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Minnesota Dashboard

This dashboard reports Minnesota’s status on 40 key indicators. Our state has a longstanding reputation as being a great place to live, get an education, work, and raise a family. This dashboard provides a framework for monitoring the results of our collective efforts to make Minnesota even better.  Click on the indicators below for additional information, including data on how outcomes differ by group, where possible. 

While many Minnesotans experience a good quality of life, not all segments of the population have the same opportunities and positive experiences.  Differences exist based on race, income, gender, disability, and geography and many are avoidable and unjust. Where possible, data for these groups are available by visiting each indicator page. To examine these differences across indicators, visit the Outcomes by group page.

Printable version of the Minnesota Dashboard

COMMUNITY

Strong and stable families and communities
Good
11.5% of Minnesotans live at or below the poverty line.
Poor
7,509  Minnesotans are homeless on a given day.
Good
82% of long-term service and support participants live at home versus in institutions.
Good
1st is Minnesota's Kids Count ranking, a composite measure of child well-being.
Okay
11 days per year Minnesotans fish, boat, hunt, and use state parks.

ECONOMY

A thriving economy that encourages business growth and employment opportunities
Good
3.5% of Minnesotans are unemployed.
Okay
$48,711 is Minnesota's personal income per capita.
Okay 
28% of Minnesotans spend 30% or more of their income on housing.
Good
55% of Minnesota business start-ups survive 5 years.
Good
48% of adults ages 25-64 have an associate's degree or higher.

EDUCATION

Minnesotans have the education and skills needed to achieve their goals
Poor
59% of third graders are proficient in reading.
Poor
49% of Minnesota students are at or above expected growth levels in math.
Good
81% of Minnesota students graduate from high school in four years.
Okay
51% of postsecondary graduates work full-time one year after graduation.
Poor
$27,300 is the median student debt of graduates with debt from 4-year institutions.

ENVIRONMENT

A clean, healthy environment with sustainable uses of natural resources
Good
3 days with air quality alerts occurred in 2014.
Okay
62% of Minnesota lakes have good water quality.
Good
19% of energy production comes from renewable sources.
Okay
14.8 million acres of conservation lands exist in Minnesota.
Poor
50% of fish and wildlife populations are stable or increasing.

GOVERNMENT

Efficient and accountable government services
Okay
B+ is Minnesota's Digital States Survey grade, a measure of the use of digital technology in government.
Okay
AA+ is Minnesota's bond rating.
Okay
89% of the State’s pension liability for state workers is funded by current assets.
Okay
50% of eligible Minnesotans voted in 2014.
Okay
B is Minnesota's Following the Money grade, a measure of government transparency.

HEALTH

All Minnesotans have optimal health
Good
$7,403  is the state's per capita spending on health care.
Okay
8.2% of Minnesotans are uninsured.
Good
99.3 % of Minnesotans served by community water systems have drinking water that meets or exceeds safe standards .
Good
4th is Minnesota's ranking for America's Health Rankings, a composite measure of overall health.
Poor 
34.5% of Minnesota adults are at a healthy weight.

MOBILITY

Sustainable options to safely move people, goods, services, and information
Good 3.5% of state highway pavements are in poor conditions.
Okay
21% of Twin Cities freeway miles are congested during peak times.
Good
106 million annual rides are taken on public transportation.
Okay
79% of Minnesotans have access to high speed internet.
Good
87% of state highways are cleared of snow and ice within the target time.

SAFETY

People in Minnesota are safe

Okay
19% of felons are convicted of a new felony within 3 years of discharge.
Good
228 violent crimes occur per 100,000 people.
Good
0.63 fatalities occur per 100 million vehicle miles traveled.
Okay
3.3 incidents of maltreatment occur per 1,000 children.
Okay
35 incidences of commonly food-borne illnesses occur per 100,000 Minnesotans.
Good
Good.   Green represents good current status. This means that performance is ahead of the performance of other states and/or established industry or agency benchmarks.
Okay
Okay. Yellow represents an okay current status. This means performance is near to meeting public expectations, the performance of other states, and/or established industry or agency benchmarks.
Poor
Poor.   Red represents poor current status. This means performance is well behind public expectations, the performance of other states, and/or established industry or agency benchmarks.

For more information on the criteria used to assign the status to each indicator see the Criteria page.

To see how Minnesota ranks among states in many of the Dashboard indicators, see the State Rank page.