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Data-driven insights to further regional conversations that matter

New! Explore 2020 Census Data with two interactive tools 


 


New! Affordable Housing Production & Policy (2021)—Slides

View the slide deck for the affordable housing production and policy presentation from Sept 15, 2021
The results from the 2020 Affordable Housing Production Survey highlight two key issues in regional housing policy

  • The region fell short of meeting last decade's need for new affordable housing. Specifically, the region produced few units affordable for households at 30% of Area Median Income ($31,000 for a family of four in 2020), where demand is most urgent. 
  • Increasing affordable homeownership opportunities 

 

New! Residential Development Trends in 2020—slides

View the slide deck for the residential development trends presentation from Sept 15, 2021
Despite the COVID-19 pandemic pausing housing construction briefly, the number of units added to region’s housing stock in 2020 was on par with recent years. Multifamily remains the predominate housing type, but fewer age-restricted units were added in 2020. New single family homes trending upward, other housing types low and stagnant. Lastly, new housing added across region’s jurisdictions since 2010, but volume in Minneapolis sets it apart from other places.

The Twin Cities Greenhouse Gas Inventory—Interactive

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Climate change is occurring all around the world, including right here in the Twin Cities region. Minnesota has already experienced more extreme rainfall and warmer winters due to climate change, and more changes are on the way. The good news is that local jurisdictions can take meaningful action now to address climate change. The Twin Cities Greenhouse Gas Inventory summarizes the sources of emissions by jurisdiction and tracks how greenhouse gas emissions are changing over time. Explore how and where local actions and strategies can reduce future greenhouse gases. 
 

 

Climate Vulnerability Assessment (CVA)—Interactive

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The Climate Vulnerability Assessment (CVA) is a tool that can assist the Council and local planning efforts in preparing and adapting to climate change. CVA reveals what systems (infrastructure, population, operations, etc.) are most vulnerable to currently occurring and, to some extent, expected climatic changes, depending upon multiple factors.  

Learn more about the assessment and access interactive tools and stories. 




 

Regional Climate Vulnerabililty Assessment


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The long-term trends of our Minnesota climate have been changing outside the bounds of typical, temporary variations. In the years and decades ahead, winter warming and increased extreme rainfall will continue to be Minnesota’s two leading symptoms of climate change. Heat waves will also likely occur with more frequency, coverage, and duration.

The Climate Vulnerability Assessment is a tool that can assist in Council and local planning efforts in preparing and adapting to climate change. The CVA reveals what systems (infrastructure, population, operations, etc.) are most vulnerable to currently occurring and, to some extent, expected climatic changes, depending upon factors such as asset exposure, sensitivity, and adaptive capacity. Learn more about the Climate Vulnerability Assessment

The Twin Cities Greenhouse Gas Inventory

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Climate change is occurring all around the world, including right here in the Twin Cities region. Minnesota has already experienced more extreme rainfall and warmer winters due to climate change, and more changes are on the way. The good news is that local jurisdictions can take meaningful action now to address climate change. The Twin Cities Greenhouse Gas Inventory summarizes the sources of emissions by jurisdiction and tracks how greenhouse gas emissions are changing over time. Explore how and where local actions and strategies can reduce future greenhouse gases. 
 

 

Climate Vulnerability Assessment (CVA)

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The Climate Vulnerability Assessment (CVA) is a tool that can assist the Council and local planning efforts in preparing and adapting to climate change. CVA reveals what systems (infrastructure, population, operations, etc.) are most vulnerable to currently occurring and, to some extent, expected climatic changes, depending upon multiple factors.  

Learn more about the assessment and access interactive tools and stories. 




 

Residential Development Trends in 2020—slides

View the slide deck for the residential development trends presentation from Sept 15, 2021
Despite the COVID-19 pandemic pausing housing construction briefly, the number of units added to region’s housing stock in 2020 was on par with recent years. Multifamily remains the predominate housing type, but fewer age-restricted units were added in 2020. New single family homes trending upward, other housing types low and stagnant. Lastly, new housing added across region’s jurisdictions since 2010, but volume in Minneapolis sets it apart from other places.

