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Criteria

See below for the criteria used to determine the green, yellow, or red status for each indicator. Indicators are organized by outcome area.

Good. Green represents good current status. This means that performance is ahead of the performance of other states and/or established industry or agency benchmarks.

Okay. Yellow represents an okay current status. This means performance is near to meeting public expectations, the performance of other states, and/or established industry or agency benchmarks.

Poor. Red represents poor current status. This means performance is well behind public expectations, the performance of other states, and/or established industry or agency benchmarks.

Community

Homelessness

Green: Ranked among top 5 states

Yellow: Ranked 6th through 28th among states

Red: Ranked 29th or worse among states

Source: Department of Housing and Urban Development, American Community Survey

Long-Term Care

The thresholds for status assignments are presented in the table below.


2014
2015
2016
2017
2018
Green/Good - Greater than or equal to
83%
84%
85%
86%
87%
Yellow/Okay - Greater than or equal to
82%
83%
83%
84%
84%
Red/Poor - Less than
82%
83%
83%
84%
84%

Child Well Being

Green: Ranked among top 5 states

Yellow: Ranked 6th through 28th among states

Red: Ranked 29th or worse among states

Source: KidsCount, Annie E. Casey Foundation

Housing Cost Burden

Green: Ranked among top 5 states

Yellow: Ranked 6th through 28th among states

Red: Ranked 29th or worse among states

Source: American Community Survey


Outdoor Recreation

Green: More than 11.25 days

Yellow: Between 10 and 11.25 days

Red: Fewer than 10 days

Source: Minnesota Department of Natural Resources

Economy

Unemployment

Using annual averages:

Green: Ranked among top 5 states and unemployment rate 5 percent or below.

Yellow: Either 6th through 28th among states or ranked among top 5 states with an unemployment rate above 5 percent.

Red: Ranked 29th or worse among states, regardless of unemployment rate.

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics


Median income

Green: Ranked among top 5 states

Yellow: Ranked 6th through 28th among states

Red: Ranked 29th or worse among states

Source: American Community Survey

Poverty

Green: Ranked among top 5 states

Yellow: Ranked 6th through 28th among states

Red: Ranked 29th or worse among states

Source: American Community Survey

Business Survival

Green: Ranked among top 5 states

Yellow: Ranked 6th through 28th among states

Red: Ranked 29th or worse among states

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics


Postsecondary Graduate Employment

Green: 57% and above

Yellow: 47% to 57%

Red: Below 47%

(Based on the 2014 share of adults statewide working full-time and year-round.) 

Source: Office of Higher Education

Education

Third Grade Reading

The thresholds for status assignments are presented in the table below.


2014
2015
2016
2017
Green/Good - Greater than or equal to
62.7% 68.1%
73.4%
78.7%
Yellow/Okay - Greater than or equal to
59.4%
61.4%
63.4%
65.4%
Red/Poor - Less than
59.4% 
61.4% 63.4% 65.4%
Source: Minnesota Department of Education

Growth in Math

Green: Above 60%

Yellow: Above 50% but below 60%

Red: Below 50%
Source: Minnesota Department of Education

High School Graduation


2013
2014
2015
2016
2017
2018
2019
2020
Green/Good - Greater than or equal to 80.0%
81.0%
82.5%
84.0%
85.5%
87.0%
88.5%
90.%
Yellow/Okay - Greater than or equal to 79.0%
80.25%
81.0%
81.75%
82.5%
83.25%
84.0%
84.75%
Red/Poor - Less than
79.0% 80.25% 81.0% 81.75% 82.5% 83.25% 84.0% 84.75%

Source: Minnesota Department of Education


Educational Attainment

Green: Ranked among top 5 states

Yellow: Ranked 6th through 28th among states

Red: Ranked 29th or worse among states

Source: American Community Survey


Student Debt

Green: Ranked among top 5 states

Yellow: Ranked 6th through 28th among states

Red: Ranked 29th or worse among states

Source: Office of Higher Education


Environment

Air Quality

Green: Seven or fewer air quality alert days

Yellow: Eight to eighteen air quality alert days

Red: Nineteen or more air quality alert days 

Source: Minnesota Protection Control Agency

Water quality


2014-2021 2022-2023 2024-2025 2026-2027 2028-2029 2030-2031 2032-2033 2034
Green/Good - Greater than or equal to 62%
63%
64%
65%
66%
67%
68%
69%
Yellow/Okay - Greater than or equal to 60%
61%
62%
63%
64%
65%
66%
67%
Red/Poor - Less than
60% 61% 62% 63% 64% 65% 66% 67%
Source: Minnesota Protection Control Agency

