No Correlation Between Minneapolis’ Population and Golden Gopher Football Wins? Think Again!

I like cities, specifically Minneapolis. In addition, I like football, specifically the team that represents my alma mater, the University of Minnesota. Since I like both of these things, I thought: “They MUST be related somehow!”

Well, it turns out there has been a correlation between Minneapolis population and Golden Gopher wins per year since 2008. Who woulda thunk?

Population estimates were taken from the Minnesota State Demographic Center, and win data was taken from memory (but actually from Also, TCF Bank Stadium is in Minneapolis, so there is that connection too.


If you like football but not cities, I can tell you that Minneapolis and St. Paul are in the midst of an urban population revival, and have led the state in population growth since 2010. If you like cities but not football, I can tell you that the Gophers have had a great past couple seasons, and head coach Jerry Kill won Big Ten coach of the year this week.

If you like neither, you probably don’t read this site and most likely wouldn’t get along with me. 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.


3 Responses to No Correlation Between Minneapolis’ Population and Golden Gopher Football Wins? Think Again!

  1. Nick Magrino
    Nick Magrino December 4, 2014 at 4:53 pm #

    this is good

  2. Rebecca Airmet
    Rebecca December 4, 2014 at 4:58 pm #

    I think the message here is that if you want the Gophers to win, move to the Twin Cities.

  3. Joseph Totten
    Joseph Totten December 5, 2014 at 10:21 pm #

    Can we please up density faster? I really want all eight trophies (5 game trophies, division, big ten, and national champions)

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