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We learned from the 2010 Census that Minnesota’s population became more diverse between 2000 and 2010.   Immigrants settling in   Minnesota are driving this new diversity, and as their children come of   age and start their own families, Minnesota communities will likely   become still more diverse.We’ve been profiling some of those   young people as part of our yearlong project on rural youth in   Minnesota. Today we take a look at their numbers and what the Census can   tell us about the overall diversity of the communities they’re living   in.We’ve created an interactive map that focuses on people under 18 who were listed on the 2010 Census   forms as being only Hispanic, Asian, or “black, African American, or   Negro.”
In rural areas especially, anecdotal and demographic studies suggest that these are likely to be immigrants.Click on your county or any other Minnesota county and you’ll see how many young people of each group are living there. Here’s the map. Click away!
For a full explanation of the data included in the map, read Where are the immigrant youth in rural Minnesota?

We learned from the 2010 Census that Minnesota’s population became more diverse between 2000 and 2010. Immigrants settling in Minnesota are driving this new diversity, and as their children come of age and start their own families, Minnesota communities will likely become still more diverse.

We’ve been profiling some of those young people as part of our yearlong project on rural youth in Minnesota. Today we take a look at their numbers and what the Census can tell us about the overall diversity of the communities they’re living in.

We’ve created an interactive map that focuses on people under 18 who were listed on the 2010 Census forms as being only Hispanic, Asian, or “black, African American, or Negro.”

In rural areas especially, anecdotal and demographic studies suggest that these are likely to be immigrants.

Click on your county or any other Minnesota county and you’ll see how many young people of each group are living there. Here’s the map. Click away!

For a full explanation of the data included in the map, read Where are the immigrant youth in rural Minnesota?

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I have always valued a sense of place. For me, the churches scattered throughout town, the local newspaper, the college, the cafes and barber shops, the old neighborhoods, the amateur sports and the people – white collar and blue, natives and new immigrants – represent a tangible place with its own character.

Sure, modern life has made the world smaller (think email, Twitter and Facebook) and more alike (yes, Wal-Mart), chipping away at those things that make small towns unique. But enough of that local flavor exists to separate small towns from suburban conformity or big-city anonymity.

In many ways, the idea of place – in a world of constant change, mobility and striving – is an important element of identity.

Journalist Gregg Aamot, from his MinnPost missive Years away offer a fresh perspective on what rural towns have to offer — and what they don’t

The post elicited a thoughtful ‘amen’ from Hibbing’s Aaron Brown, who blogs at Minnesota Brown:

In an information economy the only real value is identity and authenticity. Small towns and tucked-away regions like the Range offer something unlike the traditional, increasingly homogenized American experience. The richness of people’s stories may be traced generations, adding meaning beyond the here and now. This is endlessly frustrating to some, but deeply meaningful to people like Aamot, myself and many of you who read this blog. 

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