By the Numbers

These numbers came from a report prepared for the Minnesota State Legislature. It shows the state’s racial health disparities, some of the greatest in the country.


Times more likely African American babies will die in their first year compared to white babies in the Twin Cities


Life expectancy for American Indians in the Twin Cities


Life expectancy for Asians in the Twin Cities


For every $10,000 increase in an area’s median income, residents tend to live one year longer


Percent of overall health attributed to social determinants such as education, income and pollution. Twenty percent is attributed to health care and 30 percent is attributed to individual behaviors.

Source: The unequal distribution of health in the Twin Cities, study by the Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota Foundation; University of Wisconsin Public Health Institute