These Are The 10 Fastest Growing Cities In Minnesota For 2019


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Editor’s Note: We updated this article 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:

  1. Rogers (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  2. Medina (Homes For Sale)
  3. Otsego (Homes For Sale)
  4. Victoria (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  5. Minnetrista (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  6. Alexandria (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  7. Hugo (Homes For Sale)
  8. Maple Grove (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  9. Waconia (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  10. Prior Lake (Photos | Homes For Sale)

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.

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 sine the begining of the decade, according to the American Community Survey put out by the census every year. Specifically:

  • Population in 2017
  • Population in 2010
  • Growth rate from 2010 to 2017 (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:

[Population 2017 – 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

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1. Rogers

Rogers, Minnesota

Population: 12,564
Population 2010: 7,661
Growth Rate: 64.0%
Absolute Growth: 4,903
More on Rogers: Homes For Sale | Data
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.

2. Medina


Population: 5,920
Population 2010: 4,680
Growth Rate: 26.5%
Absolute Growth: 1,240
More on Medina: Homes For Sale | Data

3. Otsego


Population: 15,630
Population 2010: 12,521
Growth Rate: 24.83%
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.

4. Victoria

Victoria, Minnesota

Population: 8,679
Population 2010: 6,954
Growth Rate: 24.81%
Absolute Growth: 1,725
More on Victoria: Homes For Sale | Data
Victoria is a city in Carver County, Minnesota, United States. The population was 7,345 at the 2010 census.

5. Minnetrista

Minnetrista, Minnesota

Population: 7,187
Population 2010: 5,976
Growth Rate: 20.26%
Absolute Growth: 1,211
More on Minnetrista: Homes For Sale | Data

6. Alexandria

Alexandria, Minnesota

Population: 13,203
Population 2010: 11,094
Growth Rate: 19.01%
Absolute Growth: 2,109
More on Alexandria: Homes For Sale | Data

7. Hugo


Population: 14,415
Population 2010: 12,129
Growth Rate: 18.85%
Absolute Growth: 2,286
More on Hugo: Homes For Sale | Data
Hugo /hjuo/ is a commuter town 21 miles (34 km) 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.

8. Maple Grove

Maple Grove, Minnesota

Source: Public domain

Population: 68,362
Population 2010: 59,039
Growth Rate: 15.79%
Absolute Growth: 9,323
More on Maple Grove: Homes For Sale | Data
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.

9. Waconia

Waconia, Minnesota

Population: 11,751
Population 2010: 10,159
Growth Rate: 15.67%
Absolute Growth: 1,592
More on Waconia: Homes For Sale | Data
Waconia (/wkoni/ w-KOHN-ee-), a city in Carver County, Minnesota, United States. The city’s population is 11,480 as of 2013.

10. Prior Lake

Prior Lake, Minnesota

Population: 25,452
Population 2010: 22,193
Growth Rate: 14.68%
Absolute Growth: 3,259
More on Prior Lake: Homes For Sale | Data

These Places Grew Up So Fast, 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!

For more Minnesota reading, check out:

