Understanding Our Population Trends

Minnesota is a growing state—the Minnesota state demographer forecasts steady population growth through 2060. But this growth is not even throughout the state.

Most growth in recent years has occurred, and projected to continue, in the Twin Cities metropolitan area, immediately surrounding counties, and the north central lakes region. Significant growth is also projected for the corridor between St. Cloud and Rochester.

While all regions of the state will see some growth, a number of cities in greater Minnesota regions will be challenged by slower growth or population declines.

Whether a particular city faces population growth, stability or loss, population shifts bring a variety of challenges that city officials should explore and proactively address.