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 Dayton 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 2018 according to the most recent census data:
- Rogers (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Victoria (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Medina (Homes For Sale)
- Otsego (Homes For Sale)
- Alexandria (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Hugo (Homes For Sale)
- Minnetrista (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Maple Grove (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Waconia (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Shakopee (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.
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 2016
- Population in 2010
- Growth rate from 2010 to 2016 (The latest available data which came out in Dec 2017)
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 2016 – Population 2010] / [Population 2010]
Population: 12,284 Population 2010: 7,661
Growth Rate: 60.34%
Absolute Growth: 4,623
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.
Population: 8,385 Population 2010: 6,954
Growth Rate: 20.58%
Absolute Growth: 1,431
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.
Population: 15,065 Population 2010: 12,521
Growth Rate: 20.32%
Absolute Growth: 2,544
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.
Population: 14,223 Population 2010: 12,129
Growth Rate: 17.26%
Absolute Growth: 2,094
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
Population: 66,969 Population 2010: 59,039
Growth Rate: 13.43%
Absolute Growth: 7,930
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.
Population: 11,523 Population 2010: 10,159
Growth Rate: 13.43%
Absolute Growth: 1,364
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.
Population: 39,656 Population 2010: 35,075
Growth Rate: 13.06%
Absolute Growth: 4,581
More on Shakopee: Homes For Sale | Data
Shakopee (/kpi/ SHAH-k-pee) is a city in and the county seat of Scott County, Minnesota. It is located southwest of downtown Minneapolis. Sited on the south bank bend of the Minnesota River, Shakopee and nearby suburbs comprise the southwest portion of Minneapolis-Saint Paul, the sixteenth-largest metropolitan area in the United States, with 3.3 million people. The population of Shakopee was 37,076 at the 2010 census.
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:
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