Visualizing Regional Racial Disparities

Exploring economic disparities by race and ethnicity in U.S. metros

The Community Development Research team has produced an annual analysis of disparities by race and ethnicity on key economic measures since 2013. The findings of this research are largely consistent: While the 16-county Twin Cities metro area continues to rank highly among other U.S. metros for our impressive employment and homeownership rates and low poverty rate. However, the Twin Cities metro also has the nation’s largest disparities between white residents and residents of color in these measures. 

Despite gains for some groups on some measures, there have been no notable changes in this overall pattern. This underscores the persistence of racial and ethnic disparities in the Twin Cities metro, and their potential to further undermine the region's prosperity and economic competitiveness.

This interactive tool is an invitation to the region’s stakeholders to explore this metro-area data in new ways to inform strategies and solutions toward advancing equity and eliminating racial and ethnic disparities.


Please contact to request an accessible document of the information presented in this interactive tool.