5 new snapshots of Minnesota

  • Updated: March 16, 2011 - 9:54 PM
Showing age in the 'burbs

In what might be the census' biggest surprise, Bloomington, Minnetonka, Anoka, Mounds View, Vadnais Heights and Wayzata have fewer residents than a decade ago.

Urban core losses slight

Minneapolis lost a mere 40 people while Hennepin County grew 3 percent. St. Paul, the second-largest city, declined less than 1 percent, as did Ramsey County.

Decline in the countryside

Depopulation continued, especially in southwestern Minnesota and along the state's southern, western and northern borders. The big outstate exception: Rochester, up 24 percent.

Minorities fuel growth

Four of every five people added to the state during the decade were black, Hispanic, Asian or American Indian. The biggest increases were among Hispanics, who can be of any race. 

Redistricting: Let fun begin

Population changes have left too many people in Michele Bachmann's congressional district and not enough in Betty McCollum's. The every-10-years political blood sport is on. 


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