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Demographics: A Growing and Increasingly Diverse Population

Minnesota’s growing population of 5.5 million people is increasing in racial diversity.

Current population projections show growth in racial diversity that exceeds the national average. The Twin Cities population is projected to grow from 3.58 million in 2017 to 3.74 million by 2027, an increase of nearly 164,000. This amounts to 5 percent growth, compared to 4 percent growth nationally.

Statewide Projected Population Growth (By Percentage) 2005-2035

Race & Ethnicity

  • In Minnesota, non-Hispanic or Latino white people make up about 81 percent of the population, while people of color (those who identify as a race other than White alone, and/or those who are non-white) currently make up about 19% of the state’s total population. In the Twin Cities (7-county) area, people of color make up 24 percent of the population.

090 Cultural Diversity

  • All race groups have grown recently in Minnesota, but between 2010 and 2015, the high growth rates of people of color populations far exceed those of the non-Latino White population. Populations of color are more likely to live in metro areas than rural areas.

  • Between 2005 and 2035, Minnesota’s population is expected to increase by 24 percent statewide. In particular, the state’s populations of color are expected to grow by 121 percent. By 2035, the state’s population is expected to be 6.4 million, with about one-quarter represented by people of color.

  • In 2016, the percentage of working-age people with disabilities who were looking for work was 7.4 percent. Comparatively, the percentage of working-age people without disabilities actively looking for work was 18.8 percent. The average percentage of people of color working-age people who reported a disability was 11.98 percent compared to 8.5 percent of white working-age people.
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