Lissa Jones, MCF’s new director of diversity, equity and inclusion, wrote a great post here last week, Diversity and Donors of the Future, which I was reminded of today.
We know our communities are becoming more diverse. We’ve seen the statistics and the faces that represent the changing demographics.
Still, when I came across this map of demographic change in the Twin Cities metropolitan area between 2000 and 2010, the visual representation made a decade of change easier for me to really see.
The new map of the Twin Cities, published by the National Journal, is based on America’s Racially Diverse Suburbs: Opportunities and Challenges, a report released earlier this summer by the University of Minnesota’s Institute on Metropolitan Opportunity.
Some of the overall findings of the report include:
- Suburban communities are now at the cutting edge of racial, ethnic and even political change in America.
- Racially diverse suburbs are growing faster than their predominantly white counterparts.
- Diverse suburban neighborhoods now outnumber those in their central cities by more than two to one.
- Forty-four percent of suburban residents in the 50 largest U.S. metropolitan areas live in racially integrated communities, which are defined as places between 20 and 60 percent non-white.
Findings specific to Minneapolis-St. Paul are summarized here (PDF).
Take a look. It’s a one-click opportunity to see ten years of demographic changes.
- Susan Stehling, MCF communications associate