By Jason DeRusha, WCCO-TV

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — When the Census Bureau released its 2010 report on Minnesota, it provided a picture of a changing Minnesota. So, what is the picture of the average Minnesotan today?

“The average Minnesotan, in some respects, is very much like the average American. In some respects, is very different,” said Tom Gillespy, Minnesota’s state demographer. “We are much less diverse than the rest of the country.”

Eighty-five out of 100 Minnesotans are white, which is down from 89 percent in the last 2000 U.S. Census.

The Hispanic population is up 75 percent, black Minnesotans grew 60 percent and Asian Minnesotans grew 51 percent. Hispanics and Blacks, however, still each make up about 5 percent of the state while Asians are about 4 percent.

“Our most diverse county, which is Ramsey County, is slightly less diverse than the national average,” said Gillespy.

The data underscores a long-time trend, that of people moving out of the cities and into the suburbs and exurbs.

Approximately 667,646 people live in Minneapolis and St. Paul. That’s fairly static from the last census, but the suburbs and exurbs of the metro area have grown considerably. In 2010, that population is 2,181,921, approximately 41 percent of the entire population of Minnesota.

“We saw substantial growth in the donut ring around the Twin Cities,” said Gillespy. “Right now, we’re pretty much a suburban, exurban society.”

We are also an older society. Minnesota’s median age is 37, according to Gillespy, which is in line with the national average.

“We’re not older. We’re not younger. We’re in the middle,” said Gillespy.

However, in 1990, the median age was 32. In 2000, it was 35.

“We’re on the verge of a retirement boom,” said Gillespy, a reality that is posing many challenges to the government and local planners.

As part of that, married couples with kids used to be the largest category in the Minnesota census.

“That’s no longer true,” said Gillespy. “It’s now empty nesters whose kids have grown up and moved away.”

Comments (7)
  1. tiredandretired says:

    We are the largest group of citizens in America, so we should have the most power. Treat us right, or we will vote your sorry butts out of office!

  2. Devoided says:


    You couldn’t consider the other demographic pieces first? So many choices…average age, average income, the ratio of male v.female, married v. single, average # of kids, and so many, many others…you gotta go to race why?

    We are all humans…we are all diverse…why does the liberal media have to lead (fuel) the racism????

    1. No-Racist says:

      Devoided, do us all a favor and see a shrink.

    2. Curious George says:

      They were analyzing the diversity with their main focus on race. They just using that data to compare with other states. How are they racists!?!?!

      Go get a brain….

  3. Anita Mann says:

    We moved to Minnesota eleven years ago from a state that is terribly racist, poor and crime ridden – Arizona. The quality of life and opportunties here just can’t be beat.

    We’re also a bi-cultural household so we’re changing the demographics here. All white, four of Hispanic descent.

  4. Curious says:

    Can I ask what made you choose Minnesota? I’ve always wondered how people land here from other states…
    Thanks, and welcome!

  5. carla says:

    I grew up in MN from my birth. We moved around a lot but always came back here. As I grew up, I hated the winters and moved to TX because they had work there. I had 2 sons, 1 with Spina Bifida and soon realized that he needed the care that MN excels in. MN has the best childrens hospitals. I love winter now and hate the heat. I love the 4 seasons here compared to 2 seasons in TX. Brown and Green. Unless my sons decided to relocate out of state, I cannot imagine living anywhere else.

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