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Population of Counties in Minnesota (2024)

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2024 Population
Growth Since 2020
Area (mi²)
Density (/mi²)
Hennepin County1,260,360-1.66%2142,275Hennepin County location
Ramsey County534,847-3.06%593,519Ramsey County location
Dakota County451,6082.54%217802Dakota County location
Anoka County375,7743.09%163890Anoka County location
Washington County281,7034.96%149732Washington County location
St. Louis County201,4700.69%2.4K32St. Louis County location
Olmsted County165,5321.53%252253Olmsted County location
Stearns County161,7122.04%518120Stearns County location
Scott County157,2053.87%137442Scott County location
Wright County154,1828.67%255233Wright County location
Carver County111,9944.38%137316Carver County location
Sherburne County103,8726.43%167240Sherburne County location
Blue Earth County70,4091.74%28994Blue Earth County location
Crow Wing County68,7243.69%38569Crow Wing County location
Rice County68,3731.89%191138Rice County location
Clay County66,6562.01%40364Clay County location
Otter Tail County60,7081.01%76131Otter Tail County location
Chisago County59,1724.33%160143Chisago County location
Winona County49,9730.66%24280Winona County location
Goodhue County48,0290.95%29263Goodhue County location
Beltrami County46,9251.45%96719Beltrami County location
Itasca County45,5361.11%1K17Itasca County location
Kandiyohi County43,8550.3%30855Kandiyohi County location
Isanti County43,6535.45%168100Isanti County location
Benton County41,6910.81%157102Benton County location
Douglas County40,2222.9%24663Douglas County location
Mower County40,0660.02%27456Mower County location
Steele County37,4130.08%16687Steele County location
Carlton County37,1062.55%33243Carlton County location
McLeod County36,8360.22%19075McLeod County location
Becker County35,2030.03%50827Becker County location
Morrison County34,2630.73%43430Morrison County location
Nicollet County34,141-1.02%17376Nicollet County location
Cass County31,5844.69%78016Cass County location
Pine County30,8616.79%54522Pine County location
Freeborn County30,347-1.78%27343Freeborn County location
Polk County30,099-3.14%76115Polk County location
Le Sueur County29,3862.62%17365Le Sueur County location
Mille Lacs County27,5594.12%22148Mille Lacs County location
Todd County25,8012%36527Todd County location
Brown County25,494-1.62%23642Brown County location
Lyon County25,421-0.01%27636Lyon County location
Meeker County23,4540.07%23539Meeker County location
Hubbard County22,3014.22%35724Hubbard County location
Wabasha County21,7141.43%20242Wabasha County location
Fillmore County21,5901.63%33225Fillmore County location
Nobles County21,496-3.19%27630Nobles County location
Dodge County21,1841.41%16948Dodge County location
Martin County19,658-1.65%27528Martin County location
Waseca County19,0480.45%16345Waseca County location
Houston County18,437-2.19%21333Houston County location
Kanabec County16,7554.37%20132Kanabec County location
Aitkin County16,0622.16%7039Aitkin County location
Sibley County15,2403.02%22726Sibley County location
Redwood County15,218-1.3%33917Redwood County location
Roseau County15,170-0.87%6459Roseau County location
Wadena County14,2460.91%20727Wadena County location
Renville County14,223-3.21%37914Renville County location
Faribault County13,816-0.59%27519Faribault County location
Pennington County13,612-2.37%23822Pennington County location
Chippewa County12,075-4.23%22421Chippewa County location
Koochiching County11,654-3.13%1.2K4Koochiching County location
Pope County11,3800.49%26117Pope County location
Cottonwood County11,256-2.26%24718Cottonwood County location
Watonwan County11,048-1.75%16825Watonwan County location
Lake County10,798-1.04%8145Lake County location
Jackson County9,940-0.55%27114Jackson County location
Stevens County9,8411.81%21817Stevens County location
Swift County9,667-1.36%28613Swift County location
Rock County9,548-1.32%18620Rock County location
Yellow Medicine County9,450-0.47%29312Yellow Medicine County location
Pipestone County9,163-2.7%17920Pipestone County location
Marshall County8,731-3.28%6855Marshall County location
Clearwater County8,6500.84%3869Clearwater County location
Murray County8,058-1.32%27211Murray County location
Lac qui Parle County6,604-1.42%2959Lac qui Parle County location
Norman County6,287-2.32%3377Norman County location
Wilkin County6,254-3.47%2908Wilkin County location
Grant County6,1571.05%21211Grant County location
Cook County5,557-0.71%5614Cook County location
Lincoln County5,466-2.83%20710Lincoln County location
Mahnomen County5,221-2.96%2159Mahnomen County location
Big Stone County5,061-1.88%19310Big Stone County location
Kittson County4,034-4.13%4244Kittson County location
Red Lake County3,9410.08%1679Red Lake County location
Lake of the Woods County3,670-2.52%5013Lake of the Woods County location
Traverse County3,030-9.66%2225Traverse County location
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There are 87 counties in Minnesota. In the state of Minnesota, Hennepin County is the most populous with a population of 1,259,428 as of 2019. Since the time of the 2010 census, the county has experienced a population increase of 9.12%. More than 1 out of every 5 people in Minnesota live in Hennepin County which is the county seat of Minneapolis. Following Hennepin County as the most populous county are Ramsey County (550,210), Dakota County (425,423), Anoka County (353,813), and Washington County (259,201). Respectively, these counties have seen population growth of 8.01%, 6.57%, 6.75%, and 8.48% since the 2010 census. Hennepin County experienced the most rapid growth.

Minnesota Counties With the Fewest Residents

The Minnesota county with the lowest population count is Traverse County. Traverse County has a population of 3,308 which, since the 2010 census, has shrunk by 6.40%. Behind Traverse County, other small Minnesota counties with a population below 5,000 residents are Lake of the Woods County (3,758), Red Lakes County (3,999), Kittson County (4,248), and Big Stone County (4,989). All of these counties have experienced negative population growth. Kittson County experienced the most significant population loss with a growth rate of -6.70%.

Minnesota Counties With Rapid Growth

The county with the most significant rate of growth in Minnesota is Carver County. With a population growth of 13.29% since the 2010 census, Carver County, as of 2019, has a population of 103,551. The next three counties with the most rapid growth in Minnesota are Scott County (12.93%), Hennepin County (9.12%), and Wright County (9.0%). The county with the most rapid decrease in population is Lac qui Perle County, which has seen a loss of 8.11% since 2010.

Lists of Counties in all States

  1. Minnesota State Demographic Center
  2. US Census State Population Estimates - Most recent state estimates from the Census Bureau's Population Estimates Program
  3. US Census County Population Estimates - Most recent county estimates from the Census Bureau's Population Estimates Program
  4. American Community Survey (2009 - 2013)
  5. Census QuickFacts
  6. Historical Populations of States and Counties (1790 - 1990)