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Agency report
Implications of rural Minnesota's changing demographics

Extent: 12p., 536K, PDF 3.0
Description: Examines the driving forces and implications of three demographic trends in rural Minnesota: the aging population, exodus of young adults and the concentration of population growth. Includes examples of practices and programs that hold promise for addressing these issues
Date: July 1, 2000
Subject(s): Demography; Rural population; Aged; Rural policy
Creator(s): Minnesota Planning (Agency). Critical Issues Team
Contributor: Jay Stroebel
Publisher: Minnesota Planning (Agency); Minnesota Planning (Agency)
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Perspectives (HTML document) | Series details

Rural Minnesota is undergoing major shifts in demographics that have serious implica-tions for its future. Three major trends are:

  • Aging of the population: While 30 per-cent of the state’s total population lives in rural Minnesota, 41 percent of those age 65 and older live there.
  • Exodus of young adults: Five times as many college graduates moved to the Twin Cities region from elsewhere in Minnesota in 1990 as moved in the opposite direction— a trend that continues today.
  • Concentrated population growth: Seventy-five percent of Minnesota’s population growth from 1990 to 1998 occurred in 26 counties, most of which are in a corridor running from Olmsted in the southeast to Lake of the Woods in the north.


These trends were clearly seen as significant for rural Minnesota in discussions with citizens at Listening Post meetings across the state. This Perspectives report examines the likelihood of these trends continuing and identifies forces that may be driving them. Potential implications in the areas of education, health care, fiscal health, busi-ness and housing are identified, along with examples of practices and programs that hold promise for addressing these issues.

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