Benton County, MN

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2019 Population
40,129
0.88% 1-year growth
US Senator
Amy Klobuchar
Democratic Party
US Senator
Tina Smith
Democratic Party
2019 Median Age
36
1.12% 1-year increase
2019 Poverty Rate
10.3%
18.2% 1-year decrease
2019 Median Household Income
$57,715
2.41% 1-year growth
2019 Median Property Value
$174,900
4.92% 1-year growth
2019 Employed Population
21,302
2.8% 1-year growth

About

In 2019, Benton County, MN had a population of 40.1k people with a median age of 36 and a median household income of $57,715. Between 2018 and 2019 the population of Benton County, MN grew from 39,779 to 40,129, a 0.88% increase and its median household income grew from $56,357 to $57,715, a 2.41% increase.

The 5 largest ethnic groups in Benton County, MN are White (Non-Hispanic) (89.9%), Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) (3.99%), Two+ (Non-Hispanic) (2.52%), White (Hispanic) (1.4%), and Asian (Non-Hispanic) (1.02%). 0% of the households in Benton County, MN speak a non-English language at home as their primary language.

97.8% of the residents in Benton County, MN are U.S. citizens.

In 2019, the median property value in Benton County, MN was $174,900, and the homeownership rate was 67.4%. Most people in Benton County, MN drove alone to work, and the average commute time was 22.1 minutes. The average car ownership in Benton County, MN was 2 cars per household.

Diversity

Benton County, MN is home to a population of 40.1k people, from which 97.8% are citizens. As of 2019, 3.94% of Benton County, MN residents were born outside of the country (1.58k people).

In 2019, there were 22.5 times more White (Non-Hispanic) residents (36.1k people) in Benton County, MN than any other race or ethnicity. There were 1.6k Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) and 1.01k Two+ (Non-Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

Race and Ethnicity

Race and Ethnicity

The 3 largest ethnic groups in Benton County, MN
  1. White (Non-Hispanic)
    36.1k ± 26
  2. Black or African American (Non-Hispanic)
    1.6k ± 222
  3. Two+ (Non-Hispanic)
    1.01k ± 256
2.44%
Hispanic Population
981 people

In 2019, there were 22.5 times more White (Non-Hispanic) residents (36.1k people) in Benton County, MN than any other race or ethnicity. There were 1.6k Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) and 1.01k Two+ (Non-Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

2.44% of the people in Benton County, MN are hispanic (981 people).

The following chart shows the 7 races represented in Benton County, MN as a share of the total population.

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Heritage

Foreign-Born Population

3.94%
2019 Foreign-Born Population
1.58k people
3.99%
2018 Foreign-Born Population
1.59k people

As of 2019, 3.94% of Benton County, MN residents (1.58k people) were born outside of the United States, which is lower than the national average of 13.7%. In 2018, the percentage of foreign-born citizens in Benton County, MN was 3.99%, meaning that the rate has been decreasing.

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Age by Nativity

36
Median Native-Born Age
± 0.6
33
Median Foreign-Born Age
± 3.5

In 2019, the median age of all people in Benton County, MN was 36. Native-born citizens, with a median age of 36, were generally older than foreign-born citizens, with a median age of 33. But people in Benton County, MN are getting getting older. In 2018, the average age of all Benton County, MN residents was 36.

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Global Diversity

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Most Common Origin
  1. Mexico
    61,794 ± 6,069 people
  2. Somalia
    35,166 ± 4,589 people
  3. India
    30,889 ± 4,303 people

In 2019, the most common birthplace for the foreign-born residents of Minnesota was Mexico, the natal country of 61,794 Minnesota residents, followed by Somalia with 35,166 and India with 30,889.

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Citizenship

97.8%
2019 Citizenship
97.8%
2018 Citizenship

As of 2019, 97.8% of Benton County, MN residents were US citizens, which is higher than the national average of 93.4%. In 2018, the percentage of US citizens in Benton County, MN was 97.8%, meaning that the rate of citizenship has been increasing.

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Military

Veterans

Most Common Service Period
  1. Vietnam
    717 ± 118
  2. Gulf War (2001-)
    504 ± 157
  3. Korea
    230 ± 60

Benton County, MN has a large population of military personnel who served in Vietnam, 1.42 times greater than any other conflict.

