In this first-of-its-kind report, we describe the economic status of all Minnesotans and the 17 largest cultural groups in the state—with new data on employment, hours worked, income, education, language barriers, homeownership and much more. These data can help us better understand the unique needs of all those present in our state, and craft smart policy and programmatic responses so that all can contribute to—and benefit from—the state’s economy. Download and explore all the data in the Data Supplement (Excel).
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.
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?
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.
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 Population Note devoted to birth trends.
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.