Where Are Hennepin County Residents Going?

A new U.S. Census Bureau map of migration patterns between counties shows Hennepin County residents leaving for other Minnesota counties in droves.

Hennepin County stole eight residents from Maine’s Penobscot County between 2006 and 2010. Meanwhile, it lost 10 people to the Aleutians East Borough in Alaska during the same time period.

A U.S. Census Bureau interactive map that went live Tuesday emphasizes just how far flung movements are between the 1.1 million-person county and the rest of the country. During the survey period, 31,084 people moved to Hennepin County from a different state while 30,550 people moved from here to a different state.

Movement wasn’t limited to the United States either. Hennepin County had 9,268 people move in from abroad.

Of course, migration was biggest within Minnesota—and Hennepin County saw nearly 10,000 more people leave than come in. The county had 43,632 people move to other Minnesota Counties. It had a whopping 3,825-person net loss to Anoka County alone.

By contrast, it saw just 35,662 people move in from other Minnesota Counties. The biggest gain came from Washington County, from which Hennepin County had a net gain of 772 people.

Use the search box above to see how much Hennepin County gained and lost to counties across the country. Click here to use the Census Bureau’s map to investigate migration patterns across the country in greater detail.

Fabuladico March 23, 2013 at 07:25 PM
Thinking about those figures, it's quite logical. There is only so much space within Hennepin County. The boarders are not going to expand. If 9,268 people move into the county from Mexico and the middle east and Somalia, and if 31,084 people moved to the the county from other states, then previous residents would have to leave to make room for the influx. 40352 new people arrived in the county, and so that many people had to go. With 43,632 people evacuating, it left room for the new residents. Interesting, but not exactly a revelation. If I could afford it, I'd move too.
Mike B. March 23, 2013 at 08:37 PM
Hennepin County and Minneapolis will continue to see an outflow of taxpaying residents, particularly now that Gov. Dayton wants to really hit the snowbirds hard, taxing them after sixty days out of state instead of 180 days. Companies are moving from Minnesota to tax-friendly states such as North and South Dakota that are politically more conservative, and that don't have the DFL wackos from the cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul to contend with. Minneapolis is going the way of Detroit, as businesses and jobs flee.
J. M Johnson March 24, 2013 at 04:34 PM
I lived here in the mid '80's, moved on and then returned last year. Conservatives back then were telling us the same thing -- DFL wackos were running MN into bankruptcy. Hasn't quite happened. Not saying here that it won't, but aging liberal pols like Dayton, Oberstar and their ilk will be long gone when (and if) we become Detroit. Sid Hartman will still be with us, though.


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