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Media release
Minnesota's population continues to become more diverse

Description: Announces the release of new population projections by race and ethnicity for 2000-2030
Date: January 12, 2005
Subject(s): Demography; Asians; Blacks; Hispanic Americans; Indians; Minorities; Population forecasting; Race; Population and household projections
Publisher: Minnesota Department of Administration
Contact: Susan Brower, 651-201-2472; State Demographer

Minnesota’s population will continue to become more racially and ethnically diverse, according to a new report from the State Demographic Center at the Minnesota Department of Administration. Between 2005 and 2015, the nonwhite population is projected to grow 35 percent, compared to 7 percent for the white population. The Hispanic Origin population is expected to increase 47 percent.

“Minnesota is changing, though we are still less diverse than the nation,” said State Demographer Tom Gillaspy. He added that much of the rapid growth in the nonwhite and Latino population stems from migration from other states and from outside the U.S.

Nonwhites and Latinos are younger than white Minnesotans, which will continue to be true in the future. In 2015, the projections show that 19 percent of children under age 15 will be nonwhite, compared to only 5 percent of people over age 65.

The report says that by 2030, about 16 percent of Minnesotans will be nonwhite and 5 percent will be Latino. By comparison, the Census Bureau estimates that in 2003, 20 percent of Americans were nonwhite and 14 percent were of Hispanic Origin.

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