TC commuter patterns shifting, Census survey says


If you're like many Minnesotans, you don't work where you live, and a new Census survey shows what towns are hotbeds for a daily influx of workers, and which ones have gone bust.

The Pioneer Press reports on the survey, and talks about what it all means with State Demographer Susan Brower, who tells the paper the data show where commuters aren't going – to the exurbs.

The Census info shows shows that those outlying areas somewhere between the suburbs and the country are not gaining jobs, or population, as quickly as elsewhere.

Brower tells the paper that commuting patterns will change as the housing market gathers momentum, and that workers will want jobs in established cities rather than in the exurbs.

Bayport is the per-capita jobs-magnet king of the metro area, according to the St. Paul paper, with incoming commuters equaling about 136 percent of the city's population of 3,500.

Other "winners" in attracting commuters, according to the PiPress: Golden Valley, with incoming commuters equaling 89 percent of the population; Wayzata, 83 percent; Arden Hills, 80 percent; and Rogers, 53 percent.

The report also ranks the area's "bedroom communities" – think Oak Grove, Vadnais Heights, Mounds View, Crystal, Andover and Little Canada – which send the most net commuters to jobs in other cities, losing more than 40 percent of their population during each workday.

Of cities larger than 30,000 population, the paper says, the biggest losers are Cottage Grove, Apple Valley and Lakeville, each with a net loss of 25 percent or more due to commuting.

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