State demographer provides snapshot of economic disparities

Minnesota State Demographer Susan Brower dove into details of the state’s changing demographics with a closer look at the economic conditions of Minneapolis residents during a presentation Thursday before a City Council committee.

In the city and across the state, diverse groups are driving population growth. In Minneapolis, about 40 percent of residents are people of color compared to just over 20 percent in 1990.

The state’s black population has grown by 100,000 people since 2000, according to Brower’s presentation.

While much attention has been focused on the state’s significant racial disparities, Brower noted that within the state’s black population there are many different groups that have unique economic situations.

Roughly 40 percent of the state’s black residents are immigrants — about 16 percent from Somalia. Somali Minnesotans also experience poverty at higher rates than other black Minnesotan with 58 percent living in poverty compared to 38 percent of the black population as a whole.

“It’s really a complex story — many different groups exist here in Minnesota and Minneapolis, and that’s part of our strength,” Brower said. “But some of the solutions to closing the economic disparities may need to be tailored to the specific conditions and contexts of these different groups.”

Here’s a look at some of the key stats Brower presented to the Council’s Intergovernmental Relations Committee.