Population of Counties in Minnesota (2020)

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 2020 Population Growth Since 2010
Hennepin County1,281,79011.06%
Ramsey County559,5949.86%
Dakota County432,6278.37%
Anoka County360,3978.74%
Washington County266,20911.41%
St. Louis County199,666-0.24%
Stearns County161,8107.33%
Olmsted County159,79310.56%
Scott County150,95315.66%
Wright County140,53712.34%
Carver County106,35316.36%
Sherburne County99,01411.50%
Blue Earth County68,5076.90%
Rice County67,2234.64%
Crow Wing County66,0375.48%
Clay County64,5019.06%
Otter Tail County59,9344.61%
Chisago County57,3386.37%
Winona County51,067-0.71%
Beltrami County47,5736.73%
Goodhue County46,5410.71%
Itasca County45,002-0.06%
Kandiyohi County43,1352.13%
Benton County41,3817.58%
Isanti County40,7327.60%
Mower County40,6353.64%
Douglas County38,7807.76%
Steele County36,7610.73%
Carlton County36,4432.90%
McLeod County35,853-2.01%
Becker County34,9637.42%
Nicollet County34,5445.45%
Morrison County33,3070.20%
Polk County31,177-1.46%
Freeborn County30,258-3.03%
Pine County30,0811.23%
Cass County29,8854.29%
Le Sueur County29,1805.23%
Mille Lacs County26,6632.25%
Brown County24,989-3.30%
Lyon County24,981-3.35%
Todd County24,682-0.87%
Meeker County23,3410.05%
Nobles County22,1523.39%
Hubbard County21,9947.67%
Wabasha County21,7550.38%
Fillmore County21,2101.65%
Dodge County20,9924.16%
Martin County19,639-5.60%
Waseca County18,621-2.74%
Houston County18,410-3.24%
Kanabec County16,5131.83%
Aitkin County16,088-0.75%
Sibley County15,2760.14%
Redwood County15,261-5.09%
Roseau County14,828-4.70%
Renville County14,502-7.53%
Pennington County14,1521.32%
Wadena County14,0271.53%
Faribault County13,746-5.08%
Koochiching County12,268-7.88%
Chippewa County11,856-4.72%
Pope County11,3213.14%
Cottonwood County11,277-3.73%
Watonwan County11,108-0.77%
Lake County10,9420.81%
Stevens County9,9152.16%
Jackson County9,757-5.00%
Yellow Medicine County9,695-6.98%
Marshall County9,432-0.10%
Rock County9,336-3.33%
Swift County9,243-5.26%
Pipestone County8,949-6.84%
Clearwater County8,7560.59%
Murray County8,122-6.61%
Lac qui Parle County6,584-9.14%
Norman County6,255-8.55%
Grant County6,1873.08%
Wilkin County6,118-7.15%
Lincoln County5,655-3.92%
Cook County5,4114.84%
Mahnomen County5,399-0.77%
Big Stone County4,945-6.22%
Kittson County4,226-7.18%
Red Lake County3,953-3.09%
Lake of the Woods County3,802-5.77%
Traverse County3,310-6.34%