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We Are Hmong Minnesota: FACT SHEET
“We Are Hmong Minnesota,” March 7-Jan. 3, 2016, at the Minnesota History Center.
What impact have the Hmong had in Minnesota and the country? The numbers tell the story--and it’s significant.
Number of Hmong living in Minnesota, or 1.25% of the state’s population and 25% of all Hmong living in the United States, based on 2010 census data.
Growth of Hmong population in Minnesota since 2000, making it the largest Asian population in Minnesota.¹
- 19.7 years
The median age of the Hmong population in Minnesota compared to 37.3 years for the general population. 45% of Hmong in Minnesota are under the age of 18.¹
The poverty rate for Hmong in Minnesota, compared to 7% for the general population.¹ Poverty rates have dropped dramatically for Hmong Americans, from 64% in 1990 to 25% in 2010.²
Reduction in Hmong households in Minnesota who are on some form of public assistance from 2000 to 2010.²
The average family size for Hmong Americans in 2010, a drop from 2000 when the number was 6.5.¹
- 1 out of every 5
Estimated number of students in St. Paul Public Schools who are Hmong. In addition, there are seven charter schools in Minnesota that teach a Hmong language and culture curriculum. All are filled to capacity.
Number of valedictorians at Johnson High School in St. Paul coming from the same Hmong family.
The Hmong Freedom Celebration, held each year on July 4 weekend, is one of Minnesota’s major public events. The celebration drew an estimated 45,000 people last year to Como Park in St. Paul.