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Minnesota Index: Immigration in Minnesota

Estimated number of 2014 Minnesota residents who were born in foreign countries         428,000

            As percent of the state’s total population      7.1

Estimated number of 1920 Minnesota residents were born in foreign countries    489,979

            As a fraction of the state’s total population   20

Percent of current foreign-born residents who are also naturalized U.S. citizens    45

Percent of Twin Cities’ residents in 2012 who were born in foreign countries                     11.9
            Percent in 1970           2.7

Percent of Greater Minnesota residents in 2012 who were born in foreign countries                    3.9
            Percent in 1970           2.2

Percent increase in Minnesota’s foreign-born population since 1990          300

Estimated number of immigrants who arrived in Minnesota between 2008 and 2012       24,000

Percent of Minnesota children under age 20 with at least one immigrant parent  16.67

            Percent under age 5   20

Percent of foreign-born Minnesotans who live below the poverty line        20.8

            Percent who work       72

            Percent who do not have a high school degree or GED         26

            Percent who have an advanced degree         15.5

            Percent who do not speak English      6.8

            Percent who speak English well or very well 58.3

            Percent who own a home       46.8

            Percent who rent a home       53.2

Year the Twin Cities metropolitan area is expected to no longer have a racial majority by           2100

SOURCES: Minnesota State Demographic Center, Minnesota on the Move: Migration Patterns & Implications; Minnesota State Demographic Center, Demographic Overview of Minnesota, Presentation to foreign journalists, in collaboration with the U.S. Department of State’s Foreign Press CenterMinnesota COMPASS overview; Minnesota COMPASS population by nativity

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