Chart of the day: 2040 Growth Forecasts – Total Population

2040 Growth Forecast - Total Population Growth

Part two in a series.  This map shows total population growth, projected by the Metropolitan Council, between 2010 and 2040.  Minneapolis and Saint Paul are much larger than the top legend values, with a 82,000 and 49,000 increase respectively.  The next three cities in terms of total growth are Blaine (28k), Lakeville (27k), and Woodbury (25k). is a non-profit and is volunteer run. We rely on your support to keep the servers running. If you value what you read, please consider becoming a member.

5 Responses to Chart of the day: 2040 Growth Forecasts – Total Population

  1. Matt Steele
    Matt Steele March 11, 2014 at 9:39 am #

    I’d love to see a map that shows growth forecasts per acre. Would that make the (small) inner ring suburbs look a little healthier? I have no idea why the Met Council thinks breakneck growth in Blaine, Lakeville, etc will continue. It has already died off compared to where it was.

    • Morgan March 11, 2014 at 10:30 am #

      Children? Maybe a demographic echo effect?

      • Matt Steele
        Matt Steele March 11, 2014 at 11:15 am #

        Interestingly enough, the elementary school I attended in Lakeville (and which was built less than 25 years ago) was closed a few years ago due to declining enrollment.

        This is one of the major flaws of suburban monocultures… we get bubbles and echoes of similar demographics, including age. This is horrific for school demographics and budgets when we look past the initial growth upside.

    • Brendon Slotterback
      Brendon Slotterback March 11, 2014 at 8:06 pm #

      The legend and symbology aren’t “good” in a cartographic sense, but here is population change per acre. Inner-ring suburbs do look better.

  2. Bill Lindeke
    Bill Lindeke March 11, 2014 at 12:41 pm #

    ugh, I was was just IN Blaine. empty farm fields galore with 5-lane STROADS running past them.

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