Annual Population Estimates
Informing decisions about local resource needs
Census 2020 population counts now available
Each year, the Metropolitan Council releases its population and household estimates for use in various state aid programs. In years following a decennial census, though, we adopt the 2020 Census population counts. Those counts are now available on our Census webpage.
Council estimates will resume in May 2022 with the release of preliminary estimates for April 1, 2021. The 2020 Census will be the baseline for those estimates.
2019 population estimates
In accordance with Minnesota Statutes 473.24, the Council certified the final 2019 population estimates on July 15, 2020. The annual estimates are used in allocating local government aid, street aid, regional parks funding, and other funding sources.
Please note: Each year, we update our data and refine our methods. We don’t recommend taking the difference between the 2018 and 2019 estimates to calculate growth between 2018 and 2019. Instead, we recommend examining growth since the 2010 Census.
Population estimates for cities and townships
Every year, the Council research team estimates the population and households for each city and township in the Twin Cities region. These estimates are official for state government purposes, including the distribution of local government aid and local street aid. Estimates are for April 1 of the previous year (for example, estimates for April 1, 2019 were developed in 2020).
Small area estimates
We also calculate estimates for small areas like census tracts, block groups, and Transportation Analysis Zones (TAZs), which provide more geographically precise and timely estimates than is available from the U.S. Census Bureau's American Community Survey. These estimates use many of the same data sources as city and township estimates; the methodology is available here. 2019 Small Area Estimates are available at Minnesota Geospatial Commons.