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Data by Place

Searching for data up in the arrowhead or down in the river valley? Want to learn more about the place where you live or work? The tools and datasets below can help. If you can't find what you are seeking after reviewing the resources here, please contact us to request data.

If it's general population data you're seeking, you may wish to see:

If you are interested in other data topics by place, we've catalogued some of the most popular datasets in the tabs below. Additional tools for locating data follow.

The tools below may help you find the data you need for your geography of interest.

Quick Facts
QuickFacts from the U.S. Census Bureau

QuickFacts retrieves popular U.S. Census Bureau data about population, limited age groups, broad race groups, land area information and select social and economic topics. Easily compare your county or city of interest to Minnesota or U.S. in a side-by-side feature.

AFF Community Facts
Community Facts, via American FactFinder

Community Facts helps users more easily navigate American FactFinder, the U.S. Census Bureau's primary data retrieval tool, by beginning with their state, county, city, town, or zip code and then navigating tables by popular data topics such as Population, Age, Business and Industry, Education, Housing, Income, Origins and Language, Poverty, and Veterans.

MN compass

Minnesota Compass

Minnesota Compass, a project of Wilder Research, features thousands of interactive graphs, maps, and tables for MN geographies. Its searchable Geographic profiles contain popular 2000 decennial data points compared more recent data for the state as a whole, seven regions of the state, all counties, and all cities with populations of 1,000+. Each profile contains demographic information and data across Compass topic areas. In addition, 8-page comprehensive data profiles are available for each neighborhood in Minneapolis and St. Paul.

Metropolitan Council

Metropolitan Council Data + Maps

For users interested in the Twin Cities 7-county metro area (consisting of Anoka, Carver, Dakota, Hennepin, Ramsey, Scott, and Washington Counties), the Met Council's Data + Maps site has key information about the 7-county region or any city, county or township within it. Users may also create maps using 100+ available data layers, or explore interactive maps on topics including natural resources, land use and water quality and supply.

Policy Map


PolicyMap provides a wealth of data across numerous topics mapped onto various levels of geography. (No GIS skills necessary.) To begin, type your geography of interest into the location bar, then explore the topical data in the gray banner above each thematic map. Creating a free account allows for greater functionality. Mapped data may be viewed and emailed, but not downloaded (with a free account).

Social Explorer free edition

Social Explorer free edition

Social Explorer allows users to interact with maps and tables featuring various decennial census data back to the original 1790 census at no charge. Geographies and topics available vary by year. Additional data and features are available through a paid subscription (check with your local academic or public library for availability).

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