Our East Metro Pulse survey
is now closed. Stay tuned for
information about the report.

Measuring connection and community

Data can reveal many things about a place. But the way a community functions is more nuanced than numerical. Do all of our neighbors experience the same connections and engagement within their community? Statistics show us one layer of connection. When we dig deeper and look at how East Metro residents feel about their community schools, how many of us know our neighbors, and how some of us feel about our economic stability, interesting trends emerge.

We hope East Metro Pulse will inform and guide policy makers, funders and local leaders to find opportunities to learn, champion important issues and create new networks that will benefit our community.

How healthy is our region?



23 percent of survey repondents volunteer once a month or more.


Worry about the mortgage

35 percent of African American respondents said paying for rent or mortgage was their biggest housing-related concern.


Love their schools

51 percent of all respondents said the K-12 school closest to home had a positive impact.


Can save for college

Only 36 percent of female respondents indicated they have been able to save anything for their children's higher education.

Diving into data

Turning community expertise into a vital community resource.


Frequently asked questions

We launched the first East Metro Pulse survey in the summer of 2016. Over 1,800 community members shared their insights. To learn more about East Metro Pulse and the survey, view our FAQ page.

View our FAQs

The report

The first East Metro Pulse report was released in March 2017. The Saint Paul & Minnesota Foundations will conduct a new survey and report every two years. Read our inaugural report to see what we learned.

Read the Report

About the survey



1,194,467 people call the East Metro home.



The survey was available in English, Hmong, Somali and Spanish.



Community members across the East Metro shared their experiences.


Use the links below to view the East Metro Pulse report and the complete survey data book.

East Metro Pulse Report

Take a look at a sampling of data revealed by our survey.

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East Metro Pulse data book

Dig deeper into data with a full listing of all survey responses.

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Data for Your Community

What could East Metro Pulse could mean for your community? How could this new resource impact your work? Contact Nadege Souvenir, associate vice president of Community Impact, to learn more.