Population of Minnesota 2021
Before the European colonization, Minnesota was populated by the Anishinabe, the Sioux and other indigenous people. The first European settlers were French fur traders who arrived at the beginning of the 17th century.
Minnesota’s population rose from 6,100 in 1850 to 1.75 million in 1900. Within the next six decades, the population grew by 15 percent, so that in 1960 the number had risen to 3.41 million residents. In the years that followed, population growth slowed to rates of around 10 percent per decade. As of April 1, 2010, there were 5,303,925 people in Minnesota, according to the US Census Bureau.
Although ethnic minorities make up a significantly smaller proportion of the total population, they have shown above-average growth.
Over two-thirds of Minnesota’s population descended from ancestors in Western Europe. With 34 percent, people of German origin form the largest group, with 15.3 percent of Norwegian, 10.4 percent of Irish and 8.0 percent of Swedish descent. (Status 2014)
The composition has changed over the past few years. Forecasts predict a significantly above-average increase in the black and Hispanic population groups from a total of 9 in 2000 to 22 percent in 2030, but also in immigrants from Asia, the Middle East and from the areas of the former Soviet Union.
Top Counties by Population in Minnesota
|Rank||County Name||Population||Population Density (per km²)|
|6||Saint Louis County||200,237||12.42|
|14||Blue Earth County||64,024||32.85|
|15||Crow Wing County||62,511||24.22|
|17||Otter Tail County||57,314||11.18|
|38||Le Sueur County||27,714||23.85|
|39||Mille Lacs County||26,108||17.55|
|67||Yellow Medicine County||10,449||5.32|
|76||Lac qui Parle County||7,270||3.67|
|82||Big Stone County||5,280||4.10|
|85||Red Lake County||4,100||3.66|
|86||Lake of the Woods County||4,056||1.21|
Main Cities in Minnesota by Population
Below is the 10 largest cities In Minnesota by population. Check COUNTRYAAH for a list of all towns and cities of Minnesota in alphabetical order.