Changing Demographics

Demographic change can create challenges for cities and may influence what city services are provided and how they are delivered. Here you’ll find information and resources to help city officials and staff understand and respond to demographic changes in their communities.

City demographics spreadsheet
Curious what the current demographic trends are in your city? This spreadsheet presents select demographic data for all Minnesota cities from the U.S. Census Bureau’s American Community Survey.

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

The senior population
Minnesotans over the age of 65 are a rapidly growing population group, expected to double over the next 25 years. This will have dramatic effects on city services and communities overall as the aging Baby Boomer generation increasingly counts on cities, counties, and nonprofits to provide transportation, crime prevention, emergency response services, and general support.

Younger generations
Younger generations want to be involved, but in different ways than previous generations. Attracting these new generations to city service requires reintroducing them to city government and the opportunities it holds for building personal skills and making a difference.

Immigration and diversity
Cities across the state are becoming more diverse. Going forward, the state’s nonwhite population is projected to grow dramatically faster than the white population. Increased diversity, especially when related to immigration, can mean an increase in the number of languages spoken in a community. In addition to language barriers, cities may also see challenges related to expectations of government and officials based on immigrants’ past experiences with different types of governments.