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COVID-19

Daily New Cases by Date

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Y-Axis

This chart shows the number of COVID-19 daily new cases by date in Minnesota, as a 7-day rolling average, compared with the four states with the most similar number of confirmed cases.

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Unemployment Insurance Claims

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This chart shows weekly unemployment insurance claims in Minnesota (not-seasonally adjusted) compared with the four states with the most similar impact.

The most recent data point uses Advance State Claims data, which can be revised in subsequent weeks.

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Employment by Industry Sector

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Y-Axis
8.45%
Year-over-year growth
Employment change between May 2020 and May 2021

As of May 2021, there are 145M people employed in Minnesota. This represents a 8.45% increase in employment when compared to May 2020.

The following chart shows monthly employment numbers for each industry sector in Minnesota.

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Community Mobility

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This chart presents movement trends over time in the state of Minnesota across different categories of places such as retail and recreation, groceries and pharmacies, parks, transit stations, workplaces, and residential.

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Economy

Median household income in Benton County, MN is $57,715. In 2019, the tract with the highest Median Household Income in Benton County, MN was Census Tract 203 with a value of $79,934, followed by Census Tract 202.02 and Census Tract 202.03, with respective values of $79,833 and $77,600.

Males in Minnesota have an average income that is 1.3 times higher than the average income of females, which is $56,881. The income inequality in Minnesota (measured using the Gini index) is 0.463, which is lower than than the national average.

The economy of Benton County, MN employs 21.3k people. The largest industries in Benton County, MN are Health Care & Social Assistance (3,920 people), Manufacturing (2,996 people), and Retail Trade (2,887 people), and the highest paying industries are Utilities ($96,607), Management of Companies & Enterprises ($57,917), and Public Administration ($56,542).

Wages

Median Household Income

$57,715
2019 value
± $3,479
2.41%
1 Year Growth
± 7.6%

Households in Benton County, MN have a median annual income of $57,715, which is less than the median annual income of $65,712 across the entire United States. This is in comparison to a median income of $56,357 in 2018, which represents a 2.41% annual growth.

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Wage by Sex in Common Jobs

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$73,832
Average Male Salary in Minnesota
± $1,635
$56,881
Average Female Salary in Minnesota
± $1,288

In 2019, full-time male employees in Minnesota made 1.3 times more than female employees.

This chart shows the sex-based wage disparity in the 5 most common occupations in Minnesota by number of full-time employees.

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Wage by Race and Ethnicity in Common Jobs

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Highest Average Salaries by Race & Ethnicity in Minnesota
  1. White
    $57,611 ± $1,007
  2. Asian
    $55,741 ± $4,579
  3. Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander
    $42,682 ± $19,858

In 2019 the highest paid race/ethnicity of Minnesota workers was White. These workers were paid 1.03 times more than Asian workers, who made the second highest salary of any race/ethnicity in Minnesota.

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Wage Distribution

The closest comparable wage GINI for Benton County, MN is from Minnesota.
0.463
2019 Wage GINI in Minnesota
0.466
2018 Wage GINI in Minnesota

In 2019, the income inequality in Minnesota was 0.463 according to the GINI calculation of the wage distribution. Income inequality had a 0.673% decline from 2018 to 2019, which means that wage distribution grew somewhat more even. The GINI for Minnesota was lower than than the national average of 0.478. In other words, wages are distributed more evenly in Minnesota in comparison to the national average.

This chart shows the number of workers in Minnesota across various wage buckets compared to the national average.

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Income by Location

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Race/Ethnicity
Highest Median Household Income (Total)
  1. Census Tract 203
  2. Census Tract 202.02
  3. Census Tract 202.03

In 2019, the tract with the highest Median Household Income (Total) in Benton County, MN was Census Tract 203 with a value of $79,934, followed by Census Tract 202.02 and Census Tract 202.03, with respective values of $79,833 and $77,600.

The following map shows all of the tracts in Benton County, MN colored by their Median Household Income (Total).

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Poverty by Age and Sex

Females 18 - 24
Largest Demographic Living in Poverty

10.3% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in Benton County, MN (4.07k out of 39.4k people) live below the poverty line, a number that is lower than the national average of 12.3%. The largest demographic living in poverty are Females 18 - 24, followed by Females 25 - 34 and then Males 18 - 24.