Residential Development Patterns

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The Residential Development Patterns interactive summarizes Twin Cities juridictions' building permits for new residential construction projects since 2010. This dataset is developed from an annual survey of local governments about construction activity, and further verified with federal data sources, like the Residential Construction Branch of the Manufacturing and Construction Division of the U.S. Census Bureau. This data may be periodically updated to reflect corrections. Users can: 
  • Select a timeframe between 2010 and 2018 and a specific jurisdiction; 
  • Focus on specific housing types, like multifamily housing or single family homes
  • Narrow results to specific permit types: Were housing units added or lost? What was the net change? 
  • Map these selections for all jurisdictions in the Twin Cities region

Development data available in Community Profiles

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Our Community Profiles Tool provides trends for the seven-county region and sub-regional areas like jurisdictions, Thrive MSP 2040 Community Designations, and transit station areas. Building permits for residential and nonresidential development are available under the 'Land Use and Development' tab. 

 

Development data available in Download Data

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Our Download Data interface provides time-series data for the seven-county region and sub-regional areas like jurisdictions, Thrive MSP 2040 Community Designations, and transit station areas. Building permit data are available to download as comma-separated values files (.csv) under sections: 

  • Affordable housing production
  • Building Permits, Residential
  • Building Permits, Commercial, Industrial, Public and Institutional

2021 Update to the Regional Forecast—Slides

View the slide deck for the regional forecast update (2021)
We have updated the regional forecasts every two years since 2015, most recently in July 2021. Major demographic shifts now underway will change our region dramatically. By 2050, the region's population will be

  • more racially and ethnically diverse; and
  • significantly older

impacting the region's schools, workplaces, and housing preferences. 

Watch the video of the presentation to Metropolitan Council here


Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO)—Data


The Census Bureau has published an update of EEO Workforce Statistics: Special Tabulations, 2014-2018. This is the data collection that the federal government considers to be the official benchmark for Affirmative Action and Equal Employment Opportunity uses. We are republishing the most commonly used tables for residents and workers living in the Minneapolis-St. Paul Metropolitan Statistical Area and MN counties in a more user-friendly format. 

Separate tables count 1) jobs at workplaces based in counties or the Twin Cities metro (the "W" tables) and 2) labor force residents residing in counties or the Twin Cities metro ("R" tables). The difference between the "W" and "R" concepts is inter-county or long-distance commuters, for example, people who work in the Twin Citie metro but live elsewhere. Each of these are offered by differnt groups of occupations; from detailed (256 occupation categories), to grouped occupations (14 categories), to EEO-4 groups (eight categories): 

We recommend choosing one occupational typology. For example, government agencies preparing EEO analyses typically use the EEO-4 Job Groups (tables 6R and 6W in the current collection). An excellent comparison of the occupation typologies can be found here.
 

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Jobs and Workforce data available in Community Profiles

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Our Community Profiles Tool provides trends for the seven-county region and sub-regional areas like jurisdictions, Thrive MSP 2040 Community Designations, and transit station areas. Summarizing data from Minnesota's Department of Employment and Economic Development, Profiles have data about jobs, wages, and unemployment, 
 

 

Jobs and Workforce data available in Download Data

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Our Download Data interface provides time-series data for the seven-county region and sub-regional areas like jurisdictions, Thrive MSP 2040 Community Designations, and transit station areas. Data range from job-worker locations and forecasts,to  employment and wage data and are available to download as comma-separated values files (.csv) under sections:

  • Demographic, economic, and commuting characteristics from the U.S. Census Bureau
  • Employment forecasts
  • Employment 
  • Wages
The following links offer additional research, tools, and other information relevant to economy and workforce in the Twin Cities region. Sharing does not imply endorsement or agreement with specific research findings or policy positions.

 

Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED)

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The Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED)'s Data Center publishes a wide range of data tools and regularly updated reports on state and regional economic performance, labor markets, and other workforce and economic trends. 
 

 

GREATER MSP Partnership

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GREATER MSP Partership's Regional Economic Indicators Dashboard tracks the region’s annual change on critical economic, environmental, and social outcomes relative to 11 U.S. peer regions. 
 

 

The Center for Economic Inclusion

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The Center for Economic Inclusion is a cross-sector organization committed to strengthening the Minneapolis-St. Paul region’s civic infrastructure and collective capacity to disrupt systems and influence market forces to catalyze shared prosperity and advance an inclusive economy.

The Center and its partners developed
14 "Indicators of an Inclusive Regional Economy." Updated annually, these indicators disaggregate large regional economic trends by race and ethnicity.
 

Affordable Housing Production & Policy (2021)—Slides

View the slide deck for the affordable housing production and policy presentation from Sept 15, 2021
The results from the 2020 Affordable Housing Production Survey highlight two key issues in regional housing policy

  • The region fell short of meeting last decade's need for new affordable housing. Specifically, the region produced few units affordable for households at 30% of Area Median Income ($31,000 for a family of four in 2020), where demand is most urgent. 
  • Increasing affordable homeownership opportunities 

Twin Cities Rent Trends—Interactive

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The Twin Cities Rent Trends interactive presents rent and vacancy trends for the Twin Cities region by jurisdiction or neighborhood, where available.

