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Saint Paul, Minnesota

The capital city of Minnesota is Saint Paul (please see the above image). This state is the 14th largest (79,627 square miles) and the 21st most populous among the 50 United States and capital district. Black or African American is the second largest race after White in this state. Majority of occupations in Minnesota is management and professional (37.50%), followed by sales and office (25.10%).

State Stats and Facts

  1. Minnesota is often referred to as the Butter Country, Gopher State, Land of Lakes and North Star State
  2. Minnesota has one of the highest rate of homeownership (73.00% compared to USA median 65.50%)
  3. Minnesota has one of the highest life expectancy at birth (81 vs. national average 79)
  4. Minnesota has one of the lowest number of teenagers not in school and not working (4.10% vs. country average 7.95%)
  5. Minnesota has one of the highest number of high school graduate (91.90% whilst national average 85.70%)

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Total population compared to the USA
Population distribution by race or ethnicity
Female vs male population
Education, home ownership and poverty rate
Land area, population density and life expectancy
Unemployment rate and occupation types
Business ownerships
Production and sales per business sector

Population Charts

Data from 2013 shows Minnesota population was 5,420,380 which ranks the 21st of the 50 United States and capital district. The most populous city in Minnesota is Minneapolis. In this part, you’ll learn various state profiles on population by race, age and gender.


Total population compared to the USA

Between April 1, 2010 and July 1, 2013, net population change is 2.20%. This is lower than national average, which is 2.40%. Minnesota population represents only 1.71% of the entire population in the USA as featured in the following chart.

Minnesota total population compared to the USA

Population distribution by race or age

Census 2013 shows the following five races or ethnicities representing population in Minnesota (sortedin descending order):

  • White ancestry 86.20%
  • Black or African American 5.70%
  • Asian ethnicity 4.50%
  • Others (two or more races) 2.30%
  • American Indian and Alaska Native 1.30%
  • Native Hawaiian and other Pacific Islander 0.10%

The following chart compares Minnesota population distribution to national average:

Comparison of Minnesota population distribution by rate or ethnicity to USA average

Based on Census QuickFacts 2013, 6.40% of Minnesota population are under 5 years old, 23.60% are under 18 years and 13.90% are 65 years or older. Furthermore 10.60% of Minnesota population (over the age of five) speak language other than English at home, which is lower than the US average of 20.50%.

Female vs male population

Female population in 2013 is 50.30% which is slightly more than male population. Minnesota female population number ranks the 36th nation-wide. USA’s average female population is 50.80% whereas male population average is 49.20%.  The following chart shows comparison of female and male population between Minnesota and the USA.

Female and male population in Minnesota vs USA average

Demographics Charts

In this section, you’ll find a collection of statistical profiles on education, property ownerships, poverty, land area, population density and life expectancy.  For analysis purposes, each state data is compared to national average.  Data is sourced from last census.

Education, home ownership and poverty rate

In the chart below, you’ll find:

  • Rate of high school graduates is 91.90% which is higher than US median of 85.70%
  • Rate of bachelor’s degree is 32.20%, higher than national median of 28.50%
  • Home ownership rate is 73.00% which is higher than US median of 65.50%
  • People who live below poverty rate is 11.20% which is lower than US median of 14.90%

Data is obtained from Census 2008-2012.

Comparison of Minnesota Education, Home Ownership and Poverty to USA average

Land area, population density and life expectancy

Featured on the table below is:

  • Land area is 2.25% of total land area
  • Minnesota has less population density than the USA average (66.6 people per square mile vs 87.4)
  • Life expectancy in Minnesota is higher by 2.19 years than national average

Data is based on Census 2010.

Minnesota land area, population density & life expectancy
Demographic Attribute Minnesota USA
Land area (square miles) 79,626.74 3,531,905.43
Population density (people per square mile) 66.6 87.4
Life expectancy (years) 81.1 78.9

Unemployment rate and occupation types

Minnesota unemployment rate (May 2013 to June 2014) is 3.90% (lower than national average). Minimum wage in Minnesota is $8.00 per hour, which ranks the 12nd highest among the states.  The table and chart below show various occupation types based on data obtained from 2010.

Occupation types in Minnesota based on Census 2010
Occupation Minnesota USA
Management or professional-related job 37.50% 34.90%
Service-related job 15.40% 17.10%
Sales and office job 25.10% 25.50%
Farming, fishing, and forestry 0.70% 0.70%
Construction, extraction, maintenance and repair 8.00% 9.30%
Production, transportation and material moving 13.30% 12.50%
Comparison of Minnesota Occupation Types to USA Average

With regard to travel time to work, workers in Minnesota usually took less time than US average. Data from American Community Survey shows travel time in Minnesota was 22.7 minutes on average, whereas national average was 25.4 minutes. Average travel time is obtained by calculating time required to get from home to work each day during the week.

Business ownerships

Latest census business data shows:

  • Black-owned firms 2.50%, lower than national average of 7.10%
  • American Indian and Alaska Native-owned firms 0.60%, lower than national median of 0.90%
  • Asian-owned firms 2.30%, lower than US average of 5.70%
  • Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander-owned firms S, higher than the country’s average of 0.10%
  • Hispanic-owned firms 1.00%, lower than national average of 8.30%
  • Women-owned firms 26.80%, lower than US median of 28.80%

For comparison purpose, the following chart includes data from US average.

Comparison of Business Ownership Percentage to USA Average

Production and sales

The following table and chart show manufacturers production shipments and sales figures per business area. This information highlights which specific business area Minnesota is strong at.

Manufacturers Production Shipments and Sales Figures
Description Minnesota USA
Manufacturers shipments ($1000) 107,563,060 5,319,456,312
Merchant wholesaler sales ($1000) 82,878,056 4,174,286,516
Retail sales ($1000) 71,384,103 3,917,663,456
Accommodation and food services ($1000) 10,423,660 613,795,732
Minnesota Manufacturers Production Shipments and Sales Figures

Retail spending per person is $13,751.00, which is higher than US median of $12,990.00. In 2012, number of building permits issued in Minnesota was 16,095.

Interesting Facts and Statistics (continued)

  1. Minnesota has one of the lowest number of people working in service industry (15.40% while national average 17.10%)

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