The Census Bureau uses a set of money income thresholds that vary by family size and composition to determine who classifies as impoverished. If a family's total income is less than the family's threshold than that family and every individual in it is considered to be living in poverty.

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Poverty by Race and Ethnicity

Largest Race or Ethnicity Living in Poverty
  1. White
    3,361 ± 357
  2. Black
    338 ± 186
  3. Two Or More
    246 ± 128

The most common racial or ethnic group living below the poverty line in Benton County, MN is White, followed by Black and Two Or More.

The Census Bureau uses a set of money income thresholds that vary by family size and composition to determine who classifies as impoverished. If a family's total income is less than the family's threshold than that family and every individual in it is considered to be living in poverty.

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Occupations

Employment by Occupations

21.3k
2019 Value
± 838
2.8%
1 Year growth
± 5.32%

From 2018 to 2019, employment in Benton County, MN grew at a rate of 2.8%, from 20.7k employees to 21.3k employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in Benton County, MN, are Office & Administrative Support Occupations (2,342 people), Sales & Related Occupations (2,254 people), and Production Occupations (2,039 people). This chart illustrates the share breakdown of the primary jobs held by residents of Benton County, MN.

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Most Common

The most common jobs held by residents of Benton County, MN, by number of employees, are Office & Administrative Support Occupations (2,342 people), Sales & Related Occupations (2,254 people), and Production Occupations (2,039 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other counties, Benton County, MN has an unusually high number of residents working as Health Technologists & Technicians (1.87 times higher than expected), Production Occupations (1.69 times), and Healthcare Support Occupations (1.43 times).

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Highest Paid

The highest paid jobs held by residents of Benton County, MN, by median earnings, are Health Diagnosing & Treating Practitioners & Other Technical Occupations ($67,813), Architecture & Engineering Occupations ($64,430), and Computer, Engineering, & Science Occupations ($63,213).

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Industries

Employment by Industries

21.3k
2019 Value
± 838
2.8%
1 Year growth
± 5.32%

From 2018 to 2019, employment in Benton County, MN grew at a rate of 2.8%, from 20.7k employees to 21.3k employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in Benton County, MN, are Health Care & Social Assistance (3,920 people), Manufacturing (2,996 people), and Retail Trade (2,887 people). This chart shows the share breakdown of the primary industries for residents of Benton County, MN, though some of these residents may live in Benton County, MN and work somewhere else. Census data is tagged to a residential address, not a work address.

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Most Common

The most common industries in Benton County, MN, by number of employees, are Health Care & Social Assistance (3,920 people), Manufacturing (2,996 people), and Retail Trade (2,887 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other counties, Benton County, MN has an unusually high number of Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing & Hunting (1.77 times higher than expected), Manufacturing (1.41 times), and Health Care & Social Assistance (1.33 times) industries.

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Highest Paying

The highest paying industries in Benton County, MN, by median earnings, are Utilities ($96,607), Management of Companies & Enterprises ($57,917), and Public Administration ($56,542).

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Domestic Trade

Domestic Production & Consumption

Domestic production and consumption consists of products and services shipped from Minnesota to other states, or from other states to Minnesota.
Top Domestic Production in Dollars
  1. $27.9B
  2. $27.1B
  3. $25.3B

In 2020, the top outbound Minnesota product (by dollars) was Electronics with $27.9B, followed by Mixed freight ($27.1B) and Precision instruments ($25.3B).

The following chart shows the share of these products in relation to all outbound Minnesota products.

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Domestic Trade Growth

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$349B
2020 Value in Minnesota
$638B
Projected 2050 Value in Minnesota
82.9% growth

In 2020, total outbound Minnesota trade was $349B. This is expected to increase 82.9% to $638B by 2050.

The following chart shows how the domestic outbound Minnesota trade is projected to change in comparison to its neighboring states.

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Interstate Trade

Interstate trade consists of products and services shipped from Minnesota to other states, or from other states to Minnesota.
Most Common Trade Partners
  1. $26.1B
  2. $17.3B
  3. $14.7B

In 2020, the top outbound Minnesota domestic partner for goods and services (by dollars) was Wisconsin with $26.1B, followed by Iowa with $17.3B and Illinois and $14.7B.