Timely data on rents can be difficult and costly to obtain, and different data sources can yield significantly different values. This interactive tool allows users to:

  • View rents and vacancy rates trends between 2010 and 2019 at sub-regional levels
  • Map rental costs region-wide
  • Compare three popular data sources: Zillow, CoStar, and Rental Revue.
  • Download the dataset, based on your selections



 

 

Metropolitan Council Area Trends, Preferences, and Opportunities: 2010 to 2020, 2030 and 2040
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Commissioned by the Council's Community Development Committee in 2014, Metropolitan Council Area Trends, Preferences, and Opportunities: 2010 to 2020, 2030 and 2040 (pdf) discusses how the  demographic shifts over the next three decades in the Twin Cities region will affect housing preferences and development. 







 



 


 

Choice, Place, and Opportunity: An Equity Assessment of the Twin Cities Region

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Published 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. 
  • 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.

Twin Cities Rent Trends

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The Twin Cities Rent Trends interactive presents rent and vacancy trends for the Twin Cities region by jurisdiction or neighborhood, where available.

Timely data on rents can be difficult and costly to obtain, and different data sources can yield significantly different values. This interactive tool allows users to:
  • View rents and vacancy rates trends between 2010 and 2019 at sub-regional levels
  • Map rental costs region-wide
  • Compare three popular data sources: Zillow, CoStar, and Rental Revue.
  • Download the dataset, based on your selections



 

 

Residential Development Patterns

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The Residential Development Patterns interactive summarizes Twin Cities juridictions' building permits for new residential construction projects since 2010. This dataset is developed from an annual survey of local governments about construction activity, and further verified with federal data sources, like the Residential Construction Branch of the Manufacturing and Construction Division of the U.S. Census Bureau. This data may be periodically updated to reflect corrections. Users can: 
  • Select a timeframe between 2010 and 2018 and a specific jurisdiction; 
  • Focus on specific housing types, like multifamily housing or single family homes
  • Narrow results to specific permit types: Were housing units added or lost? What was the net change? 
  • Map these selections for all jurisdictions in the Twin Cities region

Existing Housing Assessments


Existing Housing Assessments are a useful starting point in understanding a jurisdiction's housing needs and current conditions. The data include: affordability level of existing housing units, tenure, housing types, publicly subsidized units, and housing cost burdened households. 

 

HUD Small Area Fair Market Rents for Metro HRA's service area

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The Minnesota Geospatial Commons is a collaborative place for users and publishers of geospatial resources about Minnesota. The term “geospatial resources” refers to the wide variety of data sources associated with particular geographic locations.

 

Housing data available in Community Profiles

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Our Community Profiles Tool provides trends for the seven-county region and sub-regional areas like jurisdictions, Thrive MSP 2040 Community Designations, and transit station areas. We have a wide range of housing data available in the 'Housing' tab, including housing stock and production, home values and sales, rents, tenure and vacancy. 

 

Housing data available in Download Data

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Our Download Data interface provides time-series data for the seven-county region and sub-regional areas like jurisdictions, Thrive MSP 2040 Community Designations, and transit station areas. A range of housing data are available to download as comma-separated values files (.csv) under sections: 

  • Affordable housing production
  • Building Permits, Residential
  • Demographic, economic, and commuting characteristics from the U.S. Census Bureau
  • Housing Choice Vouchers
  • Price of Existing Home Sales
  • Housing Affordability Estimates
  • Housing Stock
  • Manufactured Home Parks
  • Publicly Subsidized housing
The following links offer additional research, tools, and other information relevant to housing in the Twin Cities region. Sharing does not imply endorsement or agreement with specific research findings or policy positions.

 

HousingLink


Housinglink dot org.pngHousingLink was organized in 1997 as a 501(c)3 organization to meet the affordable housing information needs of low- and moderate-income households. HousingLink provides affordable housing-related openings, data, information and resources, including 
  • Streams, a searchable database of subsidized rental housing in the Twin Cities metro
  • Housing Counts, an annual accounting of affordable housing production and preservation in the Twin Cities Metro, in partnership with Family Housing Fund.

