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2013 American Community Survey

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The U.S. Census Bureau's American Community Survey (ACS) is the nation's most comprehensive survey. It provides a multitude of statistics that measure the social, economic and housing conditions of U.S. communities, including data on employment, income, poverty, and health insurance. The Census Bureau released new 2013 ACS data for the nation, all 50 states, and geographic areas with populations of 65,000 or more on September 18, 2014.

Read the related media release.

Key Findings for Minnesota in 2013

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- Overall unemployment for Minnesota's workers in 2013 was 5.4%, the lowest rate reported in the past five years.
- Unemployment among Black Minnesotans, which was 20% in 2011, dropped to 15% in 2013, while Hispanic unemployment also fell from 11% to 9% over those same years.
- The percent of teenagers (16-19) who were unemployed peaked at 23% in 2010, but has now fallen to 16% in 2013.
- Unemployment rates decline as workers get older (9.1% for 20- to 24-year-olds, 5.3% for 25- to 44-year-olds, and less than 4% for older workers, 2013).

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- Minnesota's median (midpoint) household income in 2013 was about $60,700, more than $8,000 greater than the U.S. as a whole.
- Minnesota ranked 9th highest among states for its median household income in 2013, an improvement over 12th highest in 2010.
- The typical Minnesota household saw its income rise about $1,000 in real (inflation-adjusted) terms between 2012 and 2013 (statistically significant).
- Median household income was lowest for Black ($31,000) and American Indian ($35,800) households, and highest for non-Hispanic White ($63,000) and Asian ($65,100) households in Minnesota.

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- Minnesota's overall poverty rate was 11.2% in 2013, statistically unchanged from the prior year. About 592,000 Minnesotans, including 177,000 children, lived in families with annual income below the federal poverty threshold (about $23,600 for a family of two parents and two children) in 2013.
- About one-third or more of Black and American Indian Minnesotans lived in poverty in 2013, along with about one-quarter of Hispanic Minnesotans. Importantly, however, poverty rates declined significantly for both Black and American Indian residents between 2011 and 2013.
- Young children (under 5) and older adults (65+) also saw reductions in poverty in the past year.

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Health Insurance

- Minnesota's overall uninsured rate in 2013 was 8.2%, statistically unchanged from the prior year.
- Only three states (Massachusetts, 3.7%; Hawaii, 6.7%; and Vermont, 7.2%) had lower rates of uninsured residents than Minnesota in 2013, while Iowa's rate of 8.1% was not statistically different from Minnesota's.
-Among children under 18, 5.6% lacked health insurance at the time of the survey. Among the 18- to 64-year-old typical working-age population in MN, the uninsured rate was 10.9%.

Man working on a laptop computer Computer & Internet Use

-This year's American Community Survey included data from several new questions regarding computers and internet access.
-In Minnesota, 92% of all Minnesotans had a computer in their home in 2013 (either a desktop, laptop, tablet or smartphone) in 2013,
compared to 88% of the nation's household population.
-Nationally, 79% of Americans had some form of Internet access at home.
-Minnesotans were among the top 10 states in the share of its population who had some form of Internet access at home (83%).
-Asian Minnesotans were most likely to report they had Internet access in their home (90%), while American Indians were least likely to say so (61%).

Select 2013 findings by racial and ethnic group, Minnesota

Population group Median household income
(2013 dollars, rounded)
Unemployment rate (16+) Poverty rate Uninsured Has Internet access
in home
All $60,700 5% 11% 8% 83%
American Indian $35,800 17% 32% 23% 61%
Asian $65,100 6% 18% 11% 90%
Black/African American $31,000 15% 33% 15% 72%
Hispanic (of any race) $41,700 9% 23% 29% 77%
Two or more races $42,800 14% 21% 9% 82%
White, non-Hispanic $63,000 8% 8% 8% 84%

Greater Twin Cities metropolitan area

- The 16-county greater Twin Cities metropolitan area compared very favorably among the 25 most populous metropolitan areas in the nation.
- The Twin Cities metro ranked 6th highest in median household income, 3rd lowest for percent of uninsured residents, and 2nd lowest for percent of residents in poverty


"Computer with Internet access" may be a desktop, laptop, netbook, tablet, smartphone or similar device with Internet access (broadband or dial-up).

The 16-county Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington metropolitan statistical area includes the following Minnesota counties of Anoka, Carver, Chisago, Dakota, Hennepin, Isanti, Le Sueur, Mille Lacs, Ramsey, Scott, Sherburne, Sibley, Washington and Wright, as well as Pierce and St. Croix counties in Wisconsin.

Error margins exist around data points, but are not shown. Some numbers are rounded.

The 2013 American Community Survey provides a multitude of statistics that measure the social, economic and housing conditions of U.S. communities. More than 40 topics are available with the release, such as educational attainment, housing, employment, commuting, language spoken at home, nativity, ancestry and selected monthly homeowner costs. Additional data is available through the U.S. Census Bureau's American FactFinder tool at:

Please contact the MN State Demographic Center with any questions at
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