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Interactive Map: Where are Minnesota’s immigrants coming from?

We know from 2010 Census data that Minnesota is more ethnically diverse today than it was in 2000. And we know from Federal immigration data that our increasing ethnic diversity has been driven by immigration.

But where exactly are all of these immigrants coming to us from? The top five countries of origin probably won’t surprise you:

Data source: State Demographic Center

Who are the others? We rarely hear about the 450 Iraqis who have found their way here at an average pace of roughly 45 people per year or the nearly 6,000 Chinese who have settled in Minnesota since 2000.

Have a look at the interactive world map we’ve posted. Just roll your mouse over any country to see how many people made the journey from there to here between 2000 and 2009.

Want to dig a little deeper? Here’s the complete data. Click on the “visualize” button and you can create your own maps or charts. Let me know what you find — a telling pattern or something that puzzles you — in the comments below.

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Comments (5)

  1. Submitted by Kimm Kramer on 04/18/2011 - 11:18 am.

    Very nice however there is a typo for South Korea.

  2. Submitted by Jeff Severns Guntzel on 04/18/2011 - 11:43 am.

    Fixed! Thank you!

  3. Submitted by myles spicer on 04/18/2011 - 12:08 pm.

    Terrific, interesting and useful map.

  4. Submitted by Tom Johnson on 04/18/2011 - 03:33 pm.

    That’s a neat graphic. It would be very interesting to see the changing number of immigrants to Minnesota by country over the last century. I’d expect some kind of visible shift from Europe to Africa and Asia during that time.

  5. Submitted by jody rooney on 04/18/2011 - 08:55 pm.

    Well this is kind of fun but off topic.

    Somewhere in the vast state database there is an interactive map showing historic immigration trends in the state.

    Considering that’s 9 year data that really isn’t a lot of people.

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