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Our 2014 estimates available

Did you know that Bloomington overtook Duluth to become the 4th largest city in Minnesota (behind Minneapolis, St. Paul and Rochester) in 2014?

Our office's 2014 population and household estimates are now available--for townships, cities, counties, Economic Development Regions and Minnesota as a whole. Explore all the new data and trends on our Estimates page. Our estimates are produced jointly with the Met Council.

 

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Young Adults in Profile

Minnesota's young adults (ages 18-34) are pursuing more education, slower to marry, and yes, a little bit more likely to be living with Mom and Dad than earlier groups who came of age in Minnesota. You'll find them concentrated in cities such as Mankato, St. Cloud and Minneapolis, as well as Blue Earth, Clay, Stevens and Clay Counties. Learn more about the young adults who are making their mark on Minnesota in our Population Note, "Young Adults in Minnesota: A Demographic & Economic Profile," or catch the highlights in the blog.

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Minnesota Farmers Today

Minnesota is home to nearly 110,000 farmers, whose average age is 55. Women and diverse populations have made some small inroads into farming operations in recent years. 

Read more highlights about Minnesota's farmers in the blog, explore how many farmers are in your county in our data viz, or harvest all the facts in our Population Note about the demographics of farmers.

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Who's Coming & Who's Going?
Understanding Migration

Each year since 2001, Minnesota has lost more people to other U.S. states than it has gained. However, even greater numbers of international arrivals have resulted in positive net migration.

Read all about who's coming and who's leaving in our new report, "Minnesota on the Move: Migration Patterns & Implications."


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Which states grew the most - or the fastest - in 2014?

Minnesota’s population increased by more than 35,000 people between July 1, 2013 and July 1, 2014, bringing its population to 5.46 million. Minnesota ranked 16th among states for people added in the past year, and topped all Midwestern states. Texas led all states in numeric growth, followed by California. Read more about the newly released 2014 state population estimates.  

Explore how all states have changed since the 2010 census in our new data viz


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Birth Trends Update

Did you know that births in Minnesota peaked in 2007, and that total fertility rates for Black, Hispanic and Asian women in our state have declined sharply in recent years? Or that Minnesota families with a mother who was born in Mexico welcomed 2,053 babies in 2012, while 1,808 babies were born to Somalia-born mothers? Investigate these trends and more in our illuminating new Population Note devoted to birth trends.

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New ACS Data Available!

New census data about employment, income, poverty, health insurance and more was released September 18, 2014. Data from the 2013 American Community Survey (ACS) shows Minnesota's median household income increased $1,000 since 2012, while unemployment among Black Minnesotans fell 5 percentage points in the past two years. See all our key findings and more on our 2013 ACS release page



A Greater Understanding of "Greater Minnesota"

We are often asked what’s going on in the metro/urban areas of our state versus rural areas/"Greater Minnesota." This can be a difficult question to answer because people hold many different ideas for what constitutes these terms.

There are several ways to define urban and rural Minnesota when using demographic (and other) data. There isn’t one “right” way to do this, and one approach may be more appropriate than another based on your needs. If you wish to define "Greater MN" as all counties not part of an official metro area, that would include 60 counties in the state. 

Read more about defining metros and more in the "Ada to Zumbroda" blog.