The following map shows the amount of trade that Minnesota shares with each state (excluding itself).

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Civics

In the 2020 presidential election, the popular vote in Benton County, MN went to Donald J. Trump with 64.6% of the vote. The runner-up was Joseph R Biden Jr. (32.7%), followed by Jo Jorgensen (1.58%). The most partisan county was Morrison County, MN with 75.8% of the vote going to Donald J. Trump running for the Republican Party.

Amy Klobuchar and Tina Smith are the senators currently representing the state of Minnesota. In the United States, senators are elected to 6-year terms with the terms for individual senators staggered.

Minnesota is currently represented by 8 members in the U.S. house, and members of the House of Representives are elected to 2-year terms.

Presidential Popular Vote by County

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Donald J. Trump
Popular Vote for Benton County, MN
64.6% for the Republican Party
Most Partisan Counties in Minnesota
  1. 75.8% for Donald J. Trump (Republican Party)
  2. 73.6% for Donald J. Trump (Republican Party)
  3. 72.8% for Donald J. Trump (Republican Party)

In the 2020 presidential election, the most partisan county in Minnesota was Morrison County, MN with 75.8% of the vote going to Donald J. Trump running for the Republican Party.

The following map shows the counties in Minnesota colored by their party leaning.

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US Senators from Minnesota

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Amy Klobuchar
Senator from Minnesota1
Assumed office on January 3, 2007
Tina Smith
Senator from Minnesota2
Assumed office on January 3, 2018
Appointed to the seat following the resignation of Al Franken.

Amy Klobuchar and Tina Smith are the senators currently representing Minnesota.

In the United States, senators are elected to 6-year terms with the terms for individual senators staggered.

The following chart shows elected senators in Minnesota over time, excluding special elections, colored by their political party.

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US Representatives from Minnesota

Minnesota is currently represented by 8 members in the U.S. house.

Members of the House of Representives are elected to 2-year terms, and the following chart shows the how the members for Minnesota have changed over time starting in 2008.

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Housing & Living

The median property value in Benton County, MN was $174,900 in 2019, which is 0.727 times smaller than the national average of $240,500. Between 2018 and 2019 the median property value increased from $166,700 to $174,900, a 4.92% increase. The homeownership rate in Benton County, MN is 67.4%, which is higher than the national average of 64.1%. People in Benton County, MN have an average commute time of 22.1 minutes, and they drove alone to work. Car ownership in Benton County, MN is approximately the same as the national average, with an average of 2 cars per household.

Housing

Property Value

$174,900
2019 Median
± $3,886
$166,700
2018 Median
± $2,871

In 2019, the median property value in Benton County, MN grew to to $174,900 from the previous year's value of $166,700.

The following charts display, first, the property values in Benton County, MN compared to it's parent and neighbor geographies and, second, owner-occupied housing units distributed between a series of property value buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. In Benton County, MN the largest share of households have a property value in the $200k - $250k range.

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Household Income

Please note that the buckets used in this visualization were not evenly distributed by ACS when publishing the data.
$57,715
Median Household Income
± $3,479
16.5k
Number of Households
± 741

In 2019, the median household income of the 16.5k households in Benton County, MN grew to $57,715 from the previous year's value of $56,357.

The following chart displays the households in Benton County, MN distributed between a series of income buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. The largest share of households have an income in the $75k - $100k range.

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Property Taxes

$2k - $3k
Average Range

This chart shows the households in Benton County, MN distributed between a series of property tax buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. In Benton County, MN the largest share of households pay taxes in the $2k - $3k range.

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Rent vs Own

67.4%
2019 Homeownership
66.9%
2018 Homeownership

In 2019, 67.4% of the housing units in Benton County, MN were occupied by their owner. This percentage grew from the previous year's rate of 66.9%.

This percentage of owner-occupation is higher than the national average of 64.1%. This chart shows the ownership percentage in Benton County, MN compared it's parent and neighboring geographies.

