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:
- Alexandria (Photos)
- Minnetrista (Photos)
- Maple Grove (Photos)
- Waconia (Photos)
- 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.
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
Population: 8,385 Population 2010: 6,954
Growth Rate: 20.58%
Absolute Growth: 1,431
Population: 5,633 Population 2010: 4,680
Growth Rate: 20.36%
Absolute Growth: 953
Population: 15,065 Population 2010: 12,521
Growth Rate: 20.32%
Absolute Growth: 2,544
Population: 13,185 Population 2010: 11,094
Growth Rate: 18.85%
Absolute Growth: 2,091
Population: 14,223 Population 2010: 12,129
Growth Rate: 17.26%
Absolute Growth: 2,094
Population: 6,963 Population 2010: 5,976
Growth Rate: 16.52%
Absolute Growth: 987
8. Maple Grove
Population: 66,969 Population 2010: 59,039
Growth Rate: 13.43%
Absolute Growth: 7,930
Population: 11,523 Population 2010: 10,159
Growth Rate: 13.43%
Absolute Growth: 1,364
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!
For more Minnesota reading , check out:
- These Are The 10 Richest Cities In Minnesota For 2016
- 10 Small Towns In Minnesota Where You’d Never Want To Live
- These Are The 10 Most Ghetto Cities In Minnesota
Detailed List Of Fastest Growing Places In Minnesota
|White Bear Lake||58|
|St. Louis Park||59|
|North St. Paul||60|
|Inver Grove Heights||83|
|East Grand Forks||96|
|Thief River Falls||106|
|St. Paul Park||108|
|West St. Paul||117|
|South St. Paul||124|
|Spring Lake Park||126|