These Are The 10 Fastest Growing Cities In Minnesota For 2019

We used data and science to determine the places in Minnesota everyone wants to move to today.

Editor’s Note: Data has been updated for 2019. This is our fourth time ranking the 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 Chisago City and Redwood Falls, 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.

These are the 10 fastest growing cities in Minnesota for 2019 according to the most recent census data:

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

If you’re surprised–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.

And if you already knew these places were happening, check out the best places to live in Minnesota or the Fastest Growing States In America.

For more Minnesota state reading:

How We Measured The Fastest Growing Cities In the North Star State for 2019

To figure out which cities are growing the most, we simply had to look at the growth rates for cities sine the beginning of the decade, according to the American Community Survey put out by the census every year. Specifically:

  • Current Population
  • Population in 2010
  • Growth rate from 2010 to Current (The latest available data which came out in Dec 2018)

We ranked all 146 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:

[Current Population – Population 2010] / [Population 2010]

Here’s a graph of the cities in Minnesota with the largest percent increase in population:
Fastest Growing Cities in Minnesota Graph For 2019

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Rogers, MN

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Population: 12,564
Rank Last Year: 1 (No Change)
Population 2010: 7,661
Percent Growth 64.0%
Absolute Growth: 4,903
More on Rogers: Homes For Sale | Data | Photos

Rogers is a city in Hennepin County, Minnesota, United States. The population was 8,597 at the 2010 census. However, the population increased to over 11,000 upon the annexing of surrounding Hassan Township in 2012. The population of Hassan Township was 2,600 in 2010, giving the current city a population base of 11,197 as of the census. The center of population of Minnesota is located in Rogers. The city is a northwest suburb of the Minneapolis-Saint Paul metropolitan area.

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Population: 5,920
Rank Last Year: 3 (Up 1)
Population 2010: 4,680
Percent Growth 26.5%
Absolute Growth: 1,240
More on Medina: Homes For Sale | Data

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Population: 15,630
Rank Last Year: 4 (Up 1)
Population 2010: 12,521
Percent Growth 24.8%
Absolute Growth: 3,109
More on Otsego: Homes For Sale | Data

Otsego is a city in Wright County, Minnesota, United States. The population was 13,571 at the 2010 census.

Victoria, MN

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Population: 8,679
Rank Last Year: 2 (Down 2)
Population 2010: 6,954
Percent Growth 24.8%
Absolute Growth: 1,725
More on Victoria: Homes For Sale | Data | Photos

Victoria is a city in Carver County, Minnesota, United States. The population was 7,345 at the 2010 census.

Minnetrista, MN

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Population: 7,187
Rank Last Year: 7 (Up 2)
Population 2010: 5,976
Percent Growth 20.3%
Absolute Growth: 1,211
More on Minnetrista: Homes For Sale | Data | Photos

Alexandria, MN

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Population: 13,203
Rank Last Year: 5 (Down 1)
Population 2010: 11,094
Percent Growth 19.0%
Absolute Growth: 2,109
More on Alexandria: Homes For Sale | Data | Photos

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Population: 14,415
Rank Last Year: 6 (Down 1)
Population 2010: 12,129
Percent Growth 18.8%
Absolute Growth: 2,286
More on Hugo: Homes For Sale | Data

Hugo is a commuter town 21 miles north of downtown Saint Paul in Washington County in the U.S. state of Minnesota. The population was 13,332 at the 2010 census. The city lies north of White Bear Lake on the border of the metropolitan boundary. Hugo and nearby suburbs comprise the northeast portion of Minneapolis-St. Paul, the sixteenth largest metropolitan area in the United States.

Maple Grove, MN

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Population: 68,362
Rank Last Year: 8 (No Change)
Population 2010: 59,039
Percent Growth 15.8%
Absolute Growth: 9,323
More on Maple Grove: Homes For Sale | Data | Photos

Maple Grove is a city in Hennepin County, Minnesota, United States. The population was 61,567 at the 2010 census but has been growing rapidly since then, as 2015 US census estimates rank Maple Grove as Minnesota’s eighth largest city with 68,385 residents. Maple Grove serves as the retail, cultural and medical center of the northwest region of the Minneapolis-Saint Paul metropolitan area. One of the Twin Cities’ largest shopping centers, The Shoppes at Arbor Lakes, is located in Maple Grove.

Waconia, MN

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Population: 11,751
Rank Last Year: 9 (No Change)
Population 2010: 10,159
Percent Growth 15.7%
Absolute Growth: 1,592
More on Waconia: Homes For Sale | Data | Photos

Waconia, a city in Carver County, Minnesota, United States. The city’s population is 11,480 as of 2013.

Prior Lake, MN

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Population: 25,452
Rank Last Year: 12 (Up 2)
Population 2010: 22,193
Percent Growth 14.7%
Absolute Growth: 3,259
More on Prior Lake: Homes For Sale | Data | Photos

These Places Grew Up So Fast In Minnesota, You Know?

So there you have it, the fastest growing cities in Minnesota are led by Rogers which has been growing at a blistering pace this decade relative to other cities and towns around the state.

It’ll be interesting to see if these places can keep growing at the same rate over the next couple of years. We’ll be here to let you know!

These places have been growing (or shrinking) the slowest (fastest):

  1. International Falls
  2. Redwood Falls
  3. Lake City

For more Minnesota reading, check out:

Detailed List Of Fastest Growing Places In Minnesota For 2019

Rank City Growth Population Population 2010
1 Rogers 64.0% 12,564 7,661
2 Medina 26.5% 5,920 4,680
3 Otsego 24.8% 15,630 12,521
4 Victoria 24.8% 8,679 6,954
5 Minnetrista 20.3% 7,187 5,976
6 Alexandria 19.0% 13,203 11,094
7 Hugo 18.8% 14,415 12,129
8 Maple Grove 15.8% 68,362 59,039
9 Waconia 15.7% 11,751 10,159
10 Prior Lake 14.7% 25,452 22,193

About Chris Kolmar

Chris Kolmar has been in the real estate business for almost ten years now. He originally worked for Movoto Real Estate as the director of marketing before founding HomeSnacks.

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