Renewable Energy


2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020
Green/Good - Greater than or equal to 15%
15%
15%
20%
20%
20%
20%
23%
Yellow/Okay - Greater than or equal to 12%
12%
12%
17%
17%
17%
17%
20%
Red/Poor - Less than
12%
12%
12%
17%
17%
17%
17%
20%
Source: Minnesota Department of Commerce

Conservation Lands

Green: 14.8 million acres of land is in conservation

Yellow: Between 14.3 and 14.8 million acres of land is in conservation

Red: Less than 14.3 million acres of land is in conservation 

Source: Minnesota Department of Natural Resources


Fish and Wildlife Populations

Green: If fewer than five of the fish and wildlife populations are not in decline and fewer than five of the fish and wildlife populations are not stable

Yellow: Five or more of the fish and wildlife populations are in this measure are in stable (yellow)

Red: Five or more of the fish and wildlife populations tracked in this measure are in decline (red)

Source: Minnesota Protection Control Agency

Government

Government Technology Use

Green: A grade

Yellow: B or C grade

Red: D or F grade 

Source: Center for Digital Government

Bond Rating

Green: AAA

Yellow: AA+

Red: Below AA+

* Color status is assigned based on the rating issued by the majority of the rating agencies. 

Source: Bond Rating Agencies

Pension Liability

Green: 90% or greater

Yellow: 80% or greater

Red: Below 80%

Source: Minnesota State Retirement Systems


Government Transparency

Green: A grade

Yellow: B or C grade

Red: D or F grade

Source: US PIRG

Workforce Diversity

Green: Rates of increase in the share of State of Minnesota employees who are racial/ethnic minorities and/or individuals with disabilities are both on track to meet their respective goals.

Yellow: Rates of increase in either of the two target populations are on track to meet their respective goals.

Red: Rates of increase in neither of the two target populations are on track to meet their respective goals.

Source: Minnesota Management and Budget

Health

Health Care Spending

Green: Growth in health care spending is less than 1.5 percentage points above Minneapolis/St. Paul CPI

Yellow: Growth in health care spending is between 1.5 and 4 percentage points above Minneapolis/St. Paul CPI

Red: Growth in health care spending is between 4 percentage points or more above Minneapolis/St. Paul CPI

Source: Minnesota Department of Health - Health Economics Program

Uninsurance

Green: Ranked among top 5 states (ACS) and an uninsurance rate 4 percent or below (MNHA).

Yellow: Either 6th through 28th (ACS) even if uninsurance is 4 percent or below (MNHA), or ranked among top 5 states (ACS) with an uninsurance rate above 4 percent (MNHA).

Red: Ranked 29th or worse (ACS) among states, regardless of uninsurance rate.

Source: Minnesota Department of Health - Health Economics Program, American Community Survey


Safe Drinking Water

Green: Greater than 99 percent of population receiving drinking water from community systems have access to 'compliant' water

Yellow: 99 percent to 96.2% (lowest in last 5 years) of population receiving drinking water from community systems have access to 'compliant' water

Red: Below 96.2% of population receiving drinking water from community systems have access to 'compliant' water

Source: Minnesota Department of Health

Overall Health

Green: Ranked among top 5 states

Yellow: Ranked 6th through 28th among states

Red: Ranked 29th or worse among states

Source: America's Health Rankings

Healthy Weight


2010
(baseline)
2011
2012
2013
2014
2015
2016
2017
2018
2019
2020
Green/Good - Greater than or equal to 35.7%
36.1% 36.4%
36.8%
37.1%
37.5%
37.8%
38.2%
38.6%
38.9%
39.3%
Yellow/Okay - Greater than or equal to 35.7% 35.9%
36.1%
36.2%
36.4%
36.6%
36.8%
36.9%
37.1%
37.3%
37.5%
Red/Poor - Less than 35.7% 35.9%
36.1%
36.2%
36.4%
36.6%
36.8%
36.9%
37.1%
37.3%
37.5%
Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Behavior Risk Factor Surveillance System

Mobility

Highway Pavement Condition

The Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT) sets targets for pavement condition on three road type subsystems: interstates, National Highway System (NHS) and Non-NHS roads. Targets for each of these road-types are presented in the table below, along with MnDOT's definition of close-to meeting target and off-target.

