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.
Minnesota Farmers Today
Minnesota is home to nearly 110,000 farmers, whose average age is 55. Women and diverse populations have made some small inroads into farming operations in recent years.
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.
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.
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.
We are often asked what’s going on in the metro/urban areas of our state versus rural areas/"Greater Minnesota." This can be a difficult question to answer because people hold many different ideas for what constitutes these terms.
There are several ways to define urban and rural Minnesota when using demographic (and other) data. There isn’t one “right” way to do this, and one approach may be more appropriate than another based on your needs. If you wish to define "Greater MN" as all counties not part of an official metro area, that would include 60 counties in the state.