SDOH data

Demographic and Socio-Demographic Data for Minnesota Counties

A health equity analysis often requires that you describe your community's demographics and identify populations that may be vulnerable to health inequities (Population Step). Below are links to MDH website that include demographic and socio-demographic data by county.

MDH websites with social determinants of health data by county:

  • Environmental Public Health Tracking Portal – launched in 2011, the MDH Tracking provides public access to interactive charts, maps, and queries on over 18 health and environment topics, including poverty and income, health insurance (coverage), asthma, cancer, lead poisoning, and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).  Data on this portal may be used to evaluate statewide trends for health by race/ethnicity, age, gender, income and other factors.  For example the Tracking Portal includes estimates overweight and obesity by education levels for Minnesota.
  • Minnesota County Health Tables - The County Health Tables include demographic (e.g. population by race and age) and socio demographic (e.g. poverty, graduation rate and owner-occupied housing) data by state, county and community health board).
  • Minnesota Vital Statistics Trend Reports - The Trend Report presents demographic and socio demographic data in 5-year trends. Data include unemployment rates, per capita income and high school drop out rate. These data are available for the state, county and community health boards.

Other Websites

US Census American FactFinder

American FactFinder provides access to data about the United States, Puerto Rico and the Island Areas. The data in American FactFinder come from several censuses and surveys. Data are available by various geographic regions including state, county, county subdivision and census tract. FactFinder includes static fact sheets and an interactive query tool.

Minnesota County Maps on Poverty, Income and Economic Opportunity (MN Budget Project)

A portfolio of Minnesota maps at the county level that includes housing costs, employment, poverty and income inequality.

CDC Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion - Social Determinants of Health Maps

This site includes nationwide maps by county of levels of poverty, unemployment, high school education and health insurance.

Minnesota Child Well-Being Indicators

This Minnesota Department of Human Services interactive website provides citizens with tools to compare Minnesota counties on 10 performance measures related to the well-being of children and families.  Content areas are adoption, child protection, foster care, child support, family assistance and food support, plus various social and economic factors. Three different types of customized reports are available:  multi-year trends of a single measure, single county profiles of all 10 performance measures and county rankings of a single performance measure

Wilder Foundation of MN - Unequal Distribution of Health in the Twin Cities 2010

This report by the Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota Foundation and Wilder Research finds that health and life expectancy are strongly connected to median area income, neighborhood conditions, education and race.



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Updated Monday, April 25, 2016 at 04:10PM