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Minnesota group quarters population

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Description: This report analyzes the group quarters population in Minnesota
Date: July 22, 2002
Subject(s): Demography; Population; Group quarters; Institutional population
Creator(s): Minnesota Planning (Agency). Office of the State Demographer
Contributor: David Birkholz
Publisher: Minnesota Planning (Agency); Minnesota Planning (Agency)
Contact: Susan Brower, 651-201-2472; State Demographer

  • In 2000, 135,883 Minnesotans lived in group quarters, 46 percent in institutions and 54 percent in noninstitutional settings.
  • In noninstitutional quarters, the largest population was 44,835 in college dormitories; the greatest institutionalized population was 40,506 in nursing homes.
  • Minnesota incarcerated 346 people per 100,000 population in 2000,less than half the rate of the U.S. total of 702 people per100,000.
  • For males ages 18 to 64 in Minnesota, 8.5 percent of blacks, 7.2 percent of American Indians and 0.6 percent of white, non-hispanics were in correctional institutions.
  • In 2000, 16,661 people lived in Minnesota group homes, including half-way houses for drug or alcohol abuse, homes for those with mental or physical disabilities and religious group quarters.

These are highlights of a report released this month by the State Demographic Center in Minnesota Planning. "The great majority of Minnesotans live in households," says Tom Gillaspy, State Demographer. "This report describes how the rest of us live."

Group quarters populations are divided between two categories, people in institutions and those outside of institutions. People in prisons account for a significant number of the former. According to Dean Barkley, Director of Minnesota Planning, "Historically, Minnesota has had a low incarceration rate. Even though we have added a large number of prisoners over the last decade, we still imprison a smaller percentage of the population than all but six other states."

The report discusses other trends in group quarters populations, including college dorms, nursing homes and group homes. The analysis is based on recently released data from the 2000 Census and comparable data from the 1990 Census.

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