General Resources on Demographic Change

Center for Small Towns
University of Minnesota, Morris
The Center for Small Towns is a community outreach program located on the University of Minnesota, Morris campus. The center’s mission is to focus the University’s attention and resources toward assisting Minnesota’s small towns with local issues by creating applied learning opportunities for faculty and students. Projects include identifying gaps between employers with entry-level positions and potential employees, and demonstrating the value of culture and education in the Hispanic community in the Long Prairie-Grey Eagle area. As a member of the Minnesota Data Network, the center offers access to data, as well as training materials on accessing and analyzing data.
Contact the Center for Small Towns
Ben Winchester, Coordinator, Data Analysis & Research
(320) 589-6451
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Experts @ Minnesota
A gateway to University of Minnesota faculty and staff experts.
Aging Population:
- Robert L. Kane, Faculty, Public Health, School of Public Health, (612) 624-1185,
Engaging Younger Generations:
- Harry C. Boyte, Senior Fellow, Politics and Governance, Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs,
- John L. Sullivan, Professor, Political Science, College of Liberal Arts, (612) 624-4305,
- Katherine Fennelly, Professor, Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs,
- Erin Kelly, Assistant Professor, Sociology, College of Liberal Arts, (612) 624-0228,
Population and Demographic Change:
- John Fraser Hart, Professor, Geography, College of Liberal Arts, (612) 625-4026
- Steven Ruggles, Professor, Minnesota Population Center, College of Liberal Arts, (612) 624-5818,
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Minnesota Data Center
The Minnesota Data Center is part of a national network of state data centers and business and industry data centers affiliated with the Census Bureau. Affiliates across the state provide access to census, economic and demographic data as well as consultation and referrals.
Contact the Minnesota Data Center
(651) 296-2557
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Minnesota Population Center
University of Minnesota, Twin Cities
The Minnesota Population Center (MPC) is a University-wide interdisciplinary cooperative for demographic research. MPC is housed in the Office of the Vice President for Research. The MPC serves sixty faculty members and research associates from ten colleges and nineteen departments at the University of Minnesota, and employs nearly a hundred research support staff. As a leading developer and disseminator of demographic data, MPC also serves a broader audience of some 25,000 demographic researchers worldwide.
Contact the Minnesota Population Center
Katherine McKee, Associate Administrator
(612) 626-3920
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Minnesota Regional Development Organizations
Regional development organizations were first created in the 1960s as multi-county planning and development districts. Today, over 300 are in existence across the country. In Minnesota, 11 regional development organizations encourage cooperation between citizens, local government officials and the private sector. Regional development organizations are especially equipped to serve rural areas.
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Racial Equity Resource Directory
Minnesota Compass and The Saint Paul Foundation have a goal to help create an anti-racist community—a more equitable, just, and open society in which everyone feels safe, valued, and respected. They launched a racial equity resource directory that can assist organizations and individuals to take action to end racism.
Access the racial equity resource directory

State Demographic Center
International Immigration and Foreign-Born Population
The Minnesota State Demographic Center offers information and resources specific to immigration in the state. Information on where to obtain and how to work with immigration data is featured.
Contact the State Demographic Center
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University of Minnesota Extension
In addition to translating scientific knowledge into useful, practical programs and materials, UMN Extension facilitates learning and developmental processes necessary for change in communities across the state. Faculty on University campuses and at Research and Outreach Centers conduct applied research and interpret research from other scholars in response to state and local needs. Statewide extension educators offer programs that reflect local concerns. Extension works with citizens to strengthen communities and the systems that affect them, including political, economic, civic, natural resources, education, and health systems. Program priorities related to community development and vitality focus on building economic capacity, developing civic leadership, bridging the digital divide, and responding to demographic change.
Contact University of Minnesota Extension
Dick Senese, Associate Dean, Community Vitality and Public Engagement
(612) 625-2811
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