Population of Counties in Minnesota (2022)

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.

Name 2022 Population Growth Since 2010 Density (mi²)
Aitkin County15,883-2.02%8.72
Anoka County367,36110.84%868.51
Becker County34,5256.06%26.25
Beltrami County48,5478.92%19.38
Benton County42,0269.27%102.93
Big Stone County4,994-5.29%10.01
Blue Earth County68,4786.85%91.57
Brown County24,657-4.59%40.35
Carlton County36,0181.70%41.81
Carver County109,75720.08%309.76
Cass County30,5836.74%15.13
Chippewa County11,497-7.62%19.78
Chisago County58,4008.34%140.80
Clay County64,8379.62%62.02
Clearwater County8,8271.40%8.84
Cook County5,5778.06%3.84
Cottonwood County11,007-6.04%17.20
Crow Wing County65,8385.16%65.95
Dakota County440,96410.46%784.04
Dodge County21,4356.36%48.80
Douglas County38,6847.49%60.70
Faribault County13,404-7.43%18.81
Fillmore County21,1361.31%24.54
Freeborn County29,684-4.87%41.98
Goodhue County46,4630.55%61.39
Grant County5,921-1.35%10.81
Hennepin County1,289,60011.73%2,328.71
Houston County18,684-1.79%33.84
Hubbard County22,0918.15%23.86
Isanti County42,53412.35%97.60
Itasca County45,3670.73%17.01
Jackson County9,699-5.57%13.80
Kanabec County16,6102.43%31.85
Kandiyohi County44,0664.34%55.27
Kittson County4,388-3.62%3.99
Koochiching County11,623-12.71%3.74
Lac qui Parle County6,500-10.28%8.50
Lake County10,734-1.11%5.09
Lake of the Woods County3,749-7.09%2.89
Le Sueur County29,7847.40%66.36
Lincoln County5,552-5.66%10.34
Lyon County25,147-2.72%35.19
McLeod County36,091-1.36%73.43
Mahnomen County5,6173.25%10.07
Marshall County9,195-2.61%5.18
Martin County19,416-6.68%27.26
Meeker County23,4530.53%38.56
Mille Lacs County26,8082.80%46.84
Morrison County34,0702.48%30.28
Mower County39,8221.56%55.98
Murray County8,014-7.85%11.37
Nicollet County34,4995.31%76.90
Nobles County21,284-0.66%29.76
Norman County6,063-11.27%6.95
Olmsted County164,09813.54%251.03
Otter Tail County58,9742.94%29.91
Pennington County13,957-0.08%22.64
Pine County29,9120.66%21.19
Pipestone County9,123-5.03%19.62
Polk County31,223-1.31%15.84
Pope County11,7116.72%17.49
Ramsey County554,6688.89%3,645.86
Red Lake County4,2444.05%9.81
Redwood County14,924-7.18%16.99
Renville County14,365-8.41%14.61
Rice County68,1906.14%137.52
Rock County9,057-6.22%18.77
Roseau County15,186-2.39%9.08
St. Louis County197,225-1.46%31.57
Scott County154,47918.37%433.40
Sherburne County101,08113.83%233.48
Sibley County14,469-5.16%24.57
Stearns County165,3329.67%123.11
Steele County36,382-0.32%84.68
Stevens County9,9642.67%17.68
Swift County9,095-6.76%12.26
Todd County24,9460.19%26.40
Traverse County3,163-10.50%5.51
Wabasha County21,573-0.46%41.25
Wadena County13,559-1.86%25.28
Waseca County18,456-3.60%43.59
Washington County273,06314.29%710.35
Watonwan County10,567-5.60%24.29
Wilkin County6,096-7.51%8.12
Winona County49,731-3.31%79.42
Wright County144,56915.57%218.56
Yellow Medicine County9,439-9.44%12.43