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The data experts at the MN State Demographic Center are often called upon by the media to provide insights on demographic trends. Below is a select listing of recent press coverage citing our staff members or Center activities. Click on the title to read the full article at the original media source.



Suburbs lead in diversity growth 
November 4, 2014 - By Emma Nelson, StarTribune 

Over the past 13 years, populations of color in Hennepin and Ramsey counties grew about 40 to 50 percent. In each of the Twin Cities area's five purely suburban counties, that number was more than 100 percent. "The odds that the person in the cube next to you at work or at the desk next to your child's in school is going to have a different cultural background and different influences that may reach around the other side of the globe - that's never been more likely in our lifetime," said Andi Egbert, assistant director of the Minnesota State Demographic Center.
How the impending wave of worker retirements will change government in Minnesota
October 30, 2014 - By Peter Callaghan, MinnPost.


When two Minnesota cities - one large, one small - decided earlier this month to offer paid family leave for employees with newborn children, leaders in both places predicted they would be the first among many local governments to do so. That's because Brooklyn Park and St. Paul said they weren't responding to political or union pressure, but to demographics - the need to help recruit and retain younger workers in the wake of the "Silver Tsunami." While the drive to attract younger workers get most of the attention, the Minnesota State Demographic Center identified another source for the state's future work force: newcomers. In fact, without immigrants, Minnesota's population will begin to shrink by 2043, the center said in its most recent population report. And though millennials are entering their peak child-bearing years, said Minnesota State Demographer Susan Brower, they aren't expected to procreate at the rates of their grandparents or baby boomer parents.


The future of Northern Minnesota, a tale of demographic change 
October 29, 2014 - By Aaron Brown, StarTribune.

Northern Minnesota will see uneven population and economic growth over the next few decades. The window to diversify our economy using our existing resources is open now, but closing fast. Between now and 2030, Minnesota will experience an unprecedented increase in the age 65 and older population group, said Andi Egbert, assistant director of the Minnesota Demographic Center. During that period, 265,000 older adults will join that age segment. We have not ever been here before, she said, and the change could have several implications. Yes, they're talking about the state as a whole, but the effects are more pronounced in Northeastern Minnesota.


Imagine your grandchild's Minnesota in 2060 (VIDEO) 
October 23, 2014 - By Lindsey Seavert, KARE 11 

Fast forward more than four decades to the year 2060, and imagine your grandchildren's Minnesota. A state once founded on Scandinavian immigration will have a far more diverse future. Andi Egbert, senior research analyst with the Minnesota State Demographic Center, helps put those numbers into perspective on a local level. We have about 100,000 fewer workers in the near term. So what that means it is an all hands on deck scenario. We can't afford to waste the talent that we have coming up in our communities. This really goes to the point of diversity. We need newcomers as well. We need them to fulfill job requirements we have. Communities that are more welcoming to them will fare better, said Egbert. It's just a new era in our country's history - not unlike different eras - but just another cast of characters. 

Liberians in US worry about Ebola outbreak 
July 29, 2014 - By Amy Forliti, MPR news. 

Minnesota is home to about 17 percent of the United States' Liberian population, the largest in the country, according to Minnesota State Demographer Susan Brower. The census Bureau estimates there are 6,000 and 10,000 people with Liberian ancestry in the state, according to data gathered between 2010 and 2012.

Sudanese immigrants make their home in Rice County 
May 30, 2014 - By Cristeta Boarini, Faribault Daily News. 

James Khat is a tall man with a big smile. For 18 years, Khat lived in refugee camps, and immigrated to Minnesota in 2000. ... Sometimes, with immigrant populations, self-reporting on things like census data is very low, said Andi Egbert, a senior research analyst with the State Demographer's Office. If we look at Department of Health Data from 2006-2010, 418 babies were born to Sudanese mothers. The population grows from births, this is just one piece of the puzzle, Egbert said. 


Area rural counties buck trend, add population 
May 22, 2014 - By Chris Hubbuch, LaCrosse Tribune. 

