New maps affirm old disparities, segregation in Twin Cities

(Images courtesy of Wilder Research) Above, data compiled from the 2010 census show the highest concentration areas of Twin Cities residents 65 years of age and older.

Minnesota Compass, funded through the Amherst H. Wilder Foundation, released an interactive map this week using the most recent census data for Minneapolis and St. Paul. The data shows distinct boundaries in the sister cities, separating neighborhoods based on age, ethnicity, income, education and poverty levels.

Most interestingly, when compared side by side, many of the maps reflect inverse patterns that reinforce well-known disparities for communities of color and immigrant communities, as well as distinct segregated boundaries in the metro area.

Editor's note: If you wish to view the maps more closely, follow the above link to Minnesota Compass' website to look at the interactive map.

“The maps reveal some very interesting residential patterns,” said Dr. Craig Helmstetter, Wilder Research senior research manager and project manager of Minnesota Compass in a press release. “For example, did you know that the median household income of Minneapolis’ neighboring North Loop and Near North neighborhoods differ by about $70,000? Or that 30 percent of those living in Saint Paul’s Thomas-Dale neighborhood were born outside of the U.S., compared with only 7 percent right next door in the Como neighborhood?”

Each map profile provides for all 87 Minneapolis neighborhoods, 11 Minneapolis communities, and 17 neighborhoods in St. Paul.

Percent of color vs. Median household income


Percent of color vs. Percent in poverty


Percent of color vs. Percent foreign born


Adults without a high school diploma vs. Adults with a college degree

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  • Is there any way to slow down the switching back and forth between graphics? I want to study them, but can't. - by Tib Shaw on Sat, 08/16/2014 - 9:39am
  • This is so interesting. - by Jessica Brooks on Mon, 08/18/2014 - 12:19pm
  • Super interesting, thanks for sharing. There's a lot that needs to be done. - by Elizabeth Patton on Fri, 08/15/2014 - 5:28pm
  • I think the challenge is that with all stats thesee seem to be prepared in isolation. To get to the real answers we have to ask real question s 1. Just focusing in one area to stop over complicating this let's look at the average duration of home ownership . How long have the folks lived in that home? Keep in mind that some homes are passed generationally to children that isn't really a change in ownership. This would tell us about the opportunity of diversity to increase. If there was only a 1 percent chance and only a half percent change. Then I would say things are becoming more diverse albeit not at the rate some would like. Point is there are a lot better ways to really examine this issue, other than what we are doing. The stats above seem like they are trying to prove a point rather than answer questions. - by Robert Kick on Mon, 08/18/2014 - 11:24am
  • What I would like to see is the data in a more granular way. Previous Wilder reports showed data by block. For neighborhood planning purposes, it is very important to recognize that low income areas in Union Park, St. Paul, for example, are in two clusters-- near the colleges and near the rail. - by David Rasmussen on Sat, 08/16/2014 - 2:07pm
  • this is important information we as citizens need to be better informed about the realities in our neighborhoods and city - by Steve Clemens on Sat, 08/16/2014 - 8:26am
  • I'm Scotch Irish, English, and German with olive skin. What percent of color am I? - by Susan Harley Nordvall on Sat, 08/16/2014 - 10:56pm

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