Report: Twin Cities population nears 3 million, housing construction rises


It's not just your imagination – the Twin Cities metropolitan area is indeed getting a little more crowded.

The Metropolitan Council – which runs the Metro Transit system and other public services in the seven-county area – is reporting that the Twin Cities' population grew to nearly three million in 2014.

That's a 4.5 percent jump from four years earlier, according to an email release.

The preliminary estimate of population and households as of April 1, 2014, shows the metro area hit 2,977,455 residents and added tens of thousands of new households and housing units as well.

The report suggests about 128,000 people moved to the Twin Cities from 2010 to 2014.

Moreover, officials say it looks like all parts of the region are seeing growth, though the characteristics of that growth differ depending on the area.

The release indicates urban communities saw a population increase because of a jump in the number of apartments and condominiums, accounting for an estimated 34,982 units.

Meanwhile, suburban areas experienced more development of single-family homes and condos – more than 47,000, according to early numbers.

Minneapolis, Minnesota's largest city, saw a healthy 7.5 percent spike in population, but that's only the second biggest increase. Nearby Blaine may be the area's fastest-growing city, coming in at No. 1 with an 8.5 percent population growth between 2010 and 2014.

Have a look at the breakdown yourself:

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