The 10 Fastest Growing Cities In Minnesota For 2021


We used data and science to determine the places in Minnesota everyone wants to move to today.

Editor’s Note: Data has been updated for 2021. This is our seventh time ranking the fastest growing cities in Minnesota.

Is being in an area that's growing quickly a good thing or a bad thing?

Depends on who you ask. Some want bigger, more exciting cities like Minneapolis and St. Paul, while others want peace and quiet like in Chisago City and Montevideo, thank you very much.

But today we're going to put opinions aside and just look at the cold hard facts -- over the past five years, which cities in Minnesota have the grown the fastest.

After getting knee deep in the Census's American Community Survey, we emerged with this set of cities in the North Star State that have people climbing over each other to get in.

These are the 10 fastest growing cities in Minnesota for 2021 according to the most recent census data:

The 10 Fastest Growing Cities In Minnesota For 2021

  1. Rogers
  2. Medina
  3. Victoria
  4. Otsego
  5. Minnetrista
  6. Dayton
  7. Alexandria
  8. Sartell
  9. Hugo
  10. North Oaks

What's the fastest growing city in Minnesota for 2021? Based on the most recent ACS data, Rogers ranks as the fastest growing city in Minnesota. If you happen to be a resident of Rogers, you're probably not too surprised to find it on our list.

If you're surprised--and you're wondering why these places are kind of a big deal--keep reading. We'll tell you what makes each of these 10 places in Minnesota are growing like weeds.

And if you already knew these places were happening, check out the best places to live in Minnesota or the Fastest Growing States In America.

For more Minnesota state reading:

The 10 Fastest Growing Cities In Minnesota For 2021

1. Rogers

Rogers, MN

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 12,971
Rank Last Year: 1 (No Change)
Population 2010: 7,661
Percent Growth 69.3%
Absolute Growth: 5,310
More on Rogers: Homes For Sale | Data | Photos

2. Medina

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 6,380
Rank Last Year: 2 (No Change)
Population 2010: 4,680
Percent Growth 36.3%
Absolute Growth: 1,700
More on Medina: Homes For Sale | Data

3. Victoria

Victoria, MN

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 9,383
Rank Last Year: 3 (No Change)
Population 2010: 6,954
Percent Growth 34.9%
Absolute Growth: 2,429
More on Victoria: Homes For Sale | Data | Photos

4. Otsego

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 16,763
Rank Last Year: 4 (No Change)
Population 2010: 12,521
Percent Growth 33.9%
Absolute Growth: 4,242
More on Otsego: Homes For Sale | Data

5. Minnetrista

Minnetrista, MN

Overall SnackAbility

9.5
/10

Population: 7,621
Rank Last Year: 5 (No Change)
Population 2010: 5,976
Percent Growth 27.5%
Absolute Growth: 1,645
More on Minnetrista: Homes For Sale | Data | Photos

6. Dayton

Dayton, MN

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 5,817
Rank Last Year: 10 (Up 4)
Population 2010: 4,672
Percent Growth 24.5%
Absolute Growth: 1,145
More on Dayton: Homes For Sale | Data | Photos

7. Alexandria

Alexandria, MN

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 13,554
Rank Last Year: 6 (Down 1)
Population 2010: 11,094
Percent Growth 22.2%
Absolute Growth: 2,460
More on Alexandria: Homes For Sale | Data | Photos

8. Sartell

Sartell, MN

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

9.5
/10

Population: 18,005
Rank Last Year: 14 (Up 6)
Population 2010: 14,756
Percent Growth 22.0%
Absolute Growth: 3,249
More on Sartell: Homes For Sale | Data | Photos

9. Hugo

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 14,767
Rank Last Year: 7 (Down 2)
Population 2010: 12,129
Percent Growth 21.7%
Absolute Growth: 2,638
More on Hugo: Homes For Sale | Data

10. North Oaks

North Oaks, MN

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 5,177
Rank Last Year: 11 (Up 1)
Population 2010: 4,316
Percent Growth 19.9%
Absolute Growth: 861
More on North Oaks: Homes For Sale | Data | Photos

How We Measured The Fastest Growing Cities In the North Star State for 2021

To figure out which cities are growing the most, we simply had to look at the growth rates for cities sine the beginning of the decade, according to the American Community Survey put out by the census every year. Specifically:

  • Current Population
  • Population in 2010
  • Growth rate from 2010 to Current (The latest available data which came out in Dec 2018)

We ranked all 146 Minnesota cities with a population over 5,000 people from highest growth rate to lowest.

The city with the highest growth rate during this time was crowned the fastest growing city in the North Star State.

And for those of you who are a little rusty with their statistics, you can calculate the growth rate by the following formula:

[Current Population - Population 2010] / [Population 2010]

Here's a graph of the cities in Minnesota with the largest percent increase in population:
Fastest Growing Cities in Minnesota Graph For 2021

Click to enlarge

These Places Grew Up So Fast In Minnesota, You Know?

So there you have it, the fastest growing cities in Minnesota are led by Rogers which has been growing at a blistering pace this decade relative to other cities and towns around the state.

It'll be interesting to see if these places can keep growing at the same rate over the next couple of years. We'll be here to let you know!

These places have been growing (or shrinking) the slowest (fastest):

  1. International Falls
  2. Fairmont
  3. Montevideo

For more Minnesota reading, check out:

Detailed List Of Fastest Growing Places In Minnesota For 2021

Rank City Growth Population Population 2010
1 Rogers 69.3% 12,971 7,661
2 Medina 36.3% 6,380 4,680
3 Victoria 34.9% 9,383 6,954
4 Otsego 33.9% 16,763 12,521
5 Minnetrista 27.5% 7,621 5,976
6 Dayton 24.5% 5,817 4,672
7 Alexandria 22.2% 13,554 11,094
8 Sartell 22.0% 18,005 14,756
9 Hugo 21.7% 14,767 12,129
10 North Oaks 19.9% 5,177 4,316

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About Chris Kolmar

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