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:
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.
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]
Population: 11,747 Population 2010: 7,661
Growth Rate: 53.34%
Absolute Growth: 4,086
Population: 13,850 Population 2010: 12,129
Growth Rate: 14.19%
Absolute Growth: 1,721
Population 2014: 14,257 Population 2010: 12,521
Growth Rate: 13.86%
Absolute Growth: 1,736
Population: 7,845 Population 2010: 6,954
Growth Rate: 12.81%
Absolute Growth: 891
Population: 6,661 Population 2010: 5,976
Growth Rate: 11.46%
Absolute Growth: 685
Population: 21,861 Population 2010: 19,659
Growth Rate: 11.2%
Absolute Growth: 2,202
Population: 5,396 Population 2010: 4,873
Growth Rate: 10.73%
Absolute Growth: 523
Population: 11,230 Population 2010: 10,159
Growth Rate: 10.54%
Absolute Growth: 1,071
Population: 5,163 Population 2010: 4,680
Growth Rate: 10.32%
Absolute Growth: 483
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!
For more Minnesota reading , check out:
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Detailed List Of Fastest Growing Places In Minnesota
|St. Louis Park||58|
|White Bear Lake||59|
|North St. Paul||70|
|East Grand Forks||83|
|Inver Grove Heights||84|
|Thief River Falls||105|
|St. Paul Park||108|
|South St. Paul||116|
|West St. Paul||119|
|Spring Lake Park||126|