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Minnesota's biggest city gets bigger still

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For the first time since the 1970s, the population of Minneapolis has busted through the 400,000 threshold.

The Star Tribune reports the preliminary 2013 population estimate for the state's largest city stands at 400,938. That number is based on new estimates from the Metropolitan Council and represents a reversal in the city's population.

The city's growth has been spiking; the figures indicate that Minneapolis added 8,930 residents between 2012 and 2013. MPR News calculates the 2 percent annual growth rate is the city's fastest since the 1930s.

The city's population hit a historic high of 521,718 in the 1950 census. It shrunk steadily in the following decades as residents moved to or settled in the suburbs, bottoming out at around 370,000 in the 1980s.

Forecasts associated with the Met Council's 30-year planning projections estimate Minneapolis will reach a population of just under 465,000 by 2040. Minneapolis Mayor Betsy Hodges has set a goal of eventually surpassing 500,000 residents.

Census data released in March showed that the population of the entire metro area is expanding, with a jump of more than 100,000 people between 2010 and 2013. That report indicated suburban growth has slowed, reversing a longtime trend. Growth in the suburbs now accounts for only about one-third of metro population growth, compared to 84 percent last decade.

Estimates released at the end of 2013 by the Census Bureau showed the state’s overall population also continues to rise, with 5,420,380 total residents. That number represents a population hike of nearly 41,000 over the 2012 projection.

The city's final population estimates will be certified on July 15.

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