Minneapolis, Minnesota Population 2020

437,069

Minneapolis is a city located in Minnesota. With a 2020 population of 437,069, it is the largest city in Minnesota and the 45th largest city in the United States. Minneapolis is currently growing at a rate of 1.35% annually and its population has increased by 14.24% since the most recent census, which recorded a population of 382,578 in 2010. Minneapolis reached it's highest population of 521,718 in 1950. Spanning over 57 miles, Minneapolis has a population density of 8,094 people per square mile.

The average household income in Minneapolis is $85,887 with a poverty rate of 19.94%. The median rental costs in recent years comes to $985 per month, and the median house value is $235,900. The median age in Minneapolis is 32.1 years, 31.9 years for males, and 32.3 years for females. For every 100 females there are 103.0 males.

Minneapolis's name is attributed to the first schoolteacher in the town who combined "mini," a Dakota word for water, with "polis," the Greek word for city. This name is appropriate, as Minneapolis has twenty lakes and wetlands, creeks, waterfalls and the Mississippi River, which are connected by the Chain of Lakes and the Grand Rounds National Scenic Byway.

Minneapolis rests on both banks of the Mississippi River and adjoins Saint Paul, the state's capital, to the north. The two we know as the Twin Cities, and it's the Minneapolis-Saint Paul metropolitan area that has more than 3.4 million residents.

This population of 3.4 million is based on the 2010 Census, but new census information shows the Twin Cities area has gained another 60,000 people, with Minneapolis leading the growth.

The growth in Minneapolis is excellent news, and it was a big surprise to demographers, who were hesitant even to call it a trend as the city seemed resigned to hollow success since the 1950s, with a flourishing culture and beautiful architecture, yet a shrinking population that was getting poorer.

By 1990, Minneapolis had lost 1/3 of its population, then grew at a modest pace for the next 20 years. During this time, its suburbs experienced tremendous growth, tripling its population of 60 years to overtake Detroit as the second-largest metropolitan region in the Midwest in 2010.

It was in 2011 that the city started to see faster growth, adding more people in just the past two years than it has in the past 20.

Minneapolis Diversity Statistics

White people currently account for 3/5 of the city's population, mostly of German and Scandinavian descent. 23% of the population is German Americans (82,800), while the Scandinavian American population is primarily Swedish (8.5%) and Norwegian (10.9%). Danish Americans also have a large share of the population at 1.3% and put together, the three groups account for 1 out of five people in Minneapolis, while Germans and Scandinavians account for over 43% -- the majority of the non-Hispanic white population in the city.

While these groups make up a large share of the population, other common European ancestry groups include Irish (11.3%), English (7%), Polish (3.9%) and French (3.5%).

Interestingly, Minneapolis had the 4th highest percentage of gay, lesbian and bisexual people among all US cities in 2006 with 12.5%, putting it behind San Francisco but just behind Atlanta and Seattle. Minneapolis was also named the 7th gayest city in the country in 2012 by The Advocate.

Minneapolis Population Growth

It's hard to say if Minneapolis can continue the great growth its seen in the last three years. Mayor R.T. Rybak said in his final state of the city speech in April 2013, "By 2025, we want 450,000 people to live in Minneapolis -- about 65,000 more than today." He added he wants to do this without putting a single new car on the roads or disrupting the character of the city's neighborhoods.

Minneapolis has led the large metropolitan area in new housing units for the last six years and, while it's only growing half as fast as Seattle or Denver, it will reach this goal if this trend continues. By 2040, it's possible for Minneapolis to reach its historic high of 522,000 in the early '50s. This article in the Star Tribune goes through several things Minneapolis will need to do to take advantage of this trend and see maximum growth.

The Dakota tribes, particularly the Mdewakanton, were permanent settlers in the area as early as the 16th century. New colonists began to arrive here between 1850 and 1865 from New York, Canada, and New England and, by the mid-1860s, immigrants from Finland, Sweden, Norway and Denmark began moving into the area. There were also substantial populations of migrant workers from Latin America and Mexico moving here for work.

Immigrants from Greece, Poland, Italy, Germany and Southern, and Eastern Europe began moving to Minneapolis later, and they settled in the Northeast neighborhood of the city, which is still known for its high Polish population.

