Visualizing Regional Inequities

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, exploring the data 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.

2023 Update. We are working on an update to this tool. We are adding more recent data, and expanding the topics and equity metrics to include ability status, income, and age. Originally slated for 2021, we hope to have this completed by December 2023. If you'd like to be notified upon its release, please contact us at research[at]

Published October 2018. 

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