We Are Hmong Minnesota: FACT SHEET

For immediate release

Release dated: 
December 8, 2014
Media contacts: 

Jessica Kohen, Marketing and Communications, 651-259-3148, jessica.kohen@mnhs.org
​Wameng Moua, Hmong Today, 651-491-5946, hmong40@gmail.com

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.

  • 66,181
    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.

  • 45.6%
    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

  • 26%
    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

  • 50%
    Reduction in Hmong households in Minnesota who are on some form of public assistance from 2000 to 2010.²

  • 5.6
    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.

  • 4
    Number of valedictorians at Johnson High School in St. Paul coming from the same Hmong family.

  • J4
    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.

1. http://www.hndinc.org/cmsAdmin/uploads/dlc/HND-Census-Report-2013.pdf
2. http://hmongstudies.org/CYVangHSJ13.2.pdf