By the 1880s, Jews from Russia and Eastern Europe began to arrive and settled in the northern area of the city before moving to the western suburbs in the 1950s and '60s.

The next wave of immigrants was Asians from the Philippines, Japan, Korea, and China. Government relocations also brought in two populations: Japanese during the 1940s and Native Americans in the next decade.

From the 1970s onward, Asians began to arrive from other countries like Thailand, Cambodia, and Vietnam. The Latino wave of immigrants was next in the 1990s, followed by immigrants from the Horn of Africa, particularly Somalia.

Between 1990 and 2000, the metro area had a 127% increase in its foreign-born population, and it's no surprise that Minneapolis is considered an immigrant gateway to the US.

Minneapolis Demographics

According to the most recent ACS, the racial composition of Minneapolis was:

  • White: 63.79%
  • Black or African American: 19.36%
  • Asian: 6.13%
  • Other race: 4.67%
  • Two or more races: 4.64%
  • Native American: 1.40%
  • Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander: 0.02%
The current population of Minneapolis, Minnesota is 437,069, based on our projections of the latest US Census estimates. The US Census estimates the 2018 population at 425,403.The last official US Census in 2010 recorded the population at 382,578.

Minneapolis, Minnesota Population 2020

Year Total Population Growth Annual Growth Rate
20203,702,23036,5200.99%
20193,665,71036,5201.00%
20183,629,19036,5201.01%
20173,592,67037,9801.06%
20163,554,69035,1900.99%
20153,519,50027,9200.79%
20143,491,58035,4801.02%
20133,456,10035,0501.01%
20123,421,05032,7600.96%
20113,388,29033,0200.97%
20103,355,2700.00%

Population by Race

Race Population Percentage
White265,36363.79%
Black or African American80,54619.36%
Asian25,4976.13%
Some Other Race19,4274.67%
Two or More Races19,2854.64%
American Indian and Alaska Native5,8341.40%
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander690.02%

Minneapolis Population Pyramid 2020

Minneapolis Median Age

32.1


Total

31.9


Male

32.3


Female

Minneapolis Adults

There are 332,557 adults, (39,650 of whom are seniors) in Minneapolis.

Minneapolis Age Dependency

42

Age Dependency Ratio

13.5

Old Age Dependency Ratio

28.5

Child Dependency Ratio

Minneapolis Sex Ratio

Female

204,926

49.26%

Male

211,095

50.74%

Minneapolis Households and Families

Minneapolis Renter vs Owner Occupied by Household Type

Minneapolis Household Types

Type Owner Renter
Married74.4%25.6%
All47.3%52.7%
Male46.7%53.3%
Non Family34.6%65.4%
Female33.8%66.2%

47.3%

Rate of Home Ownership

Type Count Average Size Owned
All173,9162.2947.3
Non Family96,0871.4734.6
Married54,0253.1874.4
Female17,3123.633.8
Male6,4923.546.7

3.18

Average Family Size

2.29

Average Household Size

8.1%

Unmarried (Opposite Sex)

1%

Unmarried (Same Sex)

Minneapolis Education

Education Attained Count Percentage
Less Than 9th Grade15,3825.58%
9th to 12th Grade13,0364.73%
High School Graduate43,37615.72%
Some College47,81117.33%
Associates Degree19,8837.21%
Bachelors Degree82,47929.90%
Graduate Degree53,88719.53%

Minneapolis Educational Attainment by Race

Name Total High School Bachelors
White186,200181,033114,506
Black43,92032,9456,238
Hispanic20,63411,8633,789
Asian14,70612,0887,792
Other Race10,4875,0441,090
Multiple Races8,0677,4263,703
Native American3,5582,907604
Islander696914

The highest rate of high school graduation is among islander people with a rate of 100.00%.

The highest rate of bachelors degrees is among white people with a rate of 61.50%.

Name Average Male Female
Overall$41,652$43,846$39,501
Less Than High School$21,029$24,535$17,327
High School Grad$26,675$28,995$23,786
Some College$33,125$36,966$30,224
Bachelors Degree$52,592$57,133$47,546
Graduate Degree$67,868$75,164$62,945

$41,652

Average Earnings

$43,846

Average Male

$39,501

Average Female

Minneapolis Language

Minneapolis Language by Age

Minneapolis Language

77.71% of Minneapolis residents speak only English, while 22.29% speak other languages. The non-English language spoken by the largest group is Spanish, which is spoken by 8.01% of the population.