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Commute Time

22.1 minutes
Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in Benton County, MN have a shorter commute time (22.1 minutes) than the normal US worker (25.5 minutes). Additionally, 3.37% of the workforce in Benton County, MN have "super commutes" in excess of 90 minutes.

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Commuter Transportation

Most Common Commute in 2019
  1. Drove Alone (84.8%)
  2. Carpooled (7.7%)
  3. Worked At Home (3.8%)

In 2019, 84.8% of workers in Benton County, MN drove alone to work, followed by those who carpooled to work (7.7%) and those who worked at home (3.8%).

The following chart shows the number of households using each mode of transportation over time, using a logarithmic scale on the y-axis to help better show variations in the smaller means of commuting.

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Transportation

Car Ownership

2 cars
Average Number

The following chart displays the households in Benton County, MN distributed between a series of car ownership buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. The largest share of households in Benton County, MN have 2 cars, followed by false.

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Health

96.5% of the population of Benton County, MN has health coverage, with 53.1% on employee plans, 18.6% on Medicaid, 9.86% on Medicare, 13.3% on non-group plans, and 1.65% on military or VA plans.

Per capita personal health care spending in Minnesota was $8,871 in 2014. This is a 4.8% increase from the previous year ($8,465).

Primary care physicians in Benton County, MN see 4054 patients per year on average, which represents a 18.8% decrease from the previous year (4992 patients). Compare this to dentists who see 2726 patients per year, and mental health providers who see 6815 patients per year.

Comparing across all counties in the state, Chippewa County has the highest prevalence of diabetes (15.5%). Additionally, Marshall County has the highest prevalence of adult obesity (43.5%)

Patient to Clinician Ratios

4,054 to 1
Patient to Primary Care Physician Ratio in Benton County, MN

Primary care physicians in Benton County, MN see an average of 4,054 patients per year. This represents a 18.8% decrease from the previous year (4,992 patients).

The following chart shows how the number of patients seen by primary care physicians has been changing over time in Benton County, MN in comparison to its neighboring geographies.

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Behavioral Health Conditions

Data only available at the state level.
State with the Highest Prevalence
  1. 8.26% of the population affected
  2. 8.13% of the population affected
  3. 7.98% of the population affected

In 2016, West Virginia had the highest prevalence of adults with major depressive episode, with 8.26% of the population affected. The second highest is Arkansas (8.13%), followed by New Hampshire (7.98%).

The following map shows the percent of individuals with major depressive episode by state over multiple years.

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Access and Quality

Data only available at state level.
Most prevalent states
  1. 19.2% of adults
  2. 17.9% of adults
  3. 17.6% of adults

In 2016, Mississippi had the highest prevalence of adults who haven't seen a doctor in the past 12 months due to cost, at 19.2%. It is followed by Texas (17.9%) and Louisiana (17.6%).

The following map shows the prevalence of adults who haven't seen a doctor in the past 12 months due to cost by state over multiple years.

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Health Care Spending

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$8,871
Total Per Capita Spending on Personal Health Care in Minnesota
$4,603
Per Enrollee Private Health Insurance Spending on Personal Health Care
$9,176
Per Enrollee Medicaid Spending on Personal Health Care
$9,917
Per Enrollee Medicare Spending on Personal Health Care

Between 2013 and 2014, all personal health care spending per capita in Minnesota (including private, Medicare, and Medicaid) grew 4.8%, from $8,465 to $8,871.

The following chart shows how this spending changed over time in comparison to Medicaid, Medicare, and private insurance spending, per enrollee.

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Health Care Coverage

3.5%
Uninsured
53.1%
Employer Coverage
18.6%
Medicaid
9.86%
Medicare
13.3%
Non-Group
1.65%
Military or VA

Between 2018 and 2019, the percent of uninsured citizens in Benton County, MN grew by 5% from 3.34% to 3.5%.

The following chart shows how the percent of uninsured individuals in Benton County, MN changed over time compared with the percent of individuals enrolled in various types of health insurance.

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Health Risks

Data available at the county level.
Most at risk counties
  1. 15.5% prevalence
  2. 13.9% prevalence
  3. 13.9% prevalence

Chippewa County has the highest prevalence of diabetes in Minnesota, at 15.5%.

The following map shows the prevalence of diabetes in Minnesota by county over multiple years.

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