Minnesota population estimates
Population estimates give information on the present and past
population. Estimates rely on statistical methods and administrative
Projections tell about the population at future dates. If you want
information about expected future population, go the the
page or look under "Population forecasting" on the
A to Z index.
About MN State Demographic Center Estimates
The Minnesota State Demographic Center is required by law to produce annual
population and household estimates for counties, cities and townships.
Estimates are released in July and are benchmarked to April 1 of the previous
year. The estimates are used to determine local government aid and levy
limits. We do not produce independent population estimates for the years when
the U.S. Census Bureau conducts the decennial census (2000,
Our latest estimates for Minnesota counties, cities and towns (incorporated
places and minor civil divisions) — dated to April 1, 2011 — were released July
15, 2012. These files contain 2011 estimates of the total population,
households, and persons per household. Similar figures from the 2010 and 2000
decennial census are provided in the same file for comparison.
To download, save file and open in spreadsheet or database.
Obtain a report by selecting an area and category followed by any number of years. To select multiple years, hold down the "Ctrl" key and click on the desired years.
Data for 2000 and 2010 are decennial census counts. All other years are
estimates prepared by our office.
Interactive Tool: 2000-2011 Minnesota Population, Household and Persons Per Household Estimates
Source: Minnesota State Demographic Center.
Twin Cities metro estimates
Population and household estimates for cities and townships within the
seven-county Twin Cities area as well as the counties themselves (Anoka, Carver,
Dakota, Hennepin, Ramsey, Scott and Washington counties) are produced
independently by the Metropolitan Council.
U.S. Census Bureau Estimates
- U.S. Census Bureau
population estimates: Click "Current estimates data" to see list of
most recent estimates or "Historical data" to see estimates prior to 2010. Estimates include total population, age and sex, and
race and ethnicity. Geographic areas include states, counties, cities and
metropolitan areas. Not all types of data are available for all areas.