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Overview

Minnesota is undergoing major demographic changes. These include a rapidly growing older adult population and increasing racial and ethnic diversity, especially among our state's youngest.

Demographic trends

Making connections

Asking questions about age, race, and disability provide further insights to guide our understanding of who we are and who we will be in the future. When we know who lives in our state, we can better understand what services will be needed, what our jobs prospects and economic outlook may look like. We can get a sense for which actions may be called for in education, health or housing. Demographic change influences and is influenced by trends in immigration, aging, and children and youth. Knowing the "who" and "where" of Minnesota residents is an essential foundation for a solid understanding of our state.

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Minnesota population change by county 2010 to 2018
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Twin Cities region leads population growth in Minnesota

Across Minnesota’s regions, the Twin Cities has seen the greatest population growth since 2010. Across Minnesota’s counties, Carver and Scott have posted the greatest percentage growth in population, at more than 13% over the last 8 years.

See more data on population change in Minnesota.

New & Noteworthy

Craig Helmstetter

Former Compass Project Director Craig Helmstetter uses a humanities-based framework developed by Thriving Cities, to look at the well-being of the greater Minneapolis and Saint Paul area.

Additional data sources

Much of the data in this section are compiled from the Census Bureau's intercensal estimates. Get links to other credible sources.