 

Meeting Target

Close-to Meeting Target

Off-Target

Interstates

 

2% and ≤5% Poor

 

NHS (excluding interstates)

 

4% and ≤7% Poor

7% Poor

Non-NHS

 

10% and ≤13% Poor

13% Poor

Green: All three subsystems are meeting target

Yellow: One or more subsystems is close to meeting target and none are off target

Red: Any of the three subsystems is off target

Source: Minnesota Department of Transportation

Freeway Congestion

Green: 3-year average is less than or equal to the 10-year average

Yellow: 3-year average is greater than 0% above the 10-year average and less than 20% above the 10-year average

Red: 3-year average is greater than or equal to 20% above the 10-year average

Source: Minnesota Department of Transportation

Public Transportation Use

The Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT) has set separate targets for public transit ridership in the Twin Cities and Greater Minnesota, which are combined into a total ridership target for each year. For purposes of assigning status, MnDOT also looks at 95% of the target and a year-over-year target

These targets are:

 

2014

2015

2016

2017

2018

2019

2020

2021

2022

Target

108.8

111.8

114.8

118.0

121.2

124.5

127.9

131.4

135.0

95% of Target

103.3

106.2

109.1

112.1

115.1

118.3

121.5

124.9

128.3

Year over Year Target

2.9

3.0

3.1

3.1

3.2

3.3

3.4

3.5

3.6

Green: Total ridership greater than 95% of targeted ridership and year-over-year increase in ridership greater than targeted year-over-year increase

Yellow: Total ridership greater than 95% of targeted ridership but year-over-year increase in ridership less than the targeted year-over-year increase OR Total ridership less than 95% of targeted ridership but year-over-year increase in ridership greater than targeted year-over- year increase

Red: Total ridership less than 95% of targeted ridership and year-over-year increase in ridership less than targeted year-over-year increase

Source: Minnesota Department of Transportation

Broadband Access

The thresholds for status ratings are in the table below:


2015
2016
2017
Green/Good - Greater than or equal to 100% 100% 100%
Yellow/Okay - Greater than or equal to 79%
84%
88%
Red/Poor - Less than 79% 84% 88%
Source: Department of Commerce

Snow and Ice Removal

Green: More than 70 percent of roads cleared "on time."

Yellow: Between 70 percent of roads cleared 55 percent of roads cleared "on time."

Red: Less than 55 percent of roads cleared "on time."

Source: Minnesota Department of Transportation

Safety

Recidivism

Green: Less than or equal to 18%

Yellow: Greater than 18% and less than 25%

Red: Greater than or equal to 25%

Source: Minnesota Department of Corrections

Violent Crimes

Green: Less than 250

Yellow: Greater than or equal to 250 and less than 275

Red: Greater than or equal to 275

Source: Minnesota Department of Corrections

Traffic Fatalities

Green: Ranked among top 5 states

Yellow: Ranked 6th through 28th among states

Red: Ranked 29th or worse among states

Source: Minnesota Department of Public Safety

Child Maltreatment

Green: Less than 1

Yellow: Greater than or equal to 1 

Source: Minnesota Department of Human Services

Food Safety

Each of the six pathogens receives a green, yellow, red status based on the comparison to the FoodNet incidence data. If the MN incidence is 110% of the FoodNet incidence, that pathogen receives a red. If the MN incidence is between 90% and 110% of the FoodNet incidence, that pathogen receives a yellow. If the MN incidence is ;90% of the FoodNet incidence, that pathogen receives a green. If 2 or more pathogens are red the overall color cannot be green.

The overall indicator color is the average color (calculated by assigning values to each of the colors) of the six individual pathogen colors.

Source: Minnesota Department of Health

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