Population of Counties in Minnesota (2021)

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 2021 Population Growth Since 2010 Density (mi²)
Hennepin County1,281,68011.05%2,314.41
Ramsey County553,2198.60%998.98
Dakota County436,9839.46%789.09
Anoka County363,8819.79%657.08
Washington County269,52212.80%486.69
St. Louis County197,840-1.15%357.25
Stearns County163,9138.73%295.99
Olmsted County162,16312.20%292.83
Scott County152,65716.97%275.66
Wright County142,50513.92%257.33
Carver County108,20118.38%195.39
Sherburne County99,80012.39%180.22
Blue Earth County68,2036.42%123.16
Rice County67,7845.51%122.40
Crow Wing County65,5774.74%118.42
Clay County64,6329.27%116.71
Otter Tail County58,8982.81%106.36
Chisago County57,7937.21%104.36
Winona County49,982-2.82%90.26
Beltrami County48,0947.90%86.85
Goodhue County46,4220.46%83.83
Itasca County45,2880.56%81.78
Kandiyohi County43,7773.66%79.05
Isanti County41,88810.65%75.64
Benton County41,6478.28%75.20
Mower County39,9021.76%72.05
Douglas County38,5036.99%69.53
Steele County36,471-0.07%65.86
McLeod County36,025-1.54%65.05
Carlton County35,9691.56%64.95
Becker County34,4915.96%62.28
Nicollet County34,4245.09%62.16
Morrison County33,8421.80%61.11
Polk County31,270-1.17%56.47
Cass County30,3155.80%54.74
Freeborn County29,883-4.23%53.96
Pine County29,8010.28%53.81
Le Sueur County29,4856.33%53.24
Mille Lacs County26,6312.12%48.09
Lyon County25,256-2.29%45.61
Todd County24,852-0.18%44.88
Brown County24,774-4.14%44.74
Meeker County23,3760.20%42.21
Hubbard County21,8917.17%39.53
Wabasha County21,591-0.37%38.99
Nobles County21,399-0.12%38.64
Dodge County21,2685.53%38.41
Fillmore County21,1131.20%38.13
Martin County19,505-6.25%35.22
Houston County18,656-1.94%33.69
Waseca County18,508-3.33%33.42
Kanabec County16,5191.87%29.83
Aitkin County15,884-2.01%28.68
Roseau County15,179-2.44%27.41
Redwood County15,006-6.67%27.10
Sibley County14,601-4.29%26.37
Renville County14,426-8.02%26.05
Pennington County14,0110.31%25.30
Wadena County13,600-1.56%24.56
Faribault County13,487-6.86%24.35
Koochiching County11,825-11.19%21.35
Chippewa County11,598-6.81%20.94
Pope County11,5575.31%20.87
Cottonwood County11,070-5.51%19.99
Lake County10,703-1.39%19.33
Watonwan County10,677-4.62%19.28
Stevens County9,9112.12%17.90
Jackson County9,748-5.09%17.60
Yellow Medicine County9,529-8.58%17.21
Marshall County9,242-2.11%16.69
Swift County9,152-6.17%16.53
Rock County9,143-5.33%16.51
Pipestone County9,124-5.02%16.48
Clearwater County8,8241.37%15.93
Murray County8,074-7.16%14.58
Lac qui Parle County6,541-9.72%11.81
Norman County6,167-9.75%11.14
Wilkin County6,133-6.95%11.07
Grant County5,938-1.07%10.72
Mahnomen County5,5872.70%10.09
Lincoln County5,581-5.17%10.08
Cook County5,5397.32%10.00
Big Stone County4,993-5.31%9.02
Kittson County4,358-4.28%7.87
Red Lake County4,1812.50%7.55
Lake of the Woods County3,746-7.16%6.76
Traverse County3,195-9.59%5.77