State names Rogers as fastest-growing city, Medina 3rd

With a population under 700 persons merely 20-plus years ago, Rogers has boomed in population today to become the fastest-growing city in the entire state.

The Minnesota State Demographic Center released an “Analysis of the 2015 Population and Household Estimates” with stats about growth in the city’s states and counties.

Aided by the 2012 merger with Hassan Township, Rogers’ growth skyrocketed 44 percent from 2010 to 2015, from 8,597 persons in 2010 to 12,381 in 2015. The 44 percent growth was nearly double the next closest city, Wayzata, whose population increased 23.8 percent from 3,688 people in 2010 to 4,564 people in 2015.

Rogers Mayor Rick Ihli noted that his city is a gateway to vacation destinations on Interstate 94 and Hwy. 101.

“Those heading west and north all flow through Rogers,” he said. “They see what a great city we are. We have won several awards, best place to raise a family, great place to build a home, awesome schools, a booming commercial industrial area.”

He also noted that Rogers’ citizens have one of the highest per capita household incomes in the state, “and our homes carry one of the highest per capita values in the state. We have more people that come into Rogers to work than those that go out.”

Rounding out the top 10 fastest-growing cities are Medina, 5,967 population in 2015 (increase of 22 percent since 2010); Eagle Lake in Blue Earth County, Alexandria in Douglas County, Victoria in Carver County, Carver in Carver County, Madison Lake in Blue Earth County, Rogers’ neighbor Otsego in Wright County, and St. Anthony in Hennepin and Ramsey counties.

State and Regional Highlights

• Minnesota’s estimated population in 2015 is 5,485,238.

• Minnesota added 181,313 residents between 2010 and 2015.

• Only 2 of the 13 regions in Minnesota grew faster than the state population growth rate of +3.4%.

• The fastest-growing regions of Minnesota between 2010 and 2015 were Region 11 (+5.5%) and Region 07W (+3.8%), which include the Twin Cities and St. Cloud.

• Six of the thirteen regions of the state (01, 03, 06E, 06W, 07E, 08) lost population between 2010 and 2015.

• Over half (54.8%) of Minnesota’s population lives in the seven Twin Cities area counties that make up Region 11.

• The population of Region 11 has surpassed 3 million.

Metropolitan Highlights

• A metropolitan area contains an urban core of at least 50,000 or more population. The urban core generally has a population density of at least 1,000 persons per square mile. Each metro area consists of one or more counties and includes the counties containing the core urban area as well as any adjacent counties that have a high degree of social and economic integration.

  • Over 77 percent of all Minnesotans lived in a metropolitan area in 2015.
  • With an increase of 4.5%, the metropolitan population grew faster than the state average (+3.4%) between 2010 and 2015.
  • The fastest-growing metropolitan areas since 2010 were the Minnesota portion of Fargo-Moorhead (+5.4%) and Minneapolis-St. Paul (+5.2%).
  • The Minnesota portions of the Grand Forks and La Crosse metropolitan areas lost population since 2010.
  • Non-metropolitan Minnesota experienced a small population loss since 2010.

City Highlights

  • In 2015, Minnesota had 853 cities ranging in size from 10 persons (Funkley) to 412,517 (Minneapolis).
  • Minnesota’s newest city is Rice Lake in St. Louis County.
  • There are 19 cities with populations exceeding 50,000.
  • There are 23 cities with fewer than 50 residents.
  • The fastest growing class of cities since 2010 has been the cities exceeding 100,000 population.
  • Minneapolis has added 29,939 residents and St. Paul has added 15,285 residents since 2010; Blaine, Rochester and Woodbury have each added more than 5,000 residents.
  • With the exception of Rochester and Moorhead, the largest population increases are in cities in the Twin Cities metro area.
  • Among cities with at least 1,000 residents in 2015, Rogers was the fastest-growing with an increase of 44.0% between 2010 and 2015.
  • Over half of the cities with fewer than 1,000 residents lost population between 2010 and 2015; during that time period two of every three cities with fewer than 250 residents lost population.