Scott County is still among the fastest growing counties in the area. It and Carver County have continued to add residents in the past seven years, according to the U.S. Census Bureau.
Since the 2010 Census, Scott County’s population increased by almost 10.6 percent. That’s the highest growth rate by percentage in the Twin Cities. Its 2016 population is estimated at 143,680, according to the Census Bureau. Carver County’s rate of growth is close behind its neighbor. Its population increased by just over 10 percent, from 91,042 in 2010 to the Census Bureau’s estimate of 100,262 as of July of 2016.
The Twin Cities has likewise grown. Its population was at 2.85 million people in 2010. The 2016 Census Bureau estimate has the seven counties with a population of 3.03 million, an increase of 6½ percent or 184,067 people. Rural Minnesota also saw population growth, though not as pronounced as the Twin Cities. The non-metro counties’ population climbed from 2.45 million in 2010 to approximately 2.49 million, an increase of 1.3 percent (31,960 people). The Twin Cities region has 55 percent of the state’s population but accounted for 85 percent of the state’s net population growth since 2010.
Sibley County has lost population, albeit minor. The county’s 2010 population was 15,232. It has slowly declined – 15,114 in 2012 and 14,912 in 2014 – and is at 14,827 according to the Census Bureau’s 2016 estimates. Le Sueur County also lost population. Its 2016 population is estimated 27,591. That’s a drop of 109 people since 2010.
As a whole, Minnesota is home to 5.52 million people, according to the Census Bureau’s 2016 estimates. That’s an increase of about 216,027 (4.1 percent) from 2010.
About two-thirds of the Twin Cities region’s estimated population growth came via more people being born than passing away. The remainder of the increase came from international migration -- more people moving into the region from outside the United States than are moving out.
Later this year, the Metropolitan Council will issue its own population estimates for cities and townships in the metro area, using the Census information as a resource. Counties and cities will review the draft estimates in May and the Council will certify and release the estimates publicly in July.