The Coulee Region of western Wisconsin is growing, bucking a trend of slow decline in rural communities. ... "Places that are gaining are gaining very quickly; places that are losing are losing slowly," said Andi Egbert, senior researcher at the Minnesota State Demographic Center. In rural counties, "it's a continuation of a long story line. Places have been emptying out very slowly, like a slow leak over five or six decades." 

War on Poverty debate: By the numbers, there's little argument in Minnesota 
April 30, 2014 - By Cynthia Boyd, MinnPost. 

Have the lives of the poor in Minnesota improved since LBJ declared war on poverty? And how many still need help? To help answer those questions, MinnPost asked state demographer Susan Brower to compare poverty numbers from 1960, the closest U.S. Census data collection to LBJ's declaration of war, to Minnesota's most recent statistics from 2010-2012.

Demographer: Aging population impacting us all 
April 25, 2014 - Jodelle Greiner, Fairmont Sentinel.

The population is getting older and rural counties like Faribault County have been shrinking, said Susan Brower, state demographer, but it's not all bad news. Brower spoke at a meeting for elected officials and others in government and the school system Thursday at the Public Safety Building in Blue Earth. Her office tracks the state population to estimate the funding formula and has noticed the aging of the population is beginning to affect Minnesota and the nation. The aging population is fundamental to who we are and where we're going in the future, Brower said.


Drawn to urban areas, 100,000 more people call Twin Cities home
March 27, 2014 - By David Peterson, Star Tribune.

The Twin Cities gained more than 100,000 residents between 2010 and 2013, an increase fueled by a continued boom in urban population growth, new U.S. Census Bureau estimates say. In a remarkable role reversal, the Twin Cities suburbs, long the main driver of growth, have cooled off to the point where they account for just over a third of metro population growth, as opposed to 84 percent last decade. But they, too, are showing signs of a modest rebound as overall growth increases. 


Aging baby boomers create challenges, opportunities for the future in Steele County and beyond
December 28, 2013 - By Peter Byrne, Owatonna People's Press.

Face it, we're getting grayer by the day. Even a cursory peek at the demographics show that Steele County, the State of Minnesota and the nation as a whole are getting older. And that fact of the graying of America will be driven home this coming year when the youngest of the baby boomers - that generation born immediately after World War II, from 1946 to 1964 - turns 50 years old.

Workforce needs: Immigration has been in Minnesota's favor, but other trends are not
July 31, 2013 - By the Editorial Board, Star Tribune.

Local employers have long said it's difficult to recruit new employees to Minnesota and it's a hard place to convince them to leave. That anecdotal report is due for an update. The Minnesota State Demographic Center recently detected a reversal in that long-standing trend. Between 2007 and 2010 - the Great Recession - Minnesota experienced a drain of college-educated talent relative to other states. The numbers were small - a net loss of only 1,336 people with baccalaureate or graduate college degrees. But the last time migration trends within the United States among the state's college educated people were measured, in 1995 to 2000, Minnesota registered a net gain of 2,327.
State demographer Brower gracefully operates in Gillaspy's long shadow
September 25, 2012 - By Kevin Featherly, Finance & Commerce.

Susan Brower loves her data. But the new state demographer did not realize that until approaching her 30s. I think I started seeing demographics as this underlying force for a lot of social and economic changes, she says. Brower, a bright, personable female GenXer from Minneapolis, has replaced Tom Gillaspy, the gregarious, drawling, poetry-writing male baby boomer from Houston, Texas, who held the job for three decades.

We could count on him: After more than three decades of compiling statistics on Minnesotans, state demographer Tom Gillaspy's No. 1 priority is his retirement
April 16, 2012 - By Jeff Strickler, StarTribune.

For a man who spent his career sorting and classifying people into categories, Tom Gillaspy is hard to pigeonhole. Gillaspy, who retired in March after 33 years as state demographer, is the first to admit that he doesn't fit the career's stereotype of an introverted number-cruncher who is happiest when digging through mounds of data. A lot of them are like that, he conceded. It tends to be a quiet profession. And then there's Gillaspy: an outgoing, people person with diverse interests -- from gardening to hiking, writing poetry to teaching -- that have exploded into a post-retirement schedule that keeps him on the run.


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