The number of Minnesotans turning 65 in this decade (about 285,000) will be greater than the past four decades combined.
Around 2020, Minnesota's 65+ population is expected to eclipse the 5-17 K-12 population, for the first time in history.
The total number of older adults (65+) is anticipated to double between 2010 and 2030, according to our projections. By then, more than 1 in 5 Minnesotans will be an older adult, including all the Baby Boomers.
Data for MN and all MN counties from the U.S. Census Bureau's Vintage 2015 Population Estimates (and 2016 as available):
Note: Users needing race/ethnicity data are cautioned that the file below contains estimates for each race group that include individuals who are that race alone plus that race in combination with one or more other race(s). Therefore, adding the five race groups will result in a sum of more than the total population for any county or the state because multiracial individuals appear in more than one column (unlike the file immediately above). However, for any one race group, this file will give the most inclusive estimate by race. This is particularly helpful for the American Indian population, which contains many multiracial persons.
Featured Map: Percent of the population that is 65 years or older
Use the map below to explore which locations (down to census tracts, areas of about 4,000 people) have a higher percentage of residents age 65+. You can zoom in and out (using the zoom tool at the upper right) as well as pan from side to side with this map to see all areas of Minnesota and the nation. See all of our maps and interactive data displays in our Map & Viz Gallery.
Data mapped by PolicyMap, an online GIS mapping tool.