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Media release
Minnesota`s youth became more diverse in 1990s

Description: Announces the release of a new report
Date: April 6, 2004
Subject(s): Demography; Children
Publisher: Minnesota Department of Administration
Contact: Susan Brower, 651-201-2472; State Demographer

Minnesota’s children became more diverse in the 1990s, according to a new Census report by the State Demographic Center, Department of Administration. Minnesota’s population under 18 years of age grew more slowly than the total population in the 1990s, but nearly all of the growth in the number of children was due to increases in the number of children reporting non-white race or Latino origin. The report, based on 1990 and 2000 Census data, finds that more children live with a single parent, but fewer children live below the poverty line. Poverty rates dropped for all races and Latino ethnicity, but poverty rates for minority children continue to be much higher than for white, non-Latino children. Children living with a single mother, regardless of race or ethnicity, are far more likely to be poor than children living with two parents. Minority children are less likely to graduate from high school, with the highest dropout rates found among Latino teens. Preschool enrollment is much lower for Hmong and Latino children. “Minnesota’s children benefited from the economic good times in the 1990s, but clearly minority children continue to lag behind their white, non-Latino peers in access to education,” said Tom Gillaspy, State Demographer.

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