These Are The 10 Fastest Growing Cities In Minnesota For 2018


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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 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:

  1. Rogers
  2. Victoria
  3. Medina
  4. Otsego
  5. Alexandria (Photos)
  6. Hugo
  7. Minnetrista (Photos)
  8. Maple Grove (Photos)
  9. Waconia (Photos)
  10. Shakopee (Photos)

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.

Or check out the Fastest Growing States In America.

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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 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]

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

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 12,284
Population 2010: 7,661
Growth Rate: 60.34%
Absolute Growth: 4,623

2. Victoria


Population: 8,385
Population 2010: 6,954
Growth Rate: 20.58%
Absolute Growth: 1,431

3. Medina


Population: 5,633
Population 2010: 4,680
Growth Rate: 20.36%
Absolute Growth: 953

4. Otsego


Population: 15,065
Population 2010: 12,521
Growth Rate: 20.32%
Absolute Growth: 2,544

5. Alexandria

Alexandria, Minnesota

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 13,185
Population 2010: 11,094
Growth Rate: 18.85%
Absolute Growth: 2,091

6. Hugo


Population: 14,223
Population 2010: 12,129
Growth Rate: 17.26%
Absolute Growth: 2,094

7. Minnetrista

Minnetrista, Minnesota

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 6,963
Population 2010: 5,976
Growth Rate: 16.52%
Absolute Growth: 987

8. Maple Grove

Maple Grove, Minnesota

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 66,969
Population 2010: 59,039
Growth Rate: 13.43%
Absolute Growth: 7,930

9. Waconia

Waconia, Minnesota

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 11,523
Population 2010: 10,159
Growth Rate: 13.43%
Absolute Growth: 1,364

10. Shakopee

Shakopee, Minnesota

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 39,656
Population 2010: 35,075
Growth Rate: 13.06%
Absolute Growth: 4,581

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!

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Detailed List Of Fastest Growing Places In Minnesota

