These Are The 10 Fastest Growing Cities In Minnesota


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Is being in an area that’s growing quickly a good thing or a bad thing?

Depends on who you ask. Some want bigger, more exciting cities like Minneapolis and St. Paul, while others want peace and quiet like in Chisholm and Byron, thank you very much.

But today we’re going to put opinions aside and just look at the cold hard facts — over the past five years, which cities in Minnesota have the grown the fastest.

After getting knee deep in the Census’s American Community Survey, we emerged with this set of cities in the North Star State that have people climbing over each other to get in:

  1. Rogers
  2. Hugo
  3. Otsego
  4. Victoria
  5. Minnetrista
  6. Farmington
  7. Isanti
  8. Waconia
  9. Medina
  10. Shakopee

If you happen to be a resident of one of these communities, you’re probably not too surprised to find it on our list.

If you’re not–and you’re wondering why these places are kind of a big deal–keep reading. We’ll tell you what makes each of these 10 places in Minnesota are growing like weeds–but first, a bit about our methodology.

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How We Measured The Fastest Growing Cities In North Star State

To figure out which cities are growing the most, we simply had to look at the growth rates for cities over the last five years, according to the American Community Survey put out by the census every year. Specifically:

  • Population in 2014
  • Population in 2010
  • Growth rate from 2010 to 2014 (The latest available data)

We ranked all 144 Minnesota cities with a population over 5,000 people from highest growth rate to lowest.

The city with the highest growth rate during this time was crowned the fastest growing city in the North Star State.

And for those of you who are a little rusty with their statistics, you can calculate the growth rate by the following formula:

[Population 2014 – Population 2010] / [Population 2010]

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1. Rogers

Rogers, Minnesota

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Population: 11,747
Population 2010: 7,661
Growth Rate: 53.34%
Absolute Growth: 4,086

2. Hugo

Hugo, Minnesota

Source: Flickr

Population: 13,850
Population 2010: 12,129
Growth Rate: 14.19%
Absolute Growth: 1,721

3. Otsego


Population 2014: 14,257
Population 2010: 12,521
Growth Rate: 13.86%
Absolute Growth: 1,736

4. Victoria

Victoria, Minnesota

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Population: 7,845
Population 2010: 6,954
Growth Rate: 12.81%
Absolute Growth: 891

5. Minnetrista

Minnetrista, Minnesota

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 6,661
Population 2010: 5,976
Growth Rate: 11.46%
Absolute Growth: 685

6. Farmington

Farmington, Minnesota

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 21,861
Population 2010: 19,659
Growth Rate: 11.2%
Absolute Growth: 2,202

7. Isanti

Isanti, Minnesota

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Population: 5,396
Population 2010: 4,873
Growth Rate: 10.73%
Absolute Growth: 523

8. Waconia

Waconia, Minnesota

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 11,230
Population 2010: 10,159
Growth Rate: 10.54%
Absolute Growth: 1,071

9. Medina

Medina, Minnesota

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Population: 5,163
Population 2010: 4,680
Growth Rate: 10.32%
Absolute Growth: 483

10. Shakopee

Shakopee, Minnesota

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 38,613
Population 2010: 35,075
Growth Rate: 10.09%
Absolute Growth: 3,538

Adding It Up

So there you have it, the fastest growing cities in Minnesota are led by Rogers which has been growing a blistering pace these past five years relative to other places around the state.

It’ll be interesting to see if these places can keep growing at the same pace over the next five years. We’ll be here to let you know!
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Detailed List Of Fastest Growing Places In Minnesota

