The Human Rights Campaign (HRC), today announced the sixth Municipal Equity Index (MEI) for cities across the country, giving Minneapolis a perfect score of 100 for the fifth year in a row. Minneapolis is one of only 68 cities to receive a perfect score this year. The national average score is 57 points.
The Index rates LGBTQ inclusion in municipal law, policy and services. The HRC rates 506 cities across the country, in every state, on 44 criteria covering citywide nondiscrimination protections, policies for municipal employees, city services, law enforcement and city leadership’s relationship with the LGBTQ community. Cities can achieve a maximum score of 100.
Since the debut of the Index in 2012, the number of cities earning perfect scores has increased by more than sixfold, and today at least 24 million people live in cities that have more comprehensive, transgender-inclusive non-discrimination laws than their state.
According to the HRC, the MEI serves as a vital tool for business leaders and municipal officials alike when it comes to economic development. The MEI is a tool to help these businesses make crucial evaluations about the welcoming — or unwelcoming — nature of towns and cities across the nation. The ranking also helps affirm the City’s position as a welcoming city.
Minneapolis MEI scores
- 2017 — 100
- 2016 — 100
- 2015 — 100
- 2014 — 100
- 2013 — 100
- 2012 — 91