Minnesota's population remarkably more diverse than 50 years ago, though still very white

Minnesota: It's not just for white people anymore.
Minnesota: It's not just for white people anymore.

During a presentation to legislators at the Capitol yesterday, Minnesota Demographer Susan Brower pointed out the significant extent to which Minnesota has become more colorful over the past five decades.

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According to the most recent demographic numbers, 17 percent of Minnesotans are "persons of color," a category including those who identified themselves on the last census as black, Hispanic, Asian, Native American, or other non-white ethic groups. In 1960, that number stood at just 2 percent.

We're still a lot whiter than the national norm, though. Across America as a whole, 36 percent of people fall into the "persons of color" category.

But Minnesota will only get more colorful in the decades to come. Brower pointed out that 25 percent of children living in the state are people of color, and our population is aging. From the Star Tribune:

The 65-and-older crowd is now the fastest-growing age group in Minnesota. By 2030, one in four of the state's citizens will be 65 or older, double the number in 2000, according to the state Department of Health. By 2040, the number of Minnesotans 85 and older will nearly triple.

As today's more-diverse-than-ever set of children gradually replace the Baby Boomer generation and then have children of their own, expect Minnesota to become more and more of a melting pot.

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