Chart of the Day: Metro Population Growth 2010-2017

The Metropolitan Council reports net growth of the metropolitan area of 8% in the years between 2010 and 2017, with the greatest growth occurring in “Urban Center communities” — Minneapolis and Saint Paul and the region’s oldest suburbs. Growth in these areas has accounted for one-third of the region’s population growth since 2010.

Growth by Presence of/Plan for Transitways

Growth by Transitways

The Council reports that growth was greatest in communities with existing or planned transitways; this is an aggregate assessment.  As individual categories, growth was greatest in communities with no transitways.

Growth By Community Designation

Growth by Designation

Urban Center communities account for one-third of regional growth. Urban Center (all others) includes communities that experienced their peak development before 2000, such as Brooklyn Park and Maplewood. Suburban Edge and Emerging Suburban Edge communities include Woodbury and Chanhassen – cities with more open land.

More about these growth charts, additional charts of the communities driving the greatest growth, and information about the population estimation models in use can be found on the Met Council site.

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5 Responses to Chart of the Day: Metro Population Growth 2010-2017

  1. Bill Lindeke
    Bill Lindeke May 17, 2018 at 5:19 pm #

    Where is “emerging suburban edge” anyway?

    • Julie Kosbab May 17, 2018 at 8:00 pm #

      Near as I can tell, Woodbury. Maybe Blaine. If you look, Blaine grew like crazy.

      I only added +1 to the population of Blaine from 2010 onward, unless you count my second cat.

      • Bill Lindeke
        Bill Lindeke May 18, 2018 at 10:52 am #

        I would guess Isanti County though… Seems like woodbury and Blaine are already well past the “emerging” stage.

  2. Sean Hayford Oleary
    Sean Hayford Oleary May 18, 2018 at 12:31 pm #

    I don’t think this is correct: “Urban Center (all others) includes communities that experienced their peak development before 2000, such as Brooklyn Park and Maplewood”

    “Urban Center (all others)” is basically the higher-density usually prewar and/or gridded suburbs of Minneapolis/St. Paul. Specifically: Robbinsdale, Richfield, Columbia Heights, SLP, Hopkins, and West/South St. Paul.

    Maplewood is “urban” (along with Edina, Bloomington, and remainder of first ring) and Brooklyn Park is “suburban”.

    Full designations here

  3. David Markle
    David Markle May 19, 2018 at 6:43 pm #

    What is meant by “transitway?”

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