 

Minnesota Housing Partnership 

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Minnesota Housing Partnership's (MHP) community developers, researchers and communicators, and policy advocates strive to create timely research that advances affordable housing policy and community development. They summarize critical housing measures, like housing cost burden and changes in home values and rents, at the state, regional, and county level and by legislative districts in annual profiles, among other relevant research reports. 

 

Minnesota Housing

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Minnesota Housing is the state’s housing finance agency. They publish research reports ranging from evaluations of state programs, services, and investments to the housing needs of specific populations and key issues and trends. 

 

Community Development Research and Place-Based Equity—Slides

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Since 2014 the Council has published data and reports on the region's Areas of Concentrated Poverty as a metric of regional equity. However, researchers ask if the emphasis on concentrated poverty as an outcome fails to draw focus to the broader systems of inequality and historic root causes like racially discriminatory practices that have created and perpetuated concentrated poverty, especially among the region's communities of color.

Watch the video of the presentation to Metropolitan Council here. 

 

Choice, Place, and Opportunity: An Equity Assessment of the Twin Cities Region

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Published 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. 
  • 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.

Nothing published yet

Income and Poverty data available in Community Profiles

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Our Community Profiles Tool provides trends for the seven-county region and sub-regional areas like jurisdictions, Thrive MSP 2040 Community Designations, and transit station areas. U.S. Census Bureau data on income and poverty are available under the 'Income and Poverty' tab.


 

Income and poverty data available in Download Data

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Our Download Data interface provides time-series data for the seven-county region and sub-regional areas like jurisdictions, Thrive MSP 2040 Community Designations, and transit station areas. Income measures and wage data are available to download as comma-separated values files (.csv) under sections: 

  • Demographic, economic, and commuting characteristics
  • Wages

Growing Greener, Getting Leaner: Land Use in the Twin Cities Region (2016)

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As the Minneapolis-St. Paul region develops land to meet the residential and employment needs of its growing population, land use changes. To capture these changing patterns, the Metropolitan Council periodically takes a snapshot of existing land use, interpreted and classified from region-wide aerial photography.

The 2016 report showed two key trends
  • The Twin Cities region now has the most park and recreation acreage in its history. The preservation of agricultural land ensures opportunities will remain long-term. New development, especially for residential purposes, is mostly occurring on previously undeveloped land and at higher densities.
  • The region is "doing more with less" in that land consumption to accommodate new population and household growth has required less acreage compared with previous years and has not resulted in net losses of other land use types, like agricultural land.​

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Land use data available in Community Profiles

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Our Community Profiles Tool provides trends for the seven-county region and sub-regional areas like jurisdictions, Thrive MSP 2040 Community Designations, and transit station areas.

Developed from digital aerial photography and property information from local sources, our Generalized Land Use dataset allows users to summarize changes in urban growth and development over time. By tracking land use changes, the Metropolitan Council and local planners can better visualize development trends and anticipate future growth needs. The most current inventory was completed 2016: The next will take place in 2020, with data released in 2021.
 

 

Land use data available in Download Data


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Our Download Data interface provides time-series data for the seven-county region and sub-regional areas like jurisdictions, Thrive MSP 2040 Community Designations, and transit station areas. Current planned land use and historic land use inventories are available to download as comma-separated values files (.csv) under sections: 

  • Land use, regional planned (updated quarterly)
  • Land use inventory

Youth & Parks: Connecting Young People to the Regional Park System—Study

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The Youth & Parks study was a research collaborative of youth-serving nonprofit organizations, youth and parent/guardian participants, university students, and Council research staff to explore access, priorities, and barriers experienced by youth. 


 

 

Youth & Parks: Connecting Young People to the Regional Park System—Study

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The Youth & Parks study was a research collaborative of youth-serving nonprofit organizations, youth and parent/guardian participants, university students, and Council research staff to explore access, priorities, and barriers experienced by youth. 


 

Park Use Estimates Reports

Regional Parks and Trails Equity Tool—Interactive

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The Regional Parks and Trails Equity Tool provides an interactive interface to explore demographic data to help make choices on regional park agency planning, outreach, programming, and research. It is available for anyone who wants detailed information about demographic and housing data surrounding existing and future regional parks and trails. We encourage its use in completion of the Equity Analysis Requirement for park and trail master plans (PDF, Question 1 Project Data).

