Minneapolis and Saint Paul downtowns grow as city-wide population stays flat


This week, the US Census released 2010 data for Minnesota.  I haven’t had much time to dig into the data, but I did check a few things.  First, I checked the health (in terms of population) of Minneapolis and Saint Paul, our core cities.  We seem to have bucked the trend, being seen in many midwestern core cities, of population decline.  Minneapolis is down 40 people since 2000 and Saint Paul lost 2,083 (-0.7%).

Although our core city population growth seems to be flat or declining, Minneapolis and Saint Paul also seem to be experiencing the “downtown renaissance” being seen in other parts of the country.

Using Census tracts that approximate the areas of each downtown (Minneapolis: south of Plymouth Avenue, inside the freeway belt, south of the river; Saint Paul: inside the freeway belt, north of the river) I compared population from 2000 to 2010.  The results are shown in the table below.  Both downtowns seem to be healthy and growing.

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5 thoughts on “Minneapolis and Saint Paul downtowns grow as city-wide population stays flat

  1. Neat. I’m guessing shrinking family size is to blame for the loss of population elsewhere in the central cities.

    It will be fun to dig through this data.

  2. I wonder to what extent is the offsetting decline in other areas of the cities is due to foreclosures and subprime mortgages over the last few years.

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  4. Thanks for the always-interesting posts!

    I thought about your stats in light of what I knew about downtown St. Paul (probably way too much).

    I’ll point out that your methodology for identifying downtown St. Paul (which you related pretty transparently to us, so kudos to that) is I suspect marginally flawed, in that it seems not take into account the many hundreds of new units at the Upper Landing. The Upper Landing, while not technically downtown proper, is on the riverfront right across Shepard Road from the Science Museum. This is pretty analogous to the North Loop riverfront development in Minneapolis, I think (and more urban in form than the marginally gated communities there).

    Anyhow, including that might have roughly evened out the growth percentages for the two cities. Just nitpicking your methodology somewhat for the sake of conversation/accuracy/asininity… I’m always happy to be reading the blog – so keep up the great posts coming…

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