City Rank Pop 2014 Pop 2010 Growth % Growth
Rogers 1 11,747 7,661 4,086 53.3%
Hugo 2 13,850 12,129 1,721 14.2%
Otsego 3 14,257 12,521 1,736 13.9%
Victoria 4 7,845 6,954 891 12.8%
Minnetrista 5 6,661 5,976 685 11.5%
Farmington 6 21,861 19,659 2,202 11.2%
Isanti 7 5,396 4,873 523 10.7%
Waconia 8 11,230 10,159 1,071 10.5%
Medina 9 5,163 4,680 483 10.3%
Shakopee 10 38,613 35,075 3,538 10.1%
Waite Park 11 7,391 6,720 671 10.0%
Albertville 12 7,159 6,548 611 9.3%
Sartell 13 16,123 14,756 1,367 9.3%
Maple Grove 14 64,364 59,039 5,325 9.0%
St. Michael 15 16,767 15,384 1,383 9.0%
Woodbury 16 64,544 59,447 5,097 8.6%
Rosemount 17 22,469 20,708 1,761 8.5%
Bemidji 18 14,319 13,209 1,110 8.4%
Jordan 19 5,784 5,341 443 8.3%
Prior Lake 20 23,956 22,193 1,763 7.9%
Belle Plaine 21 6,794 6,325 469 7.4%
St. Joseph 22 6,694 6,246 448 7.2%
Byron 23 5,023 4,693 330 7.0%
Blaine 24 59,295 55,413 3,882 7.0%
Lakeville 25 57,715 53,984 3,731 6.9%
Forest Lake 26 18,933 17,747 1,186 6.7%
Ramsey 27 24,441 22,925 1,516 6.6%
St. Francis 28 7,297 6,853 444 6.5%
Buffalo 29 15,710 14,771 939 6.4%
Moorhead 30 39,053 36,721 2,332 6.4%
Zimmerman 31 5,268 4,954 314 6.3%
Monticello 32 12,974 12,230 744 6.1%
New Prague 33 7,434 7,017 417 5.9%
Big Lake 34 10,230 9,659 571 5.9%
Maplewood 35 39,261 37,085 2,176 5.9%
Delano 36 5,598 5,301 297 5.6%
Kasson 37 6,017 5,703 314 5.5%
Savage 38 28,055 26,609 1,446 5.4%
Chaska 39 24,238 22,993 1,245 5.4%
Brooklyn Park 40 77,579 73,642 3,937 5.3%
Plymouth 41 72,868 69,171 3,697 5.3%
Chanhassen 42 24,003 22,851 1,152 5.0%
Baxter 43 7,710 7,342 368 5.0%
St. Anthony 44 8,501 8,106 395 4.9%
Eden Prairie 45 62,096 59,219 2,877 4.9%
Rochester 46 109,252 104,201 5,051 4.8%
Hermantown 47 9,588 9,149 439 4.8%
Sauk Rapids 48 13,079 12,482 597 4.8%
Northfield 49 20,303 19,414 889 4.6%
Worthington 50 12,920 12,357 563 4.6%
Cambridge 51 8,223 7,868 355 4.5%
Lino Lakes 52 20,671 19,784 887 4.5%
Mankato 53 39,871 38,187 1,684 4.4%
Detroit Lakes 54 8,834 8,472 362 4.3%
Stillwater 55 18,541 17,804 737 4.1%
Orono 56 7,690 7,386 304 4.1%
Ham Lake 57 15,565 14,953 612 4.1%
St. Louis Park 58 46,466 44,665 1,801 4.0%
White Bear Lake 59 24,398 23,461 937 4.0%
Vadnais Heights 60 12,770 12,281 489 4.0%
Andover 61 31,271 30,097 1,174 3.9%
Minneapolis 62 394,424 379,631 14,793 3.9%
Roseville 63 34,554 33,261 1,293 3.9%
Champlin 64 23,591 22,741 850 3.7%
Elk River 65 23,346 22,514 832 3.7%
Little Canada 66 10,015 9,668 347 3.6%
Hastings 67 22,355 21,591 764 3.5%
St. Peter 68 11,403 11,017 386 3.5%
St. Paul 69 291,728 282,079 9,649 3.4%
North St. Paul 70 11,775 11,387 388 3.4%
Cottage Grove 71 35,169 34,025 1,144 3.4%
Oak Grove 72 8,145 7,881 264 3.3%
Alexandria 73 11,465 11,094 371 3.3%
