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New ACS data available!

New census data about employment, income, poverty, health insurance and more was released September 18, 2014. Data from the 2013 American Community Survey (ACS) shows Minnesota's median household income increased $1,000 since 2012, while unemployment among Black Minnesotans fell 5 percentage points in the past two years. See all our key findings and more on our 2013 ACS release page

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2013 Population Estimates

Our annual estimates for Minnesota counties, cities and towns — dated to April 1, 2013 — were released July 15, 2014. Between 2012 and 2013, Scott and Carver County grew the fastest in percentage terms, while Hennepin County added the most people. And Minneapolis topped 400,000 people for the first time in history. Explore the data

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Data Viz Is Here

Our office is excited by the possibilities around data viz (visualization)! We are committed to representing data in new ways--making it interactive, easy, engaging, attractive, and maybe even a bit more fun. That's why you'll see featured maps and data viz throughout this website, with more to come. For starters, take a look at our data viz on our county population projections through 2045 (shown left) or explore the entire Map & Viz Gallery.

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In The Shadow Of The Boomers

Our newest annual report on long-term considerations for the state details how trends of an aging population and declining fertility are conspiring to dramatically slow Minnesota's labor force growth. Minnesota will need to leverage greater contributions and productivity from all of our state’s potential workers to manage this new demographic and economic reality. Read it now

The latest from our new blog, "Ada to Zumbrota"

Hello, my name is Jinci Lu! I am a high school junior at Washington Technology Magnet School in St. Paul. This past summer I interned with the MN State Demographic Center. I was placed here through the Right Track program. Right Track is Saint Paul’s pipeline for youth career development and for a diverse future workforce. It’s a program that helps high-schoolers develop professional and employment skills, and gain exposure to career options.

In 2000, more than half of the 16- to 19-year-olds in Minnesota were working, but that decreased to a low of 39% in 2010. It is climbing again, as teenagers like me are given more opportunities to join the workforce. Read more from the blog.