Several park datasets are available by request; please contact Darcie Vandegrift

Census Data for the Twin Cities Region—Interactive


Go to the interactive census toolThis interactive summarizes the most relevant information from the 2020 census data released on August 12, 2021, including total population counts, breakdowns of race with Hispanic/Latino ethnicity, and average household sizes. Trend data back to 1990 are available for census block groups, tracts, cities and townships, and counties. All geographic boundaries in this tool are from 2020, making it easier to see change over the decades. Borders for small areas like census tracts and block groups have changed considerably over time, and some cities have annexed parts of surrounding townships.


2021 Update to the Regional Forecast—Slides

View the slide deck for the regional forecast update (2021)
We have updated the regional forecasts every two years since 2015, most recently in July 2021. Major demographic shifts now underway will change our region dramatically. By 2050, the region's population will be

  • more racially and ethnically diverse; and
  • significantly older

impacting the region's schools, workplaces, and housing preferences. 

Watch the video of the presentation to Metropolitan Council here

Census Data for the Twin Cities Region—Interactive


Go to the interactive census toolThis interactive summarizes the most relevant information from the 2020 census data released on August 12, 2021, including total population counts, breakdowns of race with Hispanic/Latino ethnicity, and average household sizes. Trend data back to 1990 are available for census block groups, tracts, cities and townships, and counties. All geographic boundaries in this tool are from 2020, making it easier to see change over the decades. Borders for small areas like census tracts and block groups have changed considerably over time, and some cities have annexed parts of surrounding townships.

Long-range Forecasts and Population Estimates for small areas

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The Minnesota Geospatial Commons is a collaborative place for users and publishers of geospatial resources about Minnesota. The term “geospatial resources” refers to the wide variety of data sources associated with particular geographic locations.

Also, we publish simple formats (.pdf and excel files) of the most current long-range regional forecast and annual population estimates by jurisdiction on their respective web pages, or you can use the resources below to access this data.

 

Population data available in Community Profiles

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Our Community Profiles Tool provides trends for the seven-county region and sub-regional areas like jurisdictions, Thrive MSP 2040 Community Designations, and transit station areas. U.S. Census Bureau data on population characteristics are under the 'People' tab. Also under that tab are the Council's annual Population Estimates and long-range forecasts of people and households.

Population data available in Download Data

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Our Download Data interface provides time-series data for the seven-county region and sub-regional areas like jurisdictions, Thrive MSP 2040 Community Designations, and transit station areas. A range of population data are available to download as comma-separated values files (.csv) under sections: 

  • Demographic, economic, and commuting characteristics
  • Population and household estimates
  • Population and household forecasts
The following links offer additional research, tools, and other information relevant to population characteristics and population change in the Twin Cities region. Sharing does not imply endorsement or agreement with specific research findings or policy positions.

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Minnesota Compass is a social indicators project that measures progress in our state and its communities. Led by Wilder Research, Minnesota Compass provides nonpartisan, credible information and tracks trends in topic areas such as education, economy, workforce, health, housing, and a host of others.

Geographic Profiles are available for the state as a whole, the seven regions of the state, Minnesota's 87 counties, and all cities with populations of 1,000+. Each profile contains demographic information and data across Compass topic areas, drawn from U.S. Census datasets, among others.


 

Census Reporter

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Census Reporter is a funded project designed to make it easier for journalists to write stories using information from the U.S. Census Bureau—and us researchers like it too. 

Place profiles and comparison pages provide a friendly interface for navigating data, including visualizations for a more useful first look. Sve the data you’re viewing in comma-separated value (.CSV), Excel (.XLS) or a variety of geographic data formats.
 

 

IPUMS National Historical Geographic Information System at the Minnesota Population Center, University of Minnesota


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Visualizing Regional Inequities—Interactive

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Explore three decades of metro-level quality of life indicators disaggregated by race and ethnicity in the Visualizing Regional Inequities interactive. The 16-county Twin Cities metro area continues to rank highly among other U.S. metros for our impressive economic performance and relative housing affordability. However, underlying these high-level measures reveals that not all residents experience the overall successes of our metro area. Disparities in employment, poverty, income, and homeownership by race and ethnicity persist in the Twin Cities and—in some cases—are the largest nationwide.


 

Choice, Place, and Opportunity: An Equity Assessment of the Twin Cities Region

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Published 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. 
  • 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.

Visualizing Regional Inequities

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Explore three decades of metro-level quality of life indicators disaggregated by race and ethnicity in the Visualizing Regional Inequities interactive. The 16-county Twin Cities metro area continues to rank highly among other U.S. metros for our impressive economic performance and relative housing affordability. However, underlying these high-level measures reveals that not all residents experience the overall successes of our metro area. Disparities in employment, poverty, income, and homeownership by race and ethnicity persist in the Twin Cities and—in some cases—are the largest nationwide.

