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      2040: The Changing Face of Minnesota

      Posted on July 17, 2012 at 2:04 PM


      The Minneapolis-St. Paul area’s population will grow in two ways in the coming decades: it will grow in size, and it will grow in diversity.

      The Metropolitan Council has predicted that by 2040, the population of the Twin Cities Metropolitan Area will grow by 893,000 people to a total population of 3,743,000, and that 43% of residents will be people of color in 2040 – up from 24% in 2010. The region’s Hispanic population is expected to nearly triple, from 168,000 in 2010 to 479,000 in 2040.

      The region will also see a more diverse student population. The population of color under age 25 will double in size by 2040 up from 335,000 in 2010 to 676,000. This change will then be reflected in Minnesota’s workforce as that population moves from school into the job market further down the road; likewise, the workforce by 2040 will reflect the diversity of today’s under-25 population.

      Much of Minnesota’s increasing diversity is due to Minnesota’s role as a common immigration gateway, and Governor Dayton is proud that Minnesota continues to attract sizeable immigrant populations thanks to the region’s many employment and business opportunities.
      Check back in tomorrow for more information on how the growth in the Twin Cities metro’s population – and population diversity – benefits all Minnesotans.

      For more information from the Metropolitan Council’s projections, as well as methodology, click here.