City Rank Pop 2016 Pop 2010 Growth % Growth
Rogers 1 12,284 7,661 4,623 60.3%
Victoria 2 8,385 6,954 1,431 20.6%
Medina 3 5,633 4,680 953 20.4%
Otsego 4 15,065 12,521 2,544 20.3%
Alexandria 5 13,185 11,094 2,091 18.8%
Hugo 6 14,223 12,129 2,094 17.3%
Minnetrista 7 6,963 5,976 987 16.5%
Maple Grove 8 66,969 59,039 7,930 13.4%
Waconia 9 11,523 10,159 1,364 13.4%
Shakopee 10 39,656 35,075 4,581 13.1%
Farmington 11 22,226 19,659 2,567 13.1%
Prior Lake 12 24,997 22,193 2,804 12.6%
Moorhead 13 41,321 36,721 4,600 12.5%
Woodbury 14 66,699 59,447 7,252 12.2%
Jordan 15 5,981 5,341 640 12.0%
Isanti 16 5,453 4,873 580 11.9%
Rosemount 17 23,099 20,708 2,391 11.5%
Sartell 18 16,442 14,756 1,686 11.4%
Albertville 19 7,286 6,548 738 11.3%
Bemidji 20 14,664 13,209 1,455 11.0%
St. Michael 21 17,045 15,384 1,661 10.8%
Lakeville 22 59,786 53,984 5,802 10.7%
Byron 23 5,191 4,693 498 10.6%
Ramsey 24 25,329 22,925 2,404 10.5%
Savage 25 29,399 26,609 2,790 10.5%
Blaine 26 61,210 55,413 5,797 10.5%
Waite Park 27 7,371 6,720 651 9.7%
Chaska 28 25,078 22,993 2,085 9.1%
Belle Plaine 29 6,892 6,325 567 9.0%
Plymouth 30 75,105 69,171 5,934 8.6%
Delano 31 5,754 5,301 453 8.5%
Chanhassen 32 24,796 22,851 1,945 8.5%
St. Joseph 33 6,775 6,246 529 8.5%
St. Anthony 34 8,790 8,106 684 8.4%
Forest Lake 35 19,208 17,747 1,461 8.2%
Monticello 36 13,214 12,230 984 8.0%
Buffalo 37 15,927 14,771 1,156 7.8%
Kasson 38 6,143 5,703 440 7.7%
Dayton 39 5,031 4,672 359 7.7%
St. Francis 40 7,377 6,853 524 7.6%
Big Lake 41 10,393 9,659 734 7.6%
Zimmerman 42 5,330 4,954 376 7.6%
Stillwater 43 19,142 17,804 1,338 7.5%
New Prague 44 7,534 7,017 517 7.4%
Lake Elmo 45 8,445 7,878 567 7.2%
Mankato 46 40,900 38,187 2,713 7.1%
Brooklyn Park 47 78,823 73,642 5,181 7.0%
Baxter 48 7,858 7,342 516 7.0%
Maplewood 49 39,678 37,085 2,593 7.0%
Detroit Lakes 50 9,060 8,472 588 6.9%
Rochester 51 111,396 104,201 7,195 6.9%
Sauk Rapids 52 13,334 12,482 852 6.8%
Vadnais Heights 53 13,115 12,281 834 6.8%
Eden Prairie 54 63,206 59,219 3,987 6.7%
Arden Hills 55 10,126 9,498 628 6.6%
Minneapolis 56 404,670 379,631 25,039 6.6%
Cambridge 57 8,383 7,868 515 6.5%
White Bear Lake 58 24,992 23,461 1,531 6.5%
St. Louis Park 59 47,486 44,665 2,821 6.3%
North St. Paul 60 12,102 11,387 715 6.3%
Ham Lake 61 15,878 14,953 925 6.2%
Andover 62 31,906 30,097 1,809 6.0%
Roseville 63 35,254 33,261 1,993 6.0%
Oak Grove 64 8,334 7,881 453 5.7%
Little Canada 65 10,202 9,668 534 5.5%
Worthington 66 13,036 12,357 679 5.5%
Elk River 67 23,743 22,514 1,229 5.5%
St. Paul 68 297,160 282,079 15,081 5.3%
Edina 69 49,976 47,445 2,531 5.3%
Orono 70 7,772 7,386 386 5.2%
Champlin 71 23,929 22,741 1,188 5.2%
Northfield 72 20,405 19,414 991 5.1%
Shoreview 73 26,161 24,901 1,260 5.1%
St. Peter 74 11,567 11,017 550 5.0%
Mounds View 75 12,708 12,107 601 5.0%
Lino Lakes 76 20,758 19,784 974 4.9%
Hermantown 77 9,599 9,149 450 4.9%
Falcon Heights 78 5,534 5,276 258 4.9%
Cottage Grove 79 35,632 34,025 1,607 4.7%
New Brighton 80 22,233 21,327 906 4.2%
Golden Valley 81 21,040 20,184 856 4.2%
Hastings 82 22,501 21,591 910 4.2%
Inver Grove Heights 83 34,757 33,353 1,404 4.2%
Minnetonka 84 51,651 49,567 2,084 4.2%
Little Falls 85 8,682 8,350 332 4.0%
Shorewood 86 7,548 7,267 281 3.9%
Apple Valley 87 50,602 48,751 1,851 3.8%
Hopkins 88 18,077 17,420 657 3.8%
Brooklyn Center 89 30,785 29,673 1,112 3.7%
Robbinsdale 90 14,382 13,878 504 3.6%
Corcoran 91 5,572 5,380 192 3.6%
Mahtomedi 92 7,964 7,699 265 3.4%
Stewartville 93 6,062 5,861 201 3.4%
Richfield 94 35,912 34,773 1,139 3.3%
Crystal 95 22,777 22,059 718 3.3%
East Grand Forks 96 8,636 8,386 250 3.0%
Mound 97 9,306 9,037 269 3.0%
Bloomington 98 85,080 82,621 2,459 3.0%
Grand Rapids 99 11,053 10,762 291 2.7%
New Hope 100 20,819 20,281 538 2.7%
St. Cloud 101 66,770 65,163 1,607 2.5%
North Mankato 102 13,451 13,147 304 2.3%
Faribault 103 23,530 23,034 496 2.2%
Eagan 104 65,874 64,494 1,380 2.1%
Oakdale 105 27,956 27,378 578 2.1%
Thief River Falls 106 8,726 8,554 172 2.0%
North Branch 107 10,157 9,978 179 1.8%
St. Paul Park 108 5,352 5,264 88 1.7%
Austin 109 24,841 24,439 402 1.6%
Morris 110 5,343 5,258 85 1.6%
Willmar 111 19,641 19,335 306 1.6%
Marshall 112 13,616 13,428 188 1.4%
Wyoming 113 7,785 7,680 105 1.4%
Owatonna 114 25,580 25,319 261 1.0%
Columbia Heights 115 19,689 19,501 188 1.0%
Burnsville 116 61,158 60,693 465 0.8%
West St. Paul 117 19,779 19,640 139 0.7%
Coon Rapids 118 62,159 61,990 169 0.3%
Cloquet 119 12,047 12,019 28 0.2%
Red Wing 120 16,484 16,449 35 0.2%
East Bethel 121 11,618 11,600 18 0.2%
Duluth 122 86,164 86,066 98 0.1%
Mendota Heights 123 11,231 11,220 11 0.1%
South St. Paul 124 20,281 20,286 -5 -0.0%
Fridley 125 27,447 27,467 -20 -0.1%
Spring Lake Park 126 6,519 6,531 -12 -0.2%
Fergus Falls 127 13,310 13,353 -43 -0.3%
Anoka 128 17,325 17,449 -124 -0.7%
Hibbing 129 16,230 16,396 -166 -1.0%
Winona 130 27,372 27,663 -291 -1.1%
Crookston 131 7,814 7,900 -86 -1.1%
Litchfield 132 6,667 6,747 -80 -1.2%
Waseca 133 9,267 9,426 -159 -1.7%
New Ulm 134 13,279 13,509 -230 -1.7%
Albert Lea 135 17,775 18,088 -313 -1.7%
Virginia 136 8,594 8,766 -172 -2.0%
Hutchinson 137 13,891 14,188 -297 -2.1%
Brainerd 138 13,440 13,741 -301 -2.2%
Glencoe 139 5,535 5,670 -135 -2.4%
Montevideo 140 5,207 5,357 -150 -2.8%
Fairmont 141 10,311 10,629 -318 -3.0%
Redwood Falls 142 5,086 5,257 -171 -3.3%
International Falls 143 6,226 6,469 -243 -3.8%
Lake City 144 5,111 5,367 -256 -4.8%

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