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      Minnesota Moving Forward into 2040

      Posted on July 10, 2012 at 1:06 PM

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      The Minneapolis-St. Paul metro area is going to grow a lot in the next few decades, and Governor Dayton is proud to be leading Minnesota into a new era of increased output, population, and diversity.

      According to demographic changes projected by the Metropolitan Council, the Twin Cities metro area will see substantial growth in overall population, population diversity, economic output and jobs  over the coming three decades.

      The Council projects that by 2040, the greater Minneapolis-St. Paul metro area will grow by 893,000 people, to a total of 3,743,000, and that 43% of the metro population will be people of color (up from 24% in 2010). This is a slower growth rate per decade – at roughly 9 or 10 percent – than the 15 percent the metro area witnessed in the 1980s and 90s.

      What is causing these changes in growth? Natural population growth – which results from the number of births outpacing the number of deaths – will add 609,000 residents to the metro area through 2040. The metro area is also likely to gain around 284,000 new residents from migration. International immigration will steadily increase throughout the projection period. 

      Check back on our blog over the next few days for more details about the Council’s projections and what they mean for the metro area – and Minnesota – in the coming decades. In the meantime, if you want to read more about the Council’s projections and methodology, click here.