A shared foundation for long-term, comprehensive planning
The Metropolitan Council develops forecasts of when, where and how much population, household and job growth the region and its communities can expect. We update the 30-year regional and local forecasts at least once per decade.
The regional forecast looks at the seven-county region’s position within the larger, national economy. The region's business conditions and competitive advantages determine economic and employment levels which, in turn, drive population growth by attracting people to the Twin Cities.
Once the regional forecast is complete, additional land use modeling locates future population, households and employment to specific communities within the region. The model looks at how demographics, regional policies, and available land affect real estate supply and demand.
Modeling only takes our forecasts so far: we work with local governments and planners to incorporate their on-the-ground knowledge about local development to adjust our forecast results.