ST. PAUL, Minn. (Oct. 24, 2011) — Wilder Research today released at-a-glance profiles for Saint Paul and Minneapolis neighborhoods that provide information about:
• Population trends and demographics including age, ethnicity, education level, and income
• Housing occupancy and stability
• Employment opportunities
They present the information in a user-friendly, printable format for residents, grass-roots organizations, community groups, and others interested in the health of their community and are available at www.mncompass.org/twincities/neighborhoods.php.
The neighborhood profiles, developed in partnership with the McKnight Foundation, are an enhancement of the Minnesota Compass project, a quality-of-life project that provides data at the state, region and county levels, as well as for the larger cities in Minnesota. Minnesota Compass is led by Wilder Research and funded by a collaborative of foundations.
“This valuable partnership with McKnight to develop neighborhood profiles was formed because they understood that improving quality of life requires not just institutional action, but also resident action, and residents need good tools to take action effectively,” said Dr. Paul Mattessich, Executive Director of Wilder Research and Director of Minnesota Compass. “We have been pleased to work with McKnight and we appreciate their partnership and support of this initiative.”
There are profiles for each of Saint Paul’s 17 planning districts and 87 Minneapolis neighborhoods. Eleven Minneapolis community profiles (groupings of several neighborhoods) are also available. Because many of the indicators come from the U.S. Census, the data can be compared at the county, state, and even national level. The data file with margins of error and source information is also available.
Sarah Hernandez, program officer in McKnight’s Region and Communities program area, noted appreciation for the collaborative spirit that Wilder and McKnight built into shaping the new profiles, saying “Through meetings, advisory groups, and more informal pathways, we gathered input into exactly what was most needed to best serve our grantees and other partners, and ultimately our communities.”
Wilder Research, part of the Amherst H. Wilder Foundation in Saint Paul, is one of the nation’s largest nonprofit research and evaluation centers dedicated to the field of human services. Wilder Research issues more than 150 reports per year that help improve the community’s understanding of major social issues and identify effective ways to strengthen individuals, families and communities.