what we know in community meetings. See a recent presentation by State Demographer Susan Brower summarizing key findings

More Minnesotans with health insurance and a job in 2014

The share of Minnesotans without health insurance fell sharply from 8.2% to 5.9% between 2013 and 2014, with 123,000 more Minnesotans gaining coverage. The unemployment rate also fell to the lowest rate reported in six years.

Meanwhile, the poverty rate and median household income for MN were unchanged. The U.S. Census Bureau released data on these and many more topics in September 2015. See a summary of key findings for MN in 2014

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Our 2014 Estimates Available

Did you know that Bloomington overtook Duluth to become the 4th largest city in Minnesota (behind Minneapolis, St. Paul and Rochester) in 2014?

Our office's 2014 population and household estimates are now available--for townships, cities, counties, Economic Development Regions and Minnesota as a whole. Explore all the new data and trends on our Estimates page. Our estimates are produced jointly with the Met Council.



Young Adults in Profile

Minnesota's young adults (ages 18-34) are pursuing more education, slower to marry, and yes, a little bit more likely to be living with Mom and Dad than earlier groups who came of age in Minnesota. You'll find them concentrated in cities such as Mankato, St. Cloud and Minneapolis, as well as Blue Earth, Clay, Stevens and Clay Counties. Learn more about the young adults who are making their mark on Minnesota in our Population Note, "Young Adults in Minnesota: A Demographic & Economic Profile," or catch the highlights in the blog.

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Who's Coming & Who's Going?
Understanding Migration

Each year since 2001, Minnesota has lost more people to other U.S. states than it has gained. However, even greater numbers of international arrivals have resulted in positive net migration.

Read all about who's coming and who's leaving in our new report, "Minnesota on the Move: Migration Patterns & Implications."

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Which States Grew The Most - Or The Fastest - in 2014?

Minnesota’s population increased by more than 35,000 people between July 1, 2013 and July 1, 2014, bringing its population to 5.46 million. Minnesota ranked 16th among states for people added in the past year, and topped all Midwestern states. Texas led all states in numeric growth, followed by California. Read more about the newly released 2014 state population estimates.  

Explore how all states have changed since the 2010 census in our new data viz

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Birth Trends Update

Did you know that births in Minnesota peaked in 2007, and that total fertility rates for Black, Hispanic and Asian women in our state have declined sharply in recent years? Or that Minnesota families with a mother who was born in Mexico welcomed 2,053 babies in 2012, while 1,808 babies were born to Somalia-born mothers? Investigate these trends and more in our illuminating new Population Note devoted to birth trends.

Black income: A blurry picture, a clear conclusion

This year’s 2014 ACS data revealed a troubling finding for Black Minnesotans: the poverty rate appeared to be higher and median (midpoint) household income appeared to be lower than the 2013 data.

Our office has been examining the data extensively since its release and meeting with community and policy leaders, and we wanted to clarify the findings. The poverty rate among Black Minnesotans in each of the last 9 years has been between 30% and 38%. Prior to the recession, during the economic downturn, and now even after years of sustained economic recovery, the poverty rate among Black Minnesotans is indisputably high.

Read more in the Ada to Zumbroda blog.