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

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 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

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.

2. Victoria

Victoria, Minnesota

Population: 8,385
Population 2010: 6,954
Growth Rate: 20.58%
Absolute Growth: 1,431
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Victoria is a city in Carver County, Minnesota, United States. The population was 7,345 at the 2010 census.

3. Medina


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


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.

5. Alexandria

Alexandria, Minnesota

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


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

7. Minnetrista

Minnetrista, Minnesota

Population: 6,963
Population 2010: 5,976
Growth Rate: 16.52%
Absolute Growth: 987
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8. Maple Grove

Maple Grove, Minnesota

Source: Public domain

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.

9. Waconia

Waconia, Minnesota

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.

10. Shakopee

Shakopee, Minnesota

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:

Detailed List Of Fastest Growing Places In Minnesota

Rank City Pop 2016 Pop 2010 Growth % Growth
1 Rogers 12,284 7,661 4,623 60.3%
2 Victoria 8,385 6,954 1,431 20.6%
3 Medina 5,633 4,680 953 20.4%
4 Otsego 15,065 12,521 2,544 20.3%
5 Alexandria 13,185 11,094 2,091 18.8%
6 Hugo 14,223 12,129 2,094 17.3%
7 Minnetrista 6,963 5,976 987 16.5%
8 Maple Grove 66,969 59,039 7,930 13.4%
9 Waconia 11,523 10,159 1,364 13.4%
10 Shakopee 39,656 35,075 4,581 13.1%
11 Farmington 22,226 19,659 2,567 13.1%
12 Prior Lake 24,997 22,193 2,804 12.6%
13 Moorhead 41,321 36,721 4,600 12.5%
14 Woodbury 66,699 59,447 7,252 12.2%
15 Jordan 5,981 5,341 640 12.0%
16 Isanti 5,453 4,873 580 11.9%
17 Rosemount 23,099 20,708 2,391 11.5%
18 Sartell 16,442 14,756 1,686 11.4%
19 Albertville 7,286 6,548 738 11.3%
20 Bemidji 14,664 13,209 1,455 11.0%
21 St. Michael 17,045 15,384 1,661 10.8%
22 Lakeville 59,786 53,984 5,802 10.7%
23 Byron 5,191 4,693 498 10.6%
24 Ramsey 25,329 22,925 2,404 10.5%
25 Savage 29,399 26,609 2,790 10.5%
26 Blaine 61,210 55,413 5,797 10.5%
27 Waite Park 7,371 6,720 651 9.7%
28 Chaska 25,078 22,993 2,085 9.1%
29 Belle Plaine 6,892 6,325 567 9.0%
30 Plymouth 75,105 69,171 5,934 8.6%
31 Delano 5,754 5,301 453 8.5%
32 Chanhassen 24,796 22,851 1,945 8.5%
33 St. Joseph 6,775 6,246 529 8.5%
34 St. Anthony 8,790 8,106 684 8.4%
35 Forest Lake 19,208 17,747 1,461 8.2%
36 Monticello 13,214 12,230 984 8.0%
37 Buffalo 15,927 14,771 1,156 7.8%
38 Kasson 6,143 5,703 440 7.7%
39 Dayton 5,031 4,672 359 7.7%
40 St. Francis 7,377 6,853 524 7.6%
41 Big Lake 10,393 9,659 734 7.6%
42 Zimmerman 5,330 4,954 376 7.6%
43 Stillwater 19,142 17,804 1,338 7.5%
44 New Prague 7,534 7,017 517 7.4%
45 Lake Elmo 8,445 7,878 567 7.2%
46 Mankato 40,900 38,187 2,713 7.1%
47 Brooklyn Park 78,823 73,642 5,181 7.0%
48 Baxter 7,858 7,342 516 7.0%
49 Maplewood 39,678 37,085 2,593 7.0%
50 Detroit Lakes 9,060 8,472 588 6.9%
51 Rochester 111,396 104,201 7,195 6.9%
52 Sauk Rapids 13,334 12,482 852 6.8%
53 Vadnais Heights 13,115 12,281 834 6.8%
54 Eden Prairie 63,206 59,219 3,987 6.7%
55 Arden Hills 10,126 9,498 628 6.6%
56 Minneapolis 404,670 379,631 25,039 6.6%
57 Cambridge 8,383 7,868 515 6.5%
58 White Bear Lake 24,992 23,461 1,531 6.5%
59 St. Louis Park 47,486 44,665 2,821 6.3%
60 North St. Paul 12,102 11,387 715 6.3%
61 Ham Lake 15,878 14,953 925 6.2%
62 Andover 31,906 30,097 1,809 6.0%
63 Roseville 35,254 33,261 1,993 6.0%
64 Oak Grove 8,334 7,881 453 5.7%
65 Little Canada 10,202 9,668 534 5.5%
66 Worthington 13,036 12,357 679 5.5%
67 Elk River 23,743 22,514 1,229 5.5%
68 St. Paul 297,160 282,079 15,081 5.3%
69 Edina 49,976 47,445 2,531 5.3%
70 Orono 7,772 7,386 386 5.2%
71 Champlin 23,929 22,741 1,188 5.2%
72 Northfield 20,405 19,414 991 5.1%
73 Shoreview 26,161 24,901 1,260 5.1%
74 St. Peter 11,567 11,017 550 5.0%
75 Mounds View 12,708 12,107 601 5.0%
76 Lino Lakes 20,758 19,784 974 4.9%
77 Hermantown 9,599 9,149 450 4.9%
78 Falcon Heights 5,534 5,276 258 4.9%
79 Cottage Grove 35,632 34,025 1,607 4.7%
80 New Brighton 22,233 21,327 906 4.2%
81 Golden Valley 21,040 20,184 856 4.2%
82 Hastings 22,501 21,591 910 4.2%
83 Inver Grove Heights 34,757 33,353 1,404 4.2%
84 Minnetonka 51,651 49,567 2,084 4.2%
85 Little Falls 8,682 8,350 332 4.0%
86 Shorewood 7,548 7,267 281 3.9%
87 Apple Valley 50,602 48,751 1,851 3.8%
88 Hopkins 18,077 17,420 657 3.8%
89 Brooklyn Center 30,785 29,673 1,112 3.7%
90 Robbinsdale 14,382 13,878 504 3.6%
91 Corcoran 5,572 5,380 192 3.6%
92 Mahtomedi 7,964 7,699 265 3.4%
93 Stewartville 6,062 5,861 201 3.4%
94 Richfield 35,912 34,773 1,139 3.3%
95 Crystal 22,777 22,059 718 3.3%
96 East Grand Forks 8,636 8,386 250 3.0%
97 Mound 9,306 9,037 269 3.0%
98 Bloomington 85,080 82,621 2,459 3.0%
99 Grand Rapids 11,053 10,762 291 2.7%
100 New Hope 20,819 20,281 538 2.7%

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