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Census shows Minnesota's diversity growing, white population sees first-ever drop


August 13, 2021

Aaron Lavinsky, Star Tribune

Ruban Urrutia and Jennifer Gerboth, both from Minneapolis, danced at a Malamanya concert.

Minnesota is becoming more diverse, with the number of white residents dropping for the first time in history, Census Bureau data released Thursday show.

The state's nonwhite population is driving Minnesota's overall population growth, and these shifts are even more pronounced in the metro area. Minnesota's demographic changes over the past decade mirror population trends across the nation, which saw the non-Hispanic white population decline and the number of people living in urban areas increase.

"Everyone knows it's coming and everyone knows we're getting more diverse," said Susan Brower, Minnesota's state demographer. "To see those [non-Hispanic white] numbers actually decline, we realize it's not coming; it's already here."


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