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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.
LMC policy analysis staff provided research and guidance to the work of the Demographics Task Force, and are available to answer your questions or to direct you to additional resources.
Contact Lena Gould
(651) 281-1245 or (800) 925-1122
Contact Rachel Walker
Policy Analysis Manager
(651) 281-1236 or (800) 925-1122
If you want to share ideas about how cities are adjusting to population changes, join the League member forum (listserv), Gain and Loss in Minnesota's Geographic Population Shifts. This forum is one of several member forum opportunities to explore specific issues and trends through connection with your city colleagues.