Minneapolis Poverty

Minneapolis Poverty by Race

Name Total In Poverty Poverty Rate
Black77,90632,69441.97%
White239,02027,36711.45%
Hispanic38,9159,62324.73%
Asian24,0705,62023.35%
Other19,1005,13826.90%
Multiple18,4553,73420.23%
Native5,4691,82833.42%
Islander6968.70%

19.94%

Overall Poverty Rate

18.95%

Male Poverty Rate

20.96%

Female Poverty Rate

Poverty in Minneapolis

The race most likely to be in poverty in Minneapolis is Black, with 41.97% below the poverty level.

The race least likely to be in poverty in Minneapolis is Islander, with 8.70% below the poverty level.

The poverty rate among those that worked full-time for the past 12 months was 2.43%. Among those working part-time, it was 29.05%, and for those that did not work, the poverty rate was 38.47%.

Name Poverty
Less Than High School39.32%
High School23.29%
Some College16.89%
Bachelors or Greater5.22%
Name Poverty
Female Unemployed47.94%
Male Unemployed39.33%
Female Employed12.52%
Male Employed9.09%

Minneapolis Income

Minneapolis Income by Household Type

Name Median Mean
Households$58,993$85,887
Families$82,566$113,170
Married Families$108,545$140,360
Non Families$43,381$61,337

Minneapolis Marital Status

Minneapolis Marital Status

Marriage Rates

34.4%

Overall Marriage Rate

34.0%

Male Marriage Rate

34.8%

Female Marriage Rate

Minneapolis Married by Age and Sex

Minneapolis Marriage

The age group where males are most likely to be married is 45-54, while the female age group most likely to be married is 35-44.

Minneapolis Marital Status by Race

Minneapolis Veterans

14,184

Number of Veterans

12,900

Male Veterans

1,284

Female Veterans

War Veterans
Vietnam4,736
Second Gulf War2,317
First Gulf War2,142
Korea1,157
World War II741
Age Group Veterans
35 to 543,502
65 to 743,451
75+3,029
55 to 642,709
18 to 341,493
Name Veterans % of Total
White10,8954.73%
Black2,3914.46%
Hispanic4241.67%
Indian3047.20%
2 or More2342.08%
Asian2221.10%
Other1381.10%

$Minneapolis Veterans by Education

12.65%

Veteran Poverty Rate

28.58%

Veteran Disability Rate

Minneapolis Employment Status

74.4%

Labor Force Participation

70.3%

Employment Rate

5.5%

Unemployment Rate

Minneapolis Place of Birth

Origin of Non-Citizens

Non citizens include legal permanent residents (green card holders), international students, temporary workers, humanitarian migrants, and illegal immigrants.

Origin of Naturalized Citizens

51.62%

Born in Minnesota

84.30%

Native Born

15.70%

Foreign Born

8.71%

Non Citizen

Place of Birth

84.30% of Minneapolis residents were born in the United States, with 51.62% having been born in Minnesota. 8.71% of residents are not US citizens. Of those not born in the United States, the largest percentage are from Africa.

Year Population Growth Annual Growth Rate
2020437,0695,8331.35%
2019431,2365,8331.37%
2018425,4034,3311.03%
2017421,0725,8331.40%
2016415,2394,0890.99%
2015411,1504,0280.99%
2014407,1227,0141.75%
2013400,1087,3331.87%
2012392,7754,7531.22%
2011388,0224,9551.29%
2010383,0674490.01%
2000382,61814,2350.38%
1990368,383-2,568-0.07%
1980370,951-63,449-1.57%
1970434,400-48,472-1.05%
1960482,872-38,846-0.77%
1950521,71829,3480.58%
1940492,37028,0140.59%
1930464,35683,7742.01%
1920380,58279,1742.36%
1910301,40898,6904.05%
1900202,71837,9802.10%
1890164,738117,85113.39%
188046,88733,82113.63%
187013,06610,50217.69%
18602,5640.00%