Richfield 74 35,877 34,773 1,104 3.2%
Edina 75 48,940 47,445 1,495 3.2%
Lake Elmo 76 8,123 7,878 245 3.1%
Shoreview 77 25,673 24,901 772 3.1%
Falcon Heights 78 5,439 5,276 163 3.1%
Bloomington 79 85,136 82,621 2,515 3.0%
Brooklyn Center 80 30,549 29,673 876 3.0%
Mahtomedi 81 7,923 7,699 224 2.9%
Hopkins 82 17,909 17,420 489 2.8%
East Grand Forks 83 8,621 8,386 235 2.8%
Inver Grove Heights 84 34,258 33,353 905 2.7%
Minnetonka 85 50,897 49,567 1,330 2.7%
New Brighton 86 21,899 21,327 572 2.7%
Mounds View 87 12,412 12,107 305 2.5%
Golden Valley 88 20,683 20,184 499 2.5%
Apple Valley 89 49,911 48,751 1,160 2.4%
Shorewood 90 7,438 7,267 171 2.4%
Robbinsdale 91 14,196 13,878 318 2.3%
Stewartville 92 5,990 5,861 129 2.2%
Arden Hills 93 9,700 9,498 202 2.1%
North Mankato 94 13,403 13,147 256 1.9%
Corcoran 95 5,482 5,380 102 1.9%
Mound 96 9,205 9,037 168 1.9%
Faribault 97 23,460 23,034 426 1.8%
Crystal 98 22,459 22,059 400 1.8%
New Hope 99 20,648 20,281 367 1.8%
Grand Rapids 100 10,950 10,762 188 1.7%
Willmar 101 19,626 19,335 291 1.5%
Marshall 102 13,609 13,428 181 1.3%
St. Cloud 103 66,038 65,163 875 1.3%
Austin 104 24,760 24,439 321 1.3%
Thief River Falls 105 8,662 8,554 108 1.3%
Morris 106 5,324 5,258 66 1.3%
North Branch 107 10,099 9,978 121 1.2%
St. Paul Park 108 5,327 5,264 63 1.2%
Oakdale 109 27,705 27,378 327 1.2%
Wyoming 110 7,764 7,680 84 1.1%
Chisholm 111 5,001 4,954 47 0.9%
Owatonna 112 25,550 25,319 231 0.9%
Eagan 113 65,053 64,494 559 0.9%
Burnsville 114 61,059 60,693 366 0.6%
Columbia Heights 115 19,605 19,501 104 0.5%
South St. Paul 116 20,368 20,286 82 0.4%
Cloquet 117 12,064 12,019 45 0.4%
Red Wing 118 16,502 16,449 53 0.3%
West St. Paul 119 19,690 19,640 50 0.3%
Duluth 120 86,239 86,066 173 0.2%
East Bethel 121 11,614 11,600 14 0.1%
Fridley 122 27,494 27,467 27 0.1%
Crookston 123 7,899 7,900 -1 -0.0%
Coon Rapids 124 61,809 61,990 -181 -0.3%
Hibbing 125 16,330 16,396 -66 -0.4%
Spring Lake Park 126 6,503 6,531 -28 -0.4%
Winona 127 27,526 27,663 -137 -0.5%
Waseca 128 9,370 9,426 -56 -0.6%
Little Falls 129 8,291 8,350 -59 -0.7%
Mendota Heights 130 11,131 11,220 -89 -0.8%
Litchfield 131 6,689 6,747 -58 -0.9%
Albert Lea 132 17,931 18,088 -157 -0.9%
Fergus Falls 133 13,215 13,353 -138 -1.0%
Virginia 134 8,671 8,766 -95 -1.1%
New Ulm 135 13,328 13,509 -181 -1.3%
Montevideo 136 5,283 5,357 -74 -1.4%
Anoka 137 17,202 17,449 -247 -1.4%
Hutchinson 138 13,983 14,188 -205 -1.4%
Fairmont 139 10,474 10,629 -155 -1.5%
Redwood Falls 140 5,174 5,257 -83 -1.6%
Brainerd 141 13,521 13,741 -220 -1.6%
Glencoe 142 5,575 5,670 -95 -1.7%
International Falls 143 6,329 6,469 -140 -2.2%
Lake City 144 5,093 5,367 -274 -5.1%

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