The latest U.S. Census estimates put Minnesota’s population near the 5.5 million mark, and an expert says the number of minorities is growing four times as fast as whites. The census figures from July 2014 show that the population has increased by nearly 3 percent since the 2010 census.
Since 1960, it’s been an unstoppable population shift, and a new study from the Center for Rural Policy and Development shows a 50-year migration from rural Minnesota to the urban corridor stretching from St. Cloud through the Twin Cities and Rochester.
Politicians said the new Vikings stadium would create jobs, and Thursday we have some proof. A job fair was held at the Sabathani Community Center in north Minneapolis to connect the construction firms involved in the stadium with skilled workers. The firms aim to recruit women, minorities and veterans to work on the project, due in part to a provision of the stadium legislation which sets aside a percentage of jobs for these groups.
Four state councils that are meant to address minority concerns have been largely ineffective and should be reformed or eliminated, Minnesota’s legislative auditor said Friday. The audit cited “six overarching problems” including a lack of clear purpose for the councils, poor attendance at meetings and poor communications between the councils and other organizations that serve their communities.
The Minneapolis Public School system is reevaluating how they discipline children. This comes after some alarming numbers got the district some negative attention. Records show minority students and those with special needs are getting harsher punishments than white students. Last year, black students were suspended at a rate more than five times that of white students.
Democratic voters in Minneapolis got together this weekend to pick their preference for the city’s next mayor. They couldn’t reach a decision, but if the recent past is any indication, the next mayor of Minneapolis will be a DFLer. Of the 25 biggest U.S. cities, only Indianapolis and Fort Worth have Republican mayors.
New census figures show that minorities are driving the modest increase in Minnesota’s population. Between 2010 and 2012, Minnesota’s minority population grew by about 6 percent — faster than the population as a whole.
A conservative group says blacks and Hispanics are more likely to get admitted to the University of Wisconsin-Madison even though they have lower average test scores than whites and Asians.
In just a few lines on a spreadsheet, the latest census figures show how Minnesota could become more diverse in the coming decades.