Detailed List Of Fastest Growing Places In Minnesota

Rank City Pop 2017 Pop 2010 Growth % Growth
1 Rogers 12,564 7,661 4,903 64.0%
2 Medina 5,920 4,680 1,240 26.5%
3 Otsego 15,630 12,521 3,109 24.8%
4 Victoria 8,679 6,954 1,725 24.8%
5 Minnetrista 7,187 5,976 1,211 20.3%
6 Alexandria 13,203 11,094 2,109 19.0%
7 Hugo 14,415 12,129 2,286 18.8%
8 Maple Grove 68,362 59,039 9,323 15.8%
9 Waconia 11,751 10,159 1,592 15.7%
10 Prior Lake 25,452 22,193 3,259 14.7%
11 Farmington 22,502 19,659 2,843 14.5%
12 Shakopee 40,024 35,075 4,949 14.1%
13 Moorhead 41,801 36,721 5,080 13.8%
14 Jordan 6,079 5,341 738 13.8%
15 Woodbury 67,648 59,447 8,201 13.8%
16 Sartell 16,749 14,756 1,993 13.5%
17 Rosemount 23,474 20,708 2,766 13.4%
18 Lakeville 61,056 53,984 7,072 13.1%
19 Savage 30,011 26,609 3,402 12.8%
20 Ramsey 25,853 22,925 2,928 12.8%
21 Blaine 62,453 55,413 7,040 12.7%
22 Byron 5,272 4,693 579 12.3%
23 Dayton 5,238 4,672 566 12.1%
24 Bemidji 14,803 13,209 1,594 12.1%
25 Isanti 5,458 4,873 585 12.0%
26 Albertville 7,303 6,548 755 11.5%
27 St. Michael 17,128 15,384 1,744 11.3%
28 Chaska 25,578 22,993 2,585 11.2%
29 Waite Park 7,457 6,720 737 11.0%
30 Delano 5,854 5,301 553 10.4%
31 Plymouth 76,258 69,171 7,087 10.2%
32 St. Anthony 8,930 8,106 824 10.2%
33 Chanhassen 25,108 22,851 2,257 9.9%
34 St. Joseph 6,862 6,246 616 9.9%
35 Belle Plaine 6,935 6,325 610 9.6%
36 Lake Elmo 8,621 7,878 743 9.4%
37 Zimmerman 5,420 4,954 466 9.4%
38 Forest Lake 19,406 17,747 1,659 9.3%
39 Kasson 6,228 5,703 525 9.2%
40 St. Francis 7,475 6,853 622 9.1%
41 Monticello 13,316 12,230 1,086 8.9%
42 Big Lake 10,516 9,659 857 8.9%
43 Baxter 7,988 7,342 646 8.8%
44 Minneapolis 411,452 379,631 31,821 8.4%
45 White Bear Lake 25,411 23,461 1,950 8.3%
46 Buffalo 15,996 14,771 1,225 8.3%
47 New Prague 7,598 7,017 581 8.3%
48 Maplewood 40,127 37,085 3,042 8.2%
49 Vadnais Heights 13,283 12,281 1,002 8.2%
50 Rochester 112,683 104,201 8,482 8.1%
51 Stillwater 19,232 17,804 1,428 8.0%
52 Mankato 41,241 38,187 3,054 8.0%
53 Arden Hills 10,250 9,498 752 7.9%
54 Brooklyn Park 79,462 73,642 5,820 7.9%
55 Ham Lake 16,119 14,953 1,166 7.8%
56 St. Louis Park 48,124 44,665 3,459 7.7%
57 Cambridge 8,462 7,868 594 7.5%
58 North St. Paul 12,241 11,387 854 7.5%
59 Eden Prairie 63,660 59,219 4,441 7.5%
60 Oak Grove 8,453 7,881 572 7.3%
61 Andover 32,257 30,097 2,160 7.2%
62 Detroit Lakes 9,078 8,472 606 7.2%
63 Roseville 35,624 33,261 2,363 7.1%
64 Sauk Rapids 13,354 12,482 872 7.0%
65 Orono 7,887 7,386 501 6.8%
66 Little Canada 10,321 9,668 653 6.8%
67 Edina 50,603 47,445 3,158 6.7%
68 St. Paul 300,820 282,079 18,741 6.6%
69 Champlin 24,209 22,741 1,468 6.5%
70 Worthington 13,142 12,357 785 6.4%
71 Mounds View 12,872 12,107 765 6.3%
72 Elk River 23,924 22,514 1,410 6.3%
73 Shoreview 26,432 24,901 1,531 6.1%
74 St. Peter 11,682 11,017 665 6.0%
75 Shorewood 7,696 7,267 429 5.9%
76 Lino Lakes 20,950 19,784 1,166 5.9%
77 Cottage Grove 35,902 34,025 1,877 5.5%
78 Corcoran 5,671 5,380 291 5.4%
79 Falcon Heights 5,560 5,276 284 5.4%
80 New Brighton 22,440 21,327 1,113 5.2%
81 Minnetonka 52,102 49,567 2,535 5.1%
82 Golden Valley 21,208 20,184 1,024 5.1%
83 Hermantown 9,603 9,149 454 5.0%
84 Inver Grove Heights 34,976 33,353 1,623 4.9%
85 Apple Valley 51,109 48,751 2,358 4.8%
86 Hastings 22,620 21,591 1,029 4.8%
87 Hopkins 18,217 17,420 797 4.6%
88 Northfield 20,297 19,414 883 4.5%
89 Stewartville 6,115 5,861 254 4.3%
90 Robbinsdale 14,446 13,878 568 4.1%
91 Brooklyn Center 30,885 29,673 1,212 4.1%
92 Mahtomedi 8,005 7,699 306 4.0%
93 Crystal 22,910 22,059 851 3.9%
94 Mound 9,380 9,037 343 3.8%
95 Little Falls 8,648 8,350 298 3.6%
96 Richfield 35,993 34,773 1,220 3.5%
97 Bloomington 85,417 82,621 2,796 3.4%
98 North Mankato 13,583 13,147 436 3.3%
99 Grand Rapids 11,099 10,762 337 3.1%
100 New Hope 20,909 20,281 628 3.1%

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