Mn Median Age Map

Map Monday: Minnesota Changes to Median Age

Via peerless local cartographer Scott Shaffer’s Twitter feed, here are some maps showing the median age of Minnesotans by county.

Here’s the fascinating 2010 map:


Mn Median Age Map

And here’s the map showing how median ages have changed from 1980 to 2010.

Mn Median Age Map 2

As you can see, there are distinct patterns when it comes to the metro area versus greater Minnesota, and that is especially true when you look up at the northern iron range area. In greater Minnesota, the “young” counties are pretty much limited to college towns and American Indian reservations.

It makes me think that the much-talked-about “urban rural divide” is probably better described as a generation gap. We’re seeing a much stronger pattern of older people living in rural areas, and younger people living in urban ones. That, as much as than anything else, might explain the growing social and political divergence in the state’s political geography.

Bill Lindeke

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Bill Lindeke has writing blogging about sidewalks and cities since 2005, ever since he read Jane Jacobs. He is a lecturer in Urban Studies at the University of Minnesota Geography Department, the Cityscape columnist at Minnpost, and has written multiple books on local urban history. He was born in Minneapolis, but has spent most of his time in St Paul. Check out Twitter @BillLindeke or on Facebook.