Disaggregated population data available in Download Data

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Our Download Data interface provides time-series data for the seven-county region and sub-regional areas like jurisdictions, Thrive MSP 2040 Community Designations, and transit station areas. A range of population characteristics, like race/ethnicity, disability status, and household incomes are available to download as comma-separated values files (.csv) under sections: 

  • Demographic, economic, and commuting characteristics

Historic Home Owners' Loan Corporation Neighborhood Appraisal Map


Screen-Shot-2020-04-18-at-1-02-26-PM.pngIn 1934, the Federal Housing Administration created a financial mortgage system that rated mortgage risks for properties based on various criteria but was centered on race and ethnicity. This rating system propagated racial segregation that in many ways persists today. 

Digitized from a photgraphic image,  this spatial allows users to compare historically characterized neighborhoods in relation to current demographic trends. The HOLC Appraisal Map is available to download at the Minnesota Geospatial Commons. 
The following links offer additional research, tools, and other information relevant to racial disparities in the Twin Cities region. Sharing does not imply endorsement or agreement with specific research findings or policy positions.

Mapping Prejudice Project, University of Minnesota 

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The Mapping Prejudice Project uses digital mapping software to organize, analyze and display historic data about the widespread practice of racially-restrictive deeds in twentieth century real estate transactions. Covenants were embedded in property deeds all over the country to keep people who were not white from buying or even occupying land. These restrictions served as powerful obstacles for people of color seeking safe and affordable housing. They also limited access to community resources like parks and schools. 
 

The Center for Economic Inclusion

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The Center for Economic Inclusion is a cross-sector organization committed to strengthening the Minneapolis-St. Paul region’s civic infrastructure and collective capacity to disrupt systems and influence market forces to catalyze shared prosperity and advance an inclusive economy.

The Center and its partners developed
14 "Indicators of an Inclusive Regional Economy." Updated annually, these indicators disaggregate large regional economic trends by race and ethnicity.

 

Disability Employment Statistics (MN DEED)

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The Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development's Labor Market Information Office publishes a bi-monthly report on the state's disability employment statistics: "In 2018, Minnesotans living with disabilities continued to face significant barriers to realizing their full economic potential."
 

PolicyLink's National Equity Atlas

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The National Equity Atlas was developed as a tool to create a more equitable, sustainable, and resilient economy. It is a comprehensive resource for data to track, measure, and make the case for inclusive growth in America’s regions, and states, and nationwide. The Atlas contains data on demographic change, racial and economic inclusion, and the potential economic gains from racial equity for the largest 100 cities, largest 150 regions, all 50 states, and the United States as a whole.

 

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The COVID-19 Traffic Tracking Tool uses traffic data from the Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT) to evaluate the impact of recent physical distancing efforts on regional and statewide travel. Using a modeling approach that relies on historical traffic data to estimate typical travel, Council researchers have shown that travel across the region’s freeways has declined in the weeks following the first COVID-19 case in Minnesota, on March 6th. This interactive is updated weekly. 

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The COVID-19 Traffic Tracking Tool uses traffic data from the Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT) to evaluate the impact of recent physical distancing efforts on regional and statewide travel. Using a modeling approach that relies on historical traffic data to estimate typical travel, Council researchers have shown that travel across the region’s freeways has declined in the weeks following the first COVID-19 case in Minnesota, on March 6th. This interactive is updated weekly. 

Transportation data available in Community Profiles

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Our Community Profiles Tool provides trends for the seven-county region and sub-regional areas like jurisdictions, Thrive MSP 2040 Community Designations, and transit station areas. U.S. Census Bureau data on transportation and commuting are under the 'Commuting' tab. 
 

 

Transportation data available in Download Data

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Our Download Data interface provides time-series data for the seven-county region and sub-regional areas like jurisdictions, Thrive MSP 2040 Community Designations, and transit station areas. A range of transportation and commuting data are available to download as comma-separated values files (.csv) under sections: 

  • Demographic, economic, and commuting characteristics
  • Travel time to selected destinations
  • Commuting data
The following links offer additional research, tools, and other information relevant to transportation in the Twin Cities region. Sharing does not imply endorsement or agreement with specific research findings or policy positions.

Center for Transportation Studies, University of Minnesota

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The Center for Transportation Studies is the hub for transportation research and education at the University of Minnesota. It supports research in many disciplines, cultivates the transportation workforce, and shares new thinking with various stakeholders and audiences.