Cities & States

Hennepin County
Population: 1,197,776
Ramsey County
Population: 527,411
Dakota County
Population: 408,456
Anoka County
Population: 338,764
Washington County
Population: 246,670
St. Louis County
Population: 200,506
Stearns County
Population: 152,595
Olmsted County
Population: 148,736
Scott County
Population: 137,322
Wright County
Population: 128,691


State of Minnesota Demographics

Minnesota, the northernmost Midwest state, has been one of the top performers in coming back from the Great Recession. It has in large part done this by focusing on those underrepresented in the workforce; underserved youth, and adults in need of skills development. Investments in infrastructure and a focus on exports industries have led to increases in outside investment in the North Star State. (Source: Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development)

Based on 2013 statistics, the health care and social assistance sector employs the greatest percentage of workers in the state, followed by government and government enterprises; retail trade; manufacturing; and accommodation and food services, respectively.

The latest employment scorecard for the State of Minnesota for August 2016 to August 2017 is listed below, based on data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Minnesota’s 2016-2017 employment scorecard represents a continuation of a strong employment environment. The labor force grew at a healthy 1.84 percent rate, the labor force participation rate grew 0.7 percent to a very strong 70.1 percent, and the unemployment rate ticked down 0.2 percent to an also very strong 3.8 percent. You can view what jobs are available in Minnesota, as well as which sectors of the economy are growing most quickly, on our Job Listings page.

Minnesota Demographics

View more Minnesota demographics, largest cities and counties, news sources, investor relations sites, and a directory to the individual page for each city and county in the State of Minnesota below. More employment information for the State of Minnesota and each of the state’s metropolitan areas in our Employment Database. This database includes 10-years rolling data on the unemployment rate and total labor force for all 50 states, the United States, and every metropolitan area in the country, including comparative analysis relating metropolitan areas to their main state and the nation.

The largest employers in the state (as of December 2013) include the State of Minnesota, Mayo Clinic, United States Government, Target Corporation, Allina Health System, University of Minnesota, Health Partners, Inc., Wal-Mart Stores Inc., Fairview Health Services, and Wells Fargo Bank Minnesota.(Source: Merritt Research Services, LLC)

Total Population (2000, 2010, 2015*)

Based on 2000, 2010 and 2015* U.S. Census data
8.01% increase since 2000 census.
(* 2009-2015’ ACS 5-Year Estimates)

Directory of, Cities, Towns and Villages in Minnesota

Directory of Counties in Minnesota

Minnesota Unemployment Data
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