Category: Research & Publications

The State of Rural MN explained, pt 2

With population growth expected to slow and workforce already short in many parts of Minnesota, population and population projections are worth paying attention to. The Center’s research associate Kelly Asche, author of this year’s State of Rural Minnesota report, breaks down the population change patterns across the state in this week’s RuralMN Radio. ...

State of Rural Minnesota, 2018

Each year, the Center for Rural Policy and Development produces the State of Rural Minnesota report, a brief update on the economy and demography of rural Minnesota. As policy discussions concerning rural Minnesota unfold, it is important to understand the past, present, and potential futures of our rural regions.

A Snapshot of Open Enrollment Trends in Rural Minnesota

The number of students choosing to open enroll in Greater Minnesota has been trending upward consistently since the policy was developed, but within the last ten years, these patterns have been intensifying, and in such a way that they are impacting how districts plan their programming, busing, and finances.

Child care’s quiet crisis: an update

  Last year’s report, “A Quiet Crisis: Minnesota’s Child Care Shortage,” raised a major conversation on the child care shortage facing all of Minnesota and the impact it is having on just not families but also on employers and the economy. A year later, we’re revisiting the issue with a two-page update, “Child Care’s Quiet ...