Community Indicators

Ramsey County has twelve community indicators.
Community indicators are measurements that provide information about past and current trends. They assist planners and community leaders in making decisions that affect future outcomes. No indicator is intended to comprehensively capture community progress, but to provide metrics on the overall health of the community. 

Life expectancy

Opportunities to lead a long and healthy life can vary dramatically by neighborhood. Across our community babies born just a few miles apart have dramatic differences in life expectancy. This map shows the average life expectancy for babies born to mothers in Ramsey County. 

Serious crime rate

Crime rates indicate the safety of our community. Although not all crimes are reported to the police, reported crime can be a good indicator of the amount and types of crime committed.

Low birth weight

The percent of babies born with low birth weight is an indicator of the health and well-being of the baby, of the mother and of the family. Babies born weighing under five pounds, eight ounces are considered to have a low birth weight. Racial disparity in birth weight shows the need for increased focus on the goal of equity in health outcomes. 

Waste diverted from landfills

The percent of mixed solid waste collected, recycled, reused, or otherwise diverted from landfills after processing shows our community's commitment to environmental stewardship and the protection of our natural resources. Diverting materials from landfills is an example of proactively mitigating the long-term risks to the quality of our soil, water and air.


The difference between household income and the cost of living is an indicator of affordability and community prosperity. This indicator shows the need for further progress creating access to jobs, building mixed-income communities and ensuring workers receive a living wage.

Jobs created

Employment from the establishment of new businesses or the expansion of existing firms. Job creation is among the most important features of a prosperous economy. Perhaps more importantly, lack of job growth can indicate serious challenges and highlight areas of significant opportunity for businesses and policymakers to partner on improving the quality of life for everyone in the community. 

Workers below poverty-level

The percent of full-time workers living below poverty-level shows that not all job growth is created equal. Residents who work full-time and remain in poverty need living wage jobs. By investing in area workforce success, we can grow economic prosperity for a greater share of our residents and communities.

Concentrated financial poverty

Areas of concentrated financial poverty indicate progress on investments in neighborhoods that struggle to see gains from regional economic growth. An area of concentrated financial poverty exists where over 40 percent of individuals and families have income below 185 percent of federal poverty guidelines. In 2015, 185 percent of the federal poverty threshold was $44,875 for a family of four. 

Poverty rates for people of color

The poverty rate for people of color was selected to indicate community progress on enhancing opportunity and mobility to all residents. Ramsey County is committed to addressing both poverty and racial disparity in our community. Poverty and racial disparity are among the most significant challenges facing our community. Enhancing opportunity and access for all our residents means addressing disparities across race. 

Voter participation

Voting in elections is our opportunity to be heard, to hold elected officials accountable and to have a say in important issues that affect our community. Ramsey County residents register and vote at lower rates than the rest of Minnesota. Low voter participation denies our community our fair share of state resources. Non-participation works against the interests of citizens who don't vote. 
Registration is a necessary first step to voting. Find more on preparing to vote at Ramsey County Elections.

People who commute to work in less than 30 minutes

The percent of people who commute to work in less than 30 minutes indicates progress on opportunity by showing how quickly and efficiently workers can get to work. Investments in transit and transportation infrastructure strengthen connections to employment and education so that residents, businesses and stakeholders can share in the economic benefits of a growing region.

Population 25 to 34 years old

The percent of the population aged 25 to 34 are the most mobile segment of the workforce. Attracting and retaining residents in this age group shows Ramsey County’s capacity to continually create new opportunities through education, employment and economic development. Creating opportunity will require forward-looking policies and practices that lay the groundwork for a sustainable future of shared economic prosperity. Talent attraction and retention play a significant role in developing and maintaining a resilient workforce for the future.

Approved tax levy

The approved tax levy is the total dollar value of taxes levied. Funding capital improvement projects through tax levy in a transparent and strategically effective way shows the county’s capacity to fund economic development projects responsibly.

Percent highway miles rated "poor"

The percent of highway miles rated in “poor” condition provides residents, businesses and policymakers insight into the challenges and opportunities that exist regarding access to regional opportunities. With fewer highway miles in “poor” condition, we know that enhanced connections to education, employment and more broad-based economic development can take place. 

Assessment ratio

The Assessor’s Office estimates market value and determines property classification which is used to determine your annual property taxes. Accurate and equitable valuation and classification of all real and taxable personal property located in Ramsey County builds trust and strengthens confidence in the responsible use of taxpayer dollars.

Bond ratings

Ramsey County maintains two triple A bond ratings from Moody’s and Standard and Poor’s. Bond ratings reflect the county’s responsible, transparent use of debt finance. Achieving and maintaining an outstanding credit rating allows Ramsey County to make forward-thinking investments for the long-term economic prosperity of our community.