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Twin Cities 7-county region tops 3 million people in 2015

New Census population estimates showed that Minnesota added about 32,500 people in the latest year, with the most growth clustered in the counties that are home to and adjacent to Minneapolis and St. Paul.

The Twin Cities 7-county region added nearly 26,300 people, and topped 3 million residents in 2015. 
Read our media release or explore the data online

The Economic Status of Minnesotans: A Chartbook

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? 

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.

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 report, "Minnesota on the Move: Migration Patterns & Implications."

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 
Population Note devoted to birth trends.

Demographer Brower Discusses Disparities With League of Minnesota Cities

State Demographer Susan Brower (SB) recently talked with the League of Minnesota Cities about our January 2016 report,"The Economic Status of Minnesotans: A Chartbook for 17 Cultural Groups." Below is an excerpt from their blog: 

What did the study cover?

SB: Our main focus was on economic disparity, and we also wanted to show what can contribute to those disparities. Transportation is one example, how easy is it to get to a job? How many cars are available? We wanted to find answers to the question: If someone’s not in the labor force, why? Do they have children they stay home with? Do they have a disability? The high rates of disability, particularly in Hmong, African-American, and Ojibwe populations were particularly surprising. All of these things contribute to income and the economic disparities we’re seeing.

Read more on the League of Minnesota Cities' "the city spot" blog (external site).

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