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North Minneapolis was a major reason why the city’s population remained largely flat between 2000 and 2010. Census data compiled by the city show that distressed North Side neighborhoods like Jordan and Hawthorne hemorrhaged residents during the decade, while downtown, the North Loop and university areas boomed.
So who accounts for the population increase? A report presented to city leaders by the Urban Land Institute recently shows that households headed by 55- to 74-year-olds increased by 35 percent between 2004 and 2011, while households of 24- to 35-year-olds rose by 6.6 percent. Households headed by those ages 35 to 54 fell by 6.7 percent, however, something that has caught the attention of the city’s long-range planner, Kjersti Monson.
Monson expects many of those families are having second children and growing out of their homes. “I would attribute that to, in part, our housing stock,” Monson said, adding that the city needs to understand more about what’s available to those families.
Staff writer Jim Buchta contributed to this report.
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