What do people think about life in Minneapolis?

 

Qualitative Analysis

The following themes were the primary themes raised in the short answer portion of the survey:

Affordable Housing

Police

Schools/Education

Conversations/Training

Community Engagement and listening

More people of color in leadership positions

Economic development, jobs

Infrastructure, transit

Parks

Youth programs

Affordable Housing: More affordable housing options was the most common theme for this category. Additionally, several respondents mentioned paths to homeownership and fewer resources spent on luxury apartment buildings.

Police: Many respondents mentioned the Minneapolis police department in their responses. Racism and police brutality were specifically mentioned, as was the need for more police training on racial equity. There were several respondents who mentioned that police should be required to live in the communities they serve, and that the police department should better reflect community demographics of the areas they serve.

Schools/Education: In this category, respondents were interested in equal education opportunities in all neighborhoods around the city. School segregation was raised as an issue, with concerns around current segregation. Equitable funding, more school counselors, and trauma informed teaching.

Conversations/Training: Many respondents discussed the importance of racial equity training for all employees in the city, as well as spaces to have conversations about racial equity. Much of this was around learning history.

More People of Color in Leadership Positions: There was a general theme of having more representation of people of color in leadership positions, and that city government and decision making bodies should better reflect the demographic makeup of the city.

Economic Development and Jobs: More economic investment in small businesses and businesses owned by people of color. More investment in North Minneapolis was mentioned specifically. Job training, jobs for youth, and different hiring practices for jobs in the city. Additionally, many respondents mentioned a living wage and paid leave/sick time.

Infrastructure/Transit: In this category, respondents were interested in more transit options, specifically in North Minneapolis. Equal public works resources distributed throughout the city was discussed. Transit options in some responses were linked to access to resources, jobs, and schools in suburban areas.

Parks: Access and quality of parks was discussed in this category. Respondents mentioned physical amenities and access to parks, as well as racism in the park board. Better programming and youth opportunities in the parks was mentioned in this category as well.

Youth Programs: After school programs and programs for youth was mentioned as a need for many community members. Several respondents specifically mentioned mentorship programs between elders and youth, as well as incentives for businesses in the city to become more involved with youth. Youth employment was discussed in this category as well.

Cross Tabulations

Dependent Variable: Race

Independent Variable: Elected Officials doing good work on behalf of my community

Mayor (believe Mayor is doing good work on behalf of community)

Black/African American: 14.67%

White: 28.24%

Asian/Pacific Islander: 25%

Latinx/Hispanic: 14.29%

American Indian: 11.32%

African Immigrant: 20%

City Council Member (believe City Council Member is doing good work on behalf of community)

Black/African American: 30%

White: 50.9%

Asian/Pacific Islander: 58.93%

Latinx/Hispanic: 40.26%

American Indian: 39.62%

African Immigrant: 30%

Park Board Commissioner (believe Park Board Commissioner is doing good work on behalf of community)

Black/African American: 18%

White: 27.26%

Asian/Pacific Islander: 33.93%

Latinx/Hispanic: 16.88%

American Indian: 18.87%

African Immigrant: 20%

School Board Member (believe School Board Member is doing good work on behalf of community)

Black/African American: 12.67%

White: 18.72%

Asian/Pacific Islander: 19.64%

Latinx/Hispanic: 12.99%

American Indian: 16.98%

African Immigrant: 40%

None (No official is doing good work on behalf of community)

Black/African American: 56%

White: 32.68%

Asian/Pacific Islander: 30.36%

Latinx/Hispanic: 46.75%

American Indian: 50.94%

African Immigrant: 50%

Dependent Variable: Race

Independent Variable: Housing Status

Homeowner

Black/African American: 25.52%

White: 48.1%

Asian/Pacific Islander: 33.85%

Latinx/Hispanic: 23.26%

American Indian: 24.59%

African Immigrant: 30%

Renter

Black/African American: 55.42%%

White: 43.61%

Asian/Pacific Islander: 55.38%

Latinx/Hispanic: 67.44%

American Indian: 50.82%

African Immigrant: 60%

In Transition/Homeless

Black/African American: 3.61%

White: 0.14%

Asian/Pacific Islander: 0%

Latinx/Hispanic: 1.16%

American Indian: 3.28%

African Immigrant: 0%




 

Live with Someone Else

Black/African American: 14.46%

White: 8.15%

Asian/Pacific Islander: 10.77%

Latinx/Hispanic: 8.14%

American Indian: 21.31%

African Immigrant: 10%

 

Dependent Variable: Race

Independent Variable: See elected official in community

Mayor (see Mayor in community)

Black/African American: 8.97%

White: 13.08%

Asian/Pacific Islander: 11.48%

Latinx/Hispanic: 10%

American Indian: 5.45%

African Immigrant: 20%

City Council Member (see City Council Member in community)

Black/African American: 28.85%

White: 41.59%

Asian/Pacific Islander: 42.62%

Latinx/Hispanic: 38.75%

American Indian: 36.36%

African Immigrant: 30%

Park Board Commissioner (see Park Board Commissioner in of community)

Black/African American: 10.91%

White: 9.81%

Asian/Pacific Islander: 8.2%

Latinx/Hispanic: 12.5%

American Indian: 7.27%

African Immigrant: 10%

School Board Member (see School Board Member in community)

Black/African American: 15.38%

White: 14.95%

Asian/Pacific Islander: 16.39%

Latinx/Hispanic: 20%

American Indian: 9.09%

African Immigrant: 20%

None (See no official in community)

Black/African American: 61.54%

White: 50.62%

Asian/Pacific Islander: 55.74%

Latinx/Hispanic: 52.5%

American Indian: 60%

African Immigrant: 70%

 

Dependent Variable: Race

Independent Variable: My neighborhood has…

Affordable, nutritious food

Black/African American: 44%

White: 57.47%

Asian/Pacific Islander: 59.68%

Latinx/Hispanic: 46.25%

American Indian: 53.7%

African Immigrant: 44.44%

Has neighbors that know each other

Black/African American: 50%

White: 69.03%

Asian/Pacific Islander: 62.9%

Latinx/Hispanic: 57.5%

American Indian: 53.7%

African Immigrant: 66.67%

Is safe

Black/African American: 53.33%

White: 66.56%

Asian/Pacific Islander: 70.97%

Latinx/Hispanic: 46.25%

American Indian: 55.56%

African Immigrant: 77.78%

Has a clean environment

Black/African American: 49.33%

White: 59.63%

Asian/Pacific Islander: 66.13%

Latinx/Hispanic: 53.75%

American Indian: 46.3%

African Immigrant: 66.67%

Has quality, affordable housing

Black/African American: 36.67%

White: 34.67%

Asian/Pacific Islander: 45.16%

Latinx/Hispanic: 30%

American Indian: 25.93%

African Immigrant: 33.33%



 

Has parks that meet my family’s needs

Black/African American: 65.33%

White: 78.12%

Asian/Pacific Islander: 74.19%

Latinx/Hispanic: 68.75%

American Indian: 61.11%

African Immigrant: 66.67%

Has transportation that gets me where I need to go

Black/African American: 73.33%

White: 76.43%

Asian/Pacific Islander: 77.42%

Latinx/Hispanic: 73.75%

American Indian: 68.52%

African Immigrant: 100%

Has schools that provide high quality education

Black/African American: 33.33%

White: 42.37%

Asian/Pacific Islander: 45.16%

Latinx/Hispanic: 32.5%

American Indian: 31.48%

African Immigrant: 55.56%

Has thriving arts and culture

Black/African American: 40.67%

White: 47.46%

Asian/Pacific Islander: 50%

Latinx/Hispanic: 55%

American Indian: 42.59%

African Immigrant: 55.56%

 

Dependent Variable: Race

Independent Variable: The following institutions meet the needs of my family

Police

Black/African American: 11.43%

White: 33.01%

Asian/Pacific Islander: 32.73%

Latinx/Hispanic: 19.48%

American Indian: 29.55%

African Immigrant: 11.11%

Schools

Black/African American: 29.29%

White: 36.93%

Asian/Pacific Islander: 38.18%

Latinx/Hispanic: 37.66%

American Indian: 38.64%

African Immigrant: 44.44%

City Government

Black/African American: 21.43%

White: 33.33%

Asian/Pacific Islander: 36.36%

Latinx/Hispanic: 14.29%

American Indian: 20.45%

African Immigrant: 11.11%

Parks

Black/African American: 54.29%

White: 78.43%

Asian/Pacific Islander: 74.55%

Latinx/Hispanic: 76.62%

American Indian: 68.18%

African Immigrant: 66.67%

Neighborhood Association

Black/African American: 33.57%

White: 48.2%

Asian/Pacific Islander: 43.64%

Latinx/Hispanic: 35.05%

American Indian: 38.64%

African Immigrant: 44.44%

No Institution

Black/African American: 25%

White: 8.5%

Asian/Pacific Islander: 10.91%

Latinx/Hispanic: 9.09%

American Indian: 9.09%

African Immigrant: 11.11%