Approximately 15,711 Somali immigrants resettled in Minnesota in 2016 (Rush, 2016). According to the Rochester Post Bulletin, the Med City ranks fourth place in number of Somali immigrants, 333, behind Minneapolis at 3,450, St. Cloud at 1,393, and St. Paul at 960 (Post Bulletin, 2017).
In a study conducted by the Minnesota Department of Health in 2008, the most common services needed by Somali families was first housing, followed by speech therapy second (Minnesota Department of Health, 2014).
Houston, Rebecca, "Children with Autism in the Somali Population: Exploring the Inter-Relatedness of the Somali Immigrant and Refugee Experience Navigating Speech-Language Pathology Resources" (2019). Undergraduate Research and Creative Opportunities (URCO) Grant Program. Paper 9.