East Metro Pulse
We want to learn more about the strengths and challenges facing our community. But the way a community functions is more nuanced than numerical.
The East Metro is rich with accessible and credible sources of information, trends and progress measurements that provide insight into our community. While the value and importance of this shared information cannot be oversold, it can sometimes lack the color and nuance that anecdotes and lived experience bring to a story.
East Metro Pulse helps us shape the narrative of the East Metro. The story begins with our survey of Dakota, Ramsey and Washington County residents, conducted by Wilder Research. It culminates with reporting that weaves together the insights gained from the community with highlights of our initiatives, partnerships and grants.
East Metro Pulse provides valuable data on the health and vitality of the East Metro and ensures that grantseekers, community leaders, policymakers and others have access to comprehensive and meaningful data about the region.
Volume 3 Available Now
East Metro residents feel the impact of COVID-19 in different ways.See the COVID-19 report
Fewer residents faced obstacles to employment in 2021 than 2018.See the Employment report
Access to high quality education varies for East Metro residents.See the Education report
Frequently Asked Questions
What is East Metro Pulse?
East Metro Pulse is a community perception survey of Dakota, Ramsey and Washington County residents commissioned by the Saint Paul & Minnesota Foundation and conducted by Wilder Research. We ask East Metro residents how they feel about community connectedness, economic opportunity and security, education and much more. Data collected through East Metro Pulse will be used to help our neighbors, leaders and policymakers better understand the state of the East Metro.
What does the Foundation hope to learn from this survey?
We are interested in a wide range of issues that affect the daily lives of East Metro residents. We hope our survey will help us learn about everything from poverty to education, transportation to food security, arts and culture to health and more.
Why do we need the public’s help?
We want to make our community stronger. That wouldn’t be possible without the input of people like you, and your friends and neighbors. Community members are the best people to tell us what is working and what is not. Your opinions will shape the conversations our leaders and policy makers have about the East Metro. We want those conversations to be about the issues that you care about the most.
REPORTS & DATA BOOKS
Where can I find East Metro Pulse?
East Metro Pulse reports and data books and are available for download on this webpage. The interactive data book is also available on this website.
How will you use what you have learned from the survey and report?
East Metro Pulse provides valuable data and information on how the East Metro is doing and ensures that grant seekers, community leaders, policymakers and others have access to comprehensive and meaningful data about the region. The results of East Metro Pulse will help the Foundation, and our neighbors in the East Metro and throughout Minnesota, have a better understanding of our community’s strengths and opportunities for growth.
Volume 2 Report
Take a look at a sampling of data revealed by our 2018 survey.
Volume 2 Data Book
Dig deeper into the data with a full listing of all survey responses.
Volume 1 Report
See highlights from our 2016 East Metro Pulse Survey.
Volume 1 Data Book
View full survey responses from our 2016 East Metro Pulse survey.
Highlights from East Metro Pulse Volume 3
East Metro residents responded to the household survey
Over 20,000 data points available in the data book
Think of the East Metro as a place where they belong