New maps affirm old disparities, segregation in Twin Cities


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