Reports & Visual Resources

Data-driven products to further regional conversations

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These short reports (8 pages or less) add context and insight to regional data. From affordable housing production to poverty trends, MetroStats highlight key patterns in the region's development and demographics. 

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Data visualizations are discussions, allowing users to both ask and answer questions as they explore datasets. Posted regularly, our interactive analyses and dashboards aim to further unlock the power of regional data. 
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Check out the MetroStats playlist on the Council's YouTube channel for great summaries of MetroStats in under 2 minutes. We frequently present our research at Community Development Committee and regular Council meetings: check the on-demand video archive for recordings.

Other reports

CPO Cover PagePublished in 2014, Choice, Place, and Opportunity: An Equity Assessment of the Twin Cities Region is an in-depth discussion of the region's race and poverty trends in the context of housing choice. Key findings include:  
  • Income and race can limit where people live. Since residents of color living in the Twin Cities region tend to have lower incomes than whites, income is more of a constraint for people of color when it comes to housing choice. Above and beyond income, however, race still influences where residents of color live in the region.
  • Looking at the Twin Cities region as a whole, opportunities such as jobs, high-performing schools and safe neighborhoods are unevenly distributed. Because of residential patterns, white residents and people of color live in different proximity to opportunity.

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Commission-Housing-Trend-Report-Cover-(1).jpgCommissioned by the Council's Community Development Committee, Metropolitan Council Area Trends, Preferences, and Opportunities: 2010 to 2020, 2030 and 2040 discusses how the region's demographic shifts over the next three decades will affect housing preferences and development. Read the full report [PDF].