Minnesota’s Children: Know the Numbers

Get to know the kids that call the great state of Minnesota home.  Here are some quick statistics of the 1.2 Million kids that live here.

  • 1,281,200 children live in Minnesota
  • 949,156 are White, non-Hispanic
  • 92,531 are Black
  • 98,416 are Hispanic
  • 67,231 are Asian/Pacific Islander
  • 17,948 are American Indian/Alaska Native

Education in Minnesota
Annual expenditure per public school pupil $11,088. This is 18th among states in per pupil expenditures.The District of Columbia is best; Utah is the worst state.
[*1st represents the best state for children and 51st represents the worst state for children in the country]

Public school 4th Graders:

  • unable to read at grade level 64.7%
  • unable to do math at grade level 47.1%

Public school 8th Graders: 

  • unable to read at grade level 60.7%
  • unable to do math at grade level 52.4%

Number of 16- to 19-year-olds who have dropped out of high school 10,594

Child Hunger in Minnesota

  • Number of children who receive SNAP (food stamps) 197,000
  • Percent of eligible persons who receive SNAP (food stamps) 62%
  • Number of children in the School Lunch Program 630,570
  • Number of children in the Summer Food Service Program 74,691
  • Number of women and children receiving WIC (Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children) 131,187

All stats are from the Children’s Defense Fund State Fact Sheet — This fact sheet contains the most recent data as of January 26, 2012. For data sources and methodological notes, please visit: http://www.childrensdefense.org/cits.

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