What is Rural Pulse?

Rural Pulse is a research study that has been commissioned by the Blandin Foundation since 1998 to gain a real-time snapshot of the concerns, perceptions and priorities of rural Minnesota residents. This initiative was last conducted in 2010 and served to identify trends within significant, complex subject areas such as the economy, education, employment and quality of life.


Rural Pulse 2013

In March 2013, more than a thousand Minnesotans residing outside of the Twin Cities metropolitan area and within communities under 35,000 participated in the project. Once again, a separate study was also completed with community leaders across the state.

The 2013 Rural Pulse is the largest and deepest poll the foundation has ever undertaken. For the first time, the survey included the perspectives of urban residents as well as specific racial and cultural perspectives.

Urban perspective research is new to the Rural Pulse study and made possible through a partnership with the Minnesota Community Foundation, an affiliate of Minnesota Philanthropy Partners.

To access the findings from the 2013 Rural Pulse, please see the documents in the right-hand column.

About Blandin Foundation

Blandin Foundation stands with rural Minnesota communities as they imagine and claim ambitious, vibrant futures. Based in Grand Rapids, Minn., it is one of only a handful of foundations in the U.S. focused exclusively on rural communities and the largest rural-based foundation in Minnesota. Information on Blandin Foundation grant-making, leadership development programs and public policy initiatives are at www.blandinfoundation.org. On Twitter at http://twitter.com/BlandinFound and Facebook at www.facebook.com/BlandinFoundation.

About Minnesota Community Foundation

Founded in 1949, Minnesota Community Foundation is an innovative leader in philanthropy. Our recent creative ventures include GiveMN.org and the Minnesota Idea Open. The Foundation helps Minnesota donors support the causes and communities that matter most to them. The Foundation is an affiliate of Minnesota Philanthropy Partners. Learn more at www.mncommunityfoundation.org and www.mnpartners.org.