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Which Minnesota counties have the highest concentrations of foreign-born residents?

By Dante Chinni at American University and Louise Ma, Steve Melendez, John Keefe and Jenny Ye at WNYC Data News Team

The map below shows each county in the U.S. colored by the general type of community it is which was determined by the American Communities Project at American University.  The list describes overall the percentage of residents who were foreign-born; hover over each county to see the percentage for that specific county.

In Minnesota, it is not suprising that the Twin Cities has the highest percentage of foreign-born. And though it is not wholly accurate to categorize a county in this way, it does give an interesting view into the state.

Comments (2)

  1. Submitted by Paul Udstrand on 07/07/2014 - 09:10 am.

    Little confused by the labels

    Not sure Olmsted is an Exurb or Beltrami is a college town? I don’t the population data but the labels are kind of funky. Why would Lake county be more “working class” than the two counties adjoining it for instance?

  2. Submitted by Sally Sorensen on 07/07/2014 - 10:19 am.

    Little confused by definition of “Twin Cities”

    The county with the highest concentration of foreign-born residents is Nobles County, down in Southwestern Minnesota. Hennepin and Ramsey Counties follow, but then Watonwan County (South Central Minnesota) and Olmsted (not an “exurbia” of anything, but home to Minnesota’s third largest city) in Southeast Minnesota.

    What’s up with that?

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