Minnesota's median income halts slide

Minnesota's median household income held steady in 2011 at about $57,000 compared with the year before, after several years of decline, the Pioneer Press reported, citing new Census data. It was aided in part by a small improvement in the employment rate, the newspaper says.

Minnesota's median household income held steady in 2011 at about $57,000 compared with the year before, after several years of decline, the Pioneer Press reported. It was aided in part by a a small improvement in the employment rate. Median household income for Minnesota was about $57,000, unchanged from 2010, according to new data from the U.S. Census Bureau's American Community Survey that was released Thursday.

In other news mined from Census data, it appears the recession was especially rough for Minnesota's young adults, who continue to experience high levels of unemployment and poverty while delaying major life events such as moving into their own place and getting married, the Star Tribune reports.

But there's some good news for twenty-somethings, the newspaper reports. Census data released Wednesday hint that hardships might have hit bottom in 2011. The unemployment rate for 22- to 24-year-olds slid slightly last year, though it remains above higher levels hit prior to the recession.

Other indicators from the Census data, too, point to improvements generally in the Minnesota economy, MPR reports.

The economy nationwide is showing other glimmers of hope in the housing market, the National Association of Realtors reported this week. On the wake of news Wednesday that home builders broke ground on more single-family homes last month, sales of previously-owned homes improved in August as well, rising at their fastest pace in more than two years, U.S. News and World Report noted.

On the heels of that news, WCCO talked to realtors about home features help sell a house fastest (think mud rooms, front porches and new appliances):

Next Up

lane-kueng-thao - edit

Trial of 3 ex-officers charged in George Floyd's death delayed to 2022

This comes after the U.S. Department of Justice filed charges against the officers last week.

Target Field

Twins: Target Field to return to 100% capacity from July 5

The Twins are increasing capacity for its May and June games, too.

Bob Kroll

Minneapolis City Council committee votes not to provide Bob Kroll defense in lawsuits

On Wednesday, the Policy and Government Oversight Committee voted to deny Kroll indemnification in four lawsuits he is named in.


Pandemic program gives eligible households $50 off monthly internet bills

The Emergency Broadband Program was passed by Congress as part of a COVID-19 relief package in December.

Twitter -  Jennifer McDermed glitch - FOX 9

FOX 9 meteorologist's glitchy, laugh-filled forecast goes viral, features on Fallon

The FOX 9 meteorologist's clip was shared on 'Jimmy Fallon' and 'GMA.'

police lights

Suspects, possibly armed, flee after gunshots and car crash in Bemidji

Police say they may be armed, and are asking the public for tips.

Kevin Fiala, Jordan Greenway

Wild blanked by Blues; playoff fate is in Colorado's hands

It comes down to the final day of the regular season.

Screen Shot 2021-05-12 at 10.04.32 PM

Number of suicides in Minnesota decreased in 2020

While the number dropped, 723 people still died by suicide last year.

Vikings fans, U.S. Bank Stadium

Ranking the most difficult games in the Vikings' 2021 schedule

The Vikings have some interesting matchups on their 17-game slate.


Energy boom pushes disposable income in the Dakotas ahead of Minnesota

The benefits of the recent oil and gas boom have pushed per capita disposable personal income in North Dakota and South Dakota ahead of Minnesota, the business Journal reports. Last year, Minnesota was at $39,257, compared to North Dakota at $42,492 and South Dakota's $41,133.

Twin Cities median home prices falling

The Minneapolis Area Association of Realtors says despite another increase in sales, the median home price in the Twin Cities dropped 9 percent to $155,000.

Income in Minnesota falls relative to other states

Minnesota's median income no longer ranks in the top ten states nationwide, and experts say it could point to a bigger trend. One analyst tells MPR it could be a sign that other states are having more success at building industries and wealth.