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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.

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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 blog, "Ada to Zumbrota"

In addition to being adorable, babies are a bellwether for our demographic future. Our latest Population Note, "Minnesota Births Yet to Rebound to Pre-Recession Level" explores long-term fertility declines, as well as the recent dip following 2007. Despite an increase in total births since 2011, this modest gain has still been outpaced by total population growth. 

As the state has become more diverse, so too have births, which in time will advance the racial diversification of the total population. Virtually all of the increase in total births since the low point in 1993 is due to births by mothers of Color (those who self-identify as other than non-Hispanic White).

Read more about birth trends in the blog.