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.

3 thoughts on “Map Monday: Minnesota Changes to Median Age

  1. Tom Quinn

    From my experience with outstate Minnesota I don’t see the politics breaking down by age any more than I do in the city. I’m fairly sure that rural young people voted for Trump as much as their elders. Young rural people may be even more resentful of their perceived slight and exploitation of urbanites. They are the ones after all who have the most to lose by lack of opportunity.

    The rural/urban issues transcend age.

  2. Mike

    I think it’s a mistake to assume the “divide” is age based just beacause of average age differences. There are plenty of young guys driving around rural MN with MAGA stickers on their pickup trucks. It’s a stronger cultural split than purely age based, with economic, racial and educational differences influencing the political priorities. .

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