Why this is important
Growth in the number of nonwhite students forecasts trends in the adult population of the county and corresponding changes in expectations, needs and opportunities.
What the data show
During the 2013-2014 school year, 72,263 students were enrolled in Dakota County K-12 schools. Of those, 20,955 (or 29%) students were racial or ethnic minorities. This represents a long-term trend, with the percentage of non-white students more than doubling over the past 10 years, from 13% in 2003-2004 to 29% in 2013-2014. Statewide, non-white students in K-12 schools comprise 29% of students, and in the seven-county Twin Cities metropolitan area, non-white students comprise 39% of students. In addition to demographic diversity, during the 2013-2014 school year, 10,243 students (14.2%) in Dakota County schools spoke one of 115 different languages other than English as their primary language at home. The most commonly spoken language was Spanish, with more than 4,400 students speaking it, followed by Somali (1,540), Vietnamese (634), Russian (330) and Chinese-Mandarin (315).
This chart displays another way to seeing changes in student diversity in Dakota County K-12 public schools.
This chart shows a snapshot of student diversity in Dakota County school districts in the 2013-2014 school year. Burnsville (48%) and West St. Paul (45%) are the school districts with the highest percent of non-white students, while Hastings (9%) and Randolph (4%) school